Thursday, November 06, 2008


I love comedy. Who doesn't? I was chatting with a couple of my coworkers at the restaurant, and they all shockingly agreed in comedy as a valuable past-time. One's take on it was that it was a good endorphin rush. He has a drug habit, so his input has a bit of an edge to it.

Off the top of my head, comedians whose standup has made me laugh over the years: Dane Cook, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard (only Dressed to Kill really, but my fave performance of all time), Kat Williams, Dennis Leary, Dana Carvey, David Spade, Jay Mohr, the guy who opened up for Jay Mohr, Eddie Murphy, Greg Giraldo, the guys who performed with Greg Giraldo that night, Ray Romano (yes, that one), and a whole bunch more whose names I don't know or who I'm forgetting. I'm sure some early stuff from Robin Williams and Steve Martin and Jerry Seinfeld and others are great. Louis CK is supposed to be awesome, but I haven't seen him. But one guy I've caught on comedy central and really liked was Bill Burr. And we have tickets to see him at the improv tomorrow night.

When I first saw him on a comedy special I thought he was kind of boring, then he kept going and going and proved a natural storyteller. I like that as he goes on over time he gets more and more animated, seeming to settle into more of a rhythm. I imagine if I were to do standup I'd have like a minute or two of good stuff that I'd take months to develop, then I'd fizzle out. The good story tellers really impress me and have my envy.

Here's a short clip:

He's a pretty negative guy in his standup, which turns me off more and more these days, but I can't help laughing at it. The fact that he can be pretty crass doesn't bother me in the least. That's my style sometimes.

I'm psyched.

Oh, I just remembered, he's apparently a regular on some radio show called Opie and Anthony that my brother in law listens to. Don't know the show. Anway,

I'm psyched.

1 comment:

Hatandcoat said...

Follow up: laughed so hard that my neck hurt.

Additions to list: Mitch Hedberg, Brian Regan, guy who opened for Bill Burr.