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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

patton's favorite comics

Maria Bamford; Paul F. Tompkins; Andy Kindler; The Fun Bunch; Brian Posehn; Sarah Silverman; Jim Norton; Patrice O'Neal; Jen Kirkman; Blaine Capatch; Brian Posehn; Doug Benson; Zach Galifianakis; Nick Swardson; Brody Stevens; Marc Maron; Greg Fitzsimmons; Laura Kightlinger; Chris Hardwick (either alone or with Phirman); Louis CK, Dave Attell; Howard Kremer; Dave Chappelle; Dave Anthony; Todd Barry; Greg Behrendt; UCB, or any of its members solo; Andy Blitz; Chip Pope; Laura Silverman; The Sklar Brothers; Jon Glaser and John Benjamin; Tony Camin; Arj Barker; Frank Conniff; David Cross; Bob Odenkirk; Peter Spruyt; Sean Cullen; Dmirti Martin; Andrew Daly; Joe Wagner; Jimmy Pardo; Todd Glass; Jimmy Dore; Kevin Seccia; Mary-Lynn Rajskub; Graham Elwood; Charles Ezell; Craig Anton, Ron Lynch; Laura House; Wayne Federman; David Feldman; Paul Goebel; Eddie Pepitone; Dana Gould (!); The Naked Trucker; Kathy Griffin; Paul Greenberg; Boris Hamilton; Drew Hastings; Jackie Kaishan; Greg Proops; Kevin Kataoka; Tom Kenney and Jerry Minor

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Patton Oswalt

Wacky midget and currently one of the top 5 funniest living people, Patton Oswalt was on NPR on monday being interviewed. Most of the chat was standard promotional stuff for his new CD but he also addressed a subject that I had just brought up last weekend in conversation about the current state of standup comedy.

He was talking about when he first started out and, thanks mostly to Johnny Carson, 99% of comics did standup in the hope that they wouldn't have to do standup much longer. Every comic had 5 minutes of clean material that they could perform on Carson in hopes they would get invited over to the desk and then the sitcoms and movies would just roll in from there. Then they could finally be rid of the 'burden' of having to please people face to face.

With the success of comics like Ray Romano and Kevin James, and the creation of shows like Last Comic Standing , this attitude seems to have returned in a big way. None of the comics on 'LCS' want to continue doing standup, that's the whole point of the show. Everyone on it is a 'successful' standup comedian who is now demanding a lucrative tv deal so they can finally quit this job they obviously hate so much. The only trouble is, as a result of them hating their job, they're usually not very funny and won't get a tv deal. It's a vicious cycle.

Thankfully, there's still a few comics that love what they do; Dave Attell, Louis CK and Patton to name a few. Despite relative success on tv, all three of these guys continue to perform all the time. It's people like them that stop comedy from eroding back into the awful 'Night at the Improv' days of the mid-80s. We're dangerously close to returning to the heady days of ventriloquists and impressionists cracking us up with yet another 'dead on' Jack Nicholson...

Sunday, July 11, 2004

David Cross

Some people probably hate David Cross for his political views and no-holds-barred criticisms of George W. Those people, of course, are idiots.

Cross, along with Lewis Black, is one of the greatest political comics working today. And even if you don't agree with his views, his writing is so good and his timing so dead on, he'll still have you laughing your ass off.

You can't really mention Cross without mentioning Mr. Show, the groundbreaking show he created with Bob Odenkirk that is the closest thing to Python in 30 years.

The two CDs he has released, "Shut up You Fucking Baby" and "It's Not Funny" are both so topical that it will be interesting to see how they stand the test of time. I personally think they'll do very well and rank right up there with Bill Hicks, who was also very topical.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Dave Attell

Mr. Attell is nothing short of a phenominally funny comedian. Everything from the construction of his jokes to his incredibly well-timed delivery lets you know he's been at this for a while. The show that has brought him fame, Insomniac, is an excellent vehicle for his real gift which is to make fun of someone to their face in such a nice and funny way that they don't even realize they're being made to look like an ass.

The formula for Insomniac has gotten a bit stale as of late, and attempts are being made to spice it up (hour long specials, foreign countries etc.), but the format really doesn't work too well overseas, and Dave's anonymity combined with American's desire to be on television is the combination that worked the best.

All that aside, Dave Attell easily makes any list I would make of best standup comedians of all time.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Top comedians of all time, for now....

I might as well make a list of the top 30 standup comics of all time. In my pompous and rude opinion:

Dave Attell, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks, Louis CK, Mitch Hedburg, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Drew Carey, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Jonathan Katz, Jim Gaffigan, Rodney Dangerfield, Richard Belzer, Norm MacDonald, Colin Quinn, Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Martin, Eugene Mirman, Demitri Martin, Lenny Bruce, Todd Barry, Sarah Silverman, and from Hollywood, Andy Kaufman

Up and comer, barely missed the list:


In the coming weeks, I hope to make this a repository for reviews and discussion about Standup comics. Who's funny, who's not etc. etc.

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