@ibetonyt Meh. I emphatically disagree. I don’t so much care for her current spate of YouTube videos or her speech at the 2016 DNC, but Silverman’s shown a remarkable range in both forms and content of humor. She’s brilliant in The Aristocrats. Sometimes Lampanelli makes me laugh, but not nearly as often, and she simply hasn’t made the impact across the genres where Silverman’s scored. And while I don’t always agree with her, I appreciate the various ways she’s publically taken a stand on important issues (mental health, climate change, Justice, etc.) while still, IMO, managing to mostly remain funny.
@00@panafonics@bingo security told me I needed to move because I was standing in front of the emergency fire exit. As if there was a fire, I wasn’t gonna move. If you are flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.
@00@Bingo@panafonics that is also one of my favorites. I him and his style because he tells jokes… Not just a story with made up components… He just got up there, told a one liner joke, then straight to the next one. No long buildup to a punchline. Just rapid-fire jokes.
I once got to have a rare and magical experience seeing Carlin absolutely bomb. He was on the road testing material and two in a row just didn’t go over. Really something I am glad for, because it shows how much work goes into actual comedy.
(He pivoted back to tested material very quickly and won the audience over.)
@cinoclav My vote’s still with Carlin, but those three are close behind–and each in their own right is in ways praiseworthy above Carlin (just, yaknow, overall, Carlin still gets my vote). Bruce and Wright are probably closer to my own soul and sense of humor.
@parodymandotcom I almost mentioned him. I was fortunate to have front row seats to one of his shows. It was a round venue (Valley Forge Music Fair for those local folk), so the stage was basically floor level and just a few feet from the seats. Went with a friend and Rodney picked on him throughout the show. We were about 17 years old and it was absolutely epic. I still love RD to this day.
I met–er, served–Richard Pryor’s son, Mason, at a now dead restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. You know what is more meh than that? Paying for a half decades worth of VMP and still getting fucked out of an irk when henna tattoos and bots get the “goods.”
Had a phone one time with a bug such that after it rang, whatever was playing previously would resume - even if it was stopped. I’d been listening to the comedy channel on Pandora. Left it at my desk, missed a call, and coworkers got to hear Robin Williams talking about his nipples.
No one here has to do anything. I fully support this form of civil disobedience. Moreover, while I’m willing in this case to make a choice, I wouldn’t say that I’m unambivalent about it and I mostly abhor the whole make a choice, have a favorite bullshit.
Not that you asked. But I’m okay with that part too.
@joelmw Honestly, I don’t think I could pick a singular favorite anything. It’s not that I’m an indecisive person, generally quite the opposite. But to say that any one thing is the absolute best/greatest feels incredibly limiting.
@mrchristian Even (especially?) among my closest people, it’s difficult. My wife is definitely my favorite person. But so is my daughter. But differently. And my stepson and son-in-law are also favorites. I do have a favorite family member (that isn’t a kid), my eldest brother. I have a favorite employee.
Otherwise I choose to have favorites in the moment. I will tell people less important that they’re my favorite, but I think we both know that it’s a transitory and/or specific domain sort of thing. I mean it, but they may be displaced an hour later.
But among things–colors, songs, books and even people more distant–what’s the point? Why do I have to pin myself down? Blake is my favorite poet. So is Yeats. And Ginsberg. And Donne. And Hopkins. And WC Williams. And Seuss. Etc.
It’s like people want to be on a team. I’m my own goddamned team. I’ll sub the rest of y’all–again, with a handful of noted exceptions–in as needed.
@tohar1 I love Kinison. And as a former Pentecostal myself (he was a Pentecostal preacher before becoming a comic, which makes a lot more sense than folks might imagine), I completely identified with his rage and much of his world view (not so much his occasional misogyny though). And he seemed like a sweetheart, despite his abrasiveness on stage.
Robin Harris. Based solely on 1 record, 2.5 movies (all of which were hardly more than extended Harris “bits”), and 3 sets of recorded stand up. As much deserved cred as Burr gets for being “tough” on audiences… Robin was the Merciless Death Ray Mercer of audience abuse
and BB would likely tell you so himself. RH gone way too soon.
Sometimes he is pretty damned funny. And I love a lot of his spoken word stuff–which is often hilarious (I don’t even care if he means it to be) and can be brilliant beyond the humor. I also love that he’s not afraid to slap back on Twitter.
Not that he actually deserves to be in this list, but still entertaining and amusing.