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Which comedians do we think are genuinely funny?


Patton Oswalt

by Anonymousreply 10301/27/2013

Eddie Izzard

by Anonymousreply 104/22/2010

I love CHELSEA LATELY but find her little people humor to be unfunny, degrading and overdone. That being said, I think that Jo Koy and Loni Love are both pretty hilarious, though I cannot STAND the huge whale 'mo (Guy something) and the fat, ugly-as-sin moptopped redhead. Josh Kelly says some funny things from time to time, though he always seems stoned out of his mind (and probably is).

I think Margaret Cho is probably the most laugh-out-loud funny comedian out there, and Joan and Kathy are always fabulous.

I used to love Laura Kightlinger (sp), too, but it seems as though she prefers working behind the scenes these days. A real shame.

by Anonymousreply 204/22/2010

Margaret Cho hasn't written a new joke in about ten years.

by Anonymousreply 304/22/2010

Cho and Griffin are my faves. Joan Rivers and Phyliss Diller crack me up too.

But the only comedian to ever make me pee my pants was Kathleen Madigan but it wasn't at one of her shows...we used to hang out before she was famous.

by Anonymousreply 404/22/2010

I didn't even discover him until after he died, but I find that even just reading Mitch Hedberg's jokes, hearing his unique way of inflecting words in my head, causes me to crack up.

I know he's considered stoner humor, but I've never gotten high in my life and he still cracks me the hell up.

by Anonymousreply 504/22/2010

"How do you feel about frilly toothpicks?"

"I'm for 'em!"

by Anonymousreply 604/22/2010

[quote] Margaret Cho hasn't written a new joke in about ten years.

And it's been even longer since she wrote a funny joke.

by Anonymousreply 704/22/2010

Norm MacDonald

Chevy Chase

Harland Williams

John Inman

Maria Bamford

Not usually my type of comedy, but Chris Farley was a riot

by Anonymousreply 804/22/2010

Wanda Sykes and that's about it.

by Anonymousreply 904/22/2010

[quote]And it's been even longer since she wrote a funny joke.

And it was an entire epoch ago when she emitted a trace of the female graces.

by Anonymousreply 1004/22/2010

R9 Good grief, NOT Wanda Sykes. That bitch ain't funny.

by Anonymousreply 1104/22/2010

Steven Wright

by Anonymousreply 1204/22/2010

Louis C.K. I can watch his clips on Youtube over and over again and crack up every time.

by Anonymousreply 1304/22/2010

Props to two dead, truthful guys:

Bill Hicks

George Carlin

by Anonymousreply 1404/22/2010

I second Louis CK. Just showed my bf a clip last night

by Anonymousreply 1504/22/2010

Joy Behar

Judy Gold

Chelsea Lately

Sandra Bernhard

by Anonymousreply 1604/22/2010

Jamie Foxx

by Anonymousreply 1704/22/2010

R2 and R16, being typical Chelsea Handler fans, do not realize her last name is "Handler," not "Lately."

by Anonymousreply 1804/22/2010

Paula Poundstone.

by Anonymousreply 1904/22/2010

R16 I knew some fucking moron would mention Joy Behar. A long-ago failed comedienne. She is THE worst.

by Anonymousreply 2004/22/2010

Joy Behar? You cannot be serious. Genuinely funny? Joy Behar? Get the fuck outta here.

by Anonymousreply 2104/22/2010

Jim Carrey

John Cleese

Joan Cusack

by Anonymousreply 2204/22/2010

Craig Ferguson


by Anonymousreply 2304/22/2010

Notice how the naysayers don't have the balls to list their favorites.

by Anonymousreply 2404/22/2010

I've always loved Billy Connolly

by Anonymousreply 2504/22/2010

R18: Go fuck yourself. I put the TITLE OF THE SHOW in caps, which is correct, and never referred to her as "Lately" in my post. Judging from your post, you have a firm grasp on correct grammar and punctuation like me but would prefer to be a bitter cunt who is bitchy and adds nothing to the thread rather than being remotely kind or helpful. I reiterate: go fuck yourself, darling.

by Anonymousreply 2604/22/2010

Try some Lynn Koplitz. Probably can find her on youtube.

by Anonymousreply 2704/22/2010

Eddie Izzard. Joan Rivers and George Carlin.

Actor wise John Cleese and Lily Tomlin.

by Anonymousreply 2804/22/2010

Megan Mullally

by Anonymousreply 2904/22/2010

Dave Chappelle


by Anonymousreply 3004/22/2010

Jim Gaffigan. "Hot Pockets" is one of my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 3104/22/2010

I saw Joy Behar at a comedy club about 15 years or so ago in NJ and she was laugh out loud funny. She had the room going and I remember thinking she was the next Joan Rivers.

Despite all the face lifts and other bullshit, Joan Rivers might be the funniest woman of all time. Early Roseanne Barr was also very good as a stand up.

by Anonymousreply 3204/22/2010

Joan Rivers is great. She cracks me up with some of her Twitter posts.

Lewis Black is one of my favs.

by Anonymousreply 3304/22/2010


by Anonymousreply 3404/22/2010

I was not a big fan before, but Wanda Sykes' current HBO special is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time.

by Anonymousreply 3504/22/2010

What is wrong with you people?

Stephen Colbert, period.

Oh, & W.C. Fields.

by Anonymousreply 3604/22/2010

Julie Brown

by Anonymousreply 3704/22/2010

Sheryl Underwood

by Anonymousreply 3804/22/2010

I enjoy Alec Mapa

by Anonymousreply 3904/22/2010

Love love love Jim Gaffigan and Maria Bamford!

Also, Mike Birbiglia

Suzanne Westenhoefer

Stephen Lynch

Nick Thune

Paula Pounstone

by Anonymousreply 4004/22/2010

Jon Stewart

Steven Colbert

John Cleese

Lucile Ball

by Anonymousreply 4104/22/2010

John Roy

by Anonymousreply 4204/22/2010



and of course, Purple.

by Anonymousreply 4304/22/2010

Dave Chappelle and Eddie Izzard are the people alive.

Others who are hilarious:

Wanda Sykes

Chris Rock

Patton Oswalt

George Carlin

Jim Gaffigan

Suzanne Westenhoefer

by Anonymousreply 4404/22/2010

[quote][R16] I knew some fucking moron would mention Joy Behar. A long-ago failed comedienne. She is THE worst.

Who cay-yahs? So what?

by Anonymousreply 4504/22/2010

[quote]Dave Chappelle and Eddie Izzard are the people alive.

Whoops. I meant to type "funniest people alive".

by Anonymousreply 4604/22/2010

Al Villa is a genius.

by Anonymousreply 4704/22/2010

Suzanne Westenhoefer

Eddie Izzard

Ricky Gervais

John Stewart

Kathy Griffin

Stephen Colbert

Jennifer Saunders

Dawn French

Joanna Lumley

Tina Fey

Amy Poehler

Margaret Cho

by Anonymousreply 4804/22/2010

Jennifer Saunders

Dawn French

French & Saunders

Eddie Izzard

Ellen Degeneres

Tina Fey

by Anonymousreply 4904/22/2010

russell brand

by Anonymousreply 5004/22/2010

russell brand

by Anonymousreply 5104/22/2010

Bill Bailey

Mitch Benn

Mark Steel

Eleanor Bron

Peter Cook

Sean Lock

Alexander Armstrong & Ben Miller

by Anonymousreply 5204/23/2010

Lewis Black

Marc Maron

Patton Oswald

Kathy Griffen

by Anonymousreply 5304/23/2010

Previously mentioned:

Eddie Izzard - check Lewis Black - check John Stewart/Stephen Colbert - check Kathy Griffin - check Degeneris (in long form, not extemporaneously)

Not mentioned:

Garry Shandling (see also insane) Ricky Gervais Graham Norton

by Anonymousreply 5404/23/2010

Rich Hall

by Anonymousreply 5504/23/2010

Kathy Griffin is the only person I enjoy seeing live over and over (because her material gets updated with current gossip). Others I like are

Lewis Black

Eddie Izzard

Katt Williams

Ellen Degeneres

Dave Chappelle

Bill Maher (I enjoyed his last 2 HBO stand ups, especially the recent one)

And I love Jon Stewart's show

by Anonymousreply 5604/23/2010

Ron White

by Anonymousreply 5704/23/2010

Tater's audience is just waiting for him to make a f*g or N joke, but he just won't do it. I do think he's funny but I wouldn't go see him because his audience gives me the creeps.


I also like Wanda Sykes Dave Chapelle Chris Rock Ellen Margaret Kathy

by Anonymousreply 5804/23/2010

Frank DeCaro is hillarious!

by Anonymousreply 5904/23/2010

one more try for Ron White

by Anonymousreply 6004/23/2010

Dave Chapelle

Eddie Izzard

Jennifer Saunders

Dawn French

Ricky Gervais

Paul Mooney

by Anonymousreply 6104/23/2010

Jeffrey Ross, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Saunders, Tracey Ullman, Julie Brown, Roseanne, Sandra Bernhard

by Anonymousreply 6204/23/2010

Sarah Silverman Emo Philips

by Anonymousreply 6304/23/2010

Buddy Hackett and Shecky Green.

And yes, I know...I am an old fart.

by Anonymousreply 6404/23/2010

That show 'Last Comic Standing', in addition to the unfunny majority, usually has some of the most original, unique and hilarious stand ups during the auditions, but the good ones almost always never make it through.

One time, I felt the judges picked contestants based on their looks not talent. I hate them.

by Anonymousreply 6504/23/2010

I understand what Steven Colbert is doing and I appreciate his sardonic social commentary. But literally funny, as in laugh out loud funny? Not once. He's talented at what he does and he ends up making pointed barbs at lots of necessary targets but he is not literally laugh out loud funny. I smile but that's it.

Funny? Joan Rivers is funny.

by Anonymousreply 6604/23/2010

I know this makes me a british frau, but I love Michael McIntyre

by Anonymousreply 6704/23/2010

I remember on "Make Me Laugh" one deadpan gal was killing the comics and heading for a win. Nothing could get her to crack a smile. Henny Youngman walked out - the last comic up - with his fiddle under his arm. He stopped six feet in front of her, tilted his chin down, and looked at her. She burst out laughing.


by Anonymousreply 6804/23/2010


[quote]One time, I felt the judges picked contestants based on their looks not talent. I hate them.

You think?

by Anonymousreply 6904/23/2010

Maria Bamford in character as her sister explaining how to stop her mother from buying you shit at Target is almost too real to laugh at, I don't understand how she isn't a successful character actress or voice actress at least.

by Anonymousreply 7004/23/2010

Russell Brand Noel Fielding (more funny strange than funny ha ha, but I like him nonetheless) Kathy Griffin Mitch Hedburg I once saw a really funny Janeane Garofalo stand-up routine in the early 90's, but it was probably the last funny thing she did, sadly. Patton Oswalt's KFC thing is great.

by Anonymousreply 7104/23/2010

R70, I agree. She should be huge. Even watching the clips of her on TV shows and movies(not stand-up) she is great. Absolutely hilarious in the Travolta movie Lucky Numbers as the waitress who wins the lottery.

by Anonymousreply 7204/23/2010

Wanda Sykes and George Carlin

by Anonymousreply 7304/23/2010

Dude I'm so late on this but I'll have to say 4 chan.

The whole bald for beiber has me on the floor laughing.

Chicks were cutting off their hair for him.

by Anonymousreply 7410/26/2012

Bald for beiber

by Anonymousreply 7510/26/2012

Chris Rock

Patton Oswalt

David Cross

Paul F. Tompkins

by Anonymousreply 7610/26/2012

Amy Schumer!

by Anonymousreply 7710/26/2012

We? I'll speak for myself.

Norm MacDonald

Mitch Hedberg

Maria Bamford

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I hate most comedians and find them unfunny, especially the kind loved at DL for the most part.

by Anonymousreply 7810/26/2012

Holy fuck, r77--good for her!

I don't like roasts, but I'm glad she dished some shit out that straight men usually can't take.

Patrice said a lot of nasty shit about (white) women and it was nice to see the tables turned for once.

I never found her that funny, but I respect her cojones here.

by Anonymousreply 7910/26/2012

Hey R79, did he rape them afterwards?

by Anonymousreply 8010/26/2012

I miss George Carlin. Imagine what he'd have to say about Mitt Romney, the Tea Party, Fox News, reality TV, etc.

by Anonymousreply 8110/26/2012

D.L. Hughley. Steven Colbert. Dave Chappelle (before he went crazy). Kathy Griffin. Lewis Black. Sinbad. Yeah, I said it. Chris Rock when he was young and edgy. Seinfeld when he was young and funny:) Jay Leno when he was young and actually DID stand up. Ricky Gervais's comedy specials. No awards shows.

by Anonymousreply 8210/26/2012

R66, I agree that he's not funny. Most people's base criteria for whether someone is funny or not is based upon whether or not they get the jokes. If they get them, they feel compelled to laugh or else they'd be afraid of being accused of not getting it. So it's wimpy and coercive, and they play along. Then they get to feel superior to others who don't laugh and attack them for not getting it, even though these people simply don't think it's funny.

It's about peer pressure.

"Oh this is political? Hilarious!!!!!"

by Anonymousreply 8310/26/2012

Jim Gaffigan- freaking hilarious.

Joan Rivers

Kathy Griffin

Sandra Bernhard

I've seen all of them live and had a blast. I thought I hated Joan Rivers, but at a tiny venue, she totally brought her A game, it was funny as shit.

by Anonymousreply 8410/26/2012

How could I forget the Queen of Comedy? Joan, you are to die for. Also props to Sarah Silverman and Bill Maher. Jimmy Kimmel is the funniest of all the late night talk show hosts. Conan and Ferguson are too self indulgent. Letterman is an asshole. And he knows it. Fallon is great at mimicry but his opening monologue is often weak.

by Anonymousreply 8510/26/2012

Judy Tenuta

by Anonymousreply 8610/26/2012

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by Anonymousreply 8710/26/2012

Drew Hastings Jimmy Pardo Chad Daniels Tim Wilson Kathleen Madigan Tim Bedore

by Anonymousreply 8810/26/2012

Tommy Johnagin

by Anonymousreply 8910/26/2012

The late, great Richard Pryor. He was funnier when he worked clean. Way back in the days of The Ed Sullivan Show. He didn't believe that but it's true. I still remember a bit he did about Rumpelstilskin that killed and I was twelve years old at the time. Watching him perform gave hope to my own dream of writing comedy for a living. I loved the guy.

by Anonymousreply 9010/26/2012

r85, I agree that Letterman is a miserable old bastard but we differ in that I think this makes him the best late night personality. It pains me to admit this but I'd definitely pick Kimmel over Conan these days. Jimmy Fallon is acquitting himself pretty well as host of Late Night and the non-threatening, Let's Have Fun With Famous People vibe of his show makes me think they really need to get Ellen to snipe Leno's job when the time is right.

by Anonymousreply 9110/26/2012

John Viener is funny and is a very hot geek. He did a series of Florida Orange Juice commercials and is best known as a voice actor for Family Guy. He's handsome with a great body which you can see by typing in his name and choose Images.

by Anonymousreply 9201/27/2013

Sheena Easton

Margaret Thatcher

Jeb Bush

by Anonymousreply 9301/27/2013

Moms Mabley!

by Anonymousreply 9401/27/2013

I liked Rita Rudner because her act was so unique and delivery so original.

by Anonymousreply 9501/27/2013

R95 - at the time yes, but now it's so overdone and tired. It's annoying.

I'll go with:

Wanda Sykes - every special I was crying from laughing so hard; saw her in concert and she delivered

Amy Schumer

Louis CK

Hal Sparks is surprisingly good - you should checkout his latest concert

Sarah Silverman - not 100%, but definitely has her moments

Ellen back in the day was hilarious

by Anonymousreply 9601/27/2013

Why are there so many lesbian but very few gay stand-up comics?

by Anonymousreply 9701/27/2013

R97 - there are some - Louis Anderson, Todd Glass, Anthony Clark, - but most are in the closet. Todd Glass came out only recently and I never had gaydar on him (although I always thought he was really cute.)

But I think it's a very macho male-dominated club circuit. But it seems like humor has evolved more in the past 10-15 years where male comedians are more vulnerable and are observation-based instead of making fun of others.

I don't think Eddie Murphy would do very well today - his comedy made fun of a lot of people and was stereotypical. Now only women can do this - Lisa Lampanelli, Amy Schumer.

by Anonymousreply 9801/27/2013

Jennifer Coolidge

by Anonymousreply 9901/27/2013

Sebastian Maniscalco, Steven Wright and o lord how I miss Sam Kinison

by Anonymousreply 10001/27/2013

Dane Cook owns this thread. I would rather watch my dog vomit.

by Anonymousreply 10101/27/2013

R 101 here. I read the title as unfunny- I was wondering why Dane Cook wasn't mentioned in every reply and then I read the title again.

Carry on...

by Anonymousreply 10201/27/2013

Janeane Garofalo

Sarah Silverman

Kathy Griffin (from 2004 to about 2008)

Louis CK

There's an up and comer named Mike Lawrence who I think is hysterical. Really dark stuff though.

by Anonymousreply 10301/27/2013
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