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who is the best stand up comedian?

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Initial post: 1 Oct 2009, 21:47:25 BST
comedyal says:
Whos is the best stand up comedian, past or present?


Posted on 1 Oct 2009, 21:54:38 BST
TheFoe says:
Bill Hicks

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2009, 21:56:07 BST
I'ts got to be Michael Mcintyre, have just seen him at Nottingham's Trent FM Arena and he was hilarous. I think Rhod Gilbert will become more popular though when his DVD comes out as you don't often see him performing outside Wales.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2009, 01:39:44 BST
hypergod says:
Yep, I think I have to go with Bill Hicks too, though Eddie Izzard is very good and I'd like to put in a word for Billy Connolly before he, in my eyes, lost it.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2013, 14:43:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Feb 2013, 14:44:39 GMT
Paul Merton - in my humble opinion he has an incredible wit and such perfect timing.

I also really like Tim Vine and Lee Mack.

Posted on 10 Feb 2013, 14:56:19 GMT
Sparky says:
I would say Dave Alan but technically he was more of a sit-down.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2013, 16:18:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Feb 2013, 16:19:31 GMT
Ohhh yes indeed, how could I forget the wonderful Dave Allen?!!.....
I always loved the story about being sent to Sunday School for the first time as a little boy of 4. The Mother Superior who was very stern and scary said - "You are going to be a good little boy, aren't you?" and as he looked up at her, he could see past her to an image of Christ hung up on the wall.....a man actually nailed to a cross!.....and he thought he was DEFINITELY going to be a very, very good little boy!!! - HA HA HA!!! ;o>

At the end of each show, he would always raise his glass to toast his audience - "Thank you, Goodnight and may your God go with you".....what an exit!.....

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2013, 19:55:44 GMT
billy connelly best peter kay the worst

Posted on 10 Feb 2013, 21:46:24 GMT
Master Card says:
Depends on how you want to measure this. I took my son to Milton Jones and we both had a good night out. I did this as I knew there was virtually no chance of swearing etc , as would Stuart Francis ( although his act is more 'adult'). Rhod Gilbert (and I confess I knew his elder brother from schooldays) and also Ross Nobel for their flights of imagination. Someone you hardly hear these days is Steve Wright ( American comic not Radio 2 DJ - who I hear too much of) with his surreal humour. Frankie Boyle on Mock The Week showcases his sharpness, but live he is probably 'a bit much'.
Biggest dissapointment live must be Tim Vine, which I could get as much out of having a non funny uncle reading out Christmas Cracker jokes. He really needs to structure and link his jokes, and perhaps include some longer build ups.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2013, 00:40:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Feb 2013, 00:45:51 GMT
Tim Vine.....really? - I've only ever heard him on the radio, or watched his shows on TV - both of which, of course, will have been quite heavily edited. He is certainly THE guy to go to for one-liners, and they do often go off in all directions rather than link up in any way, but I had thought that because of this he would probably be better live? That once you got into it as an audience you would get far more out of it? Yet, I guess that isn't the case then.....

Well, thanks a lot for that Mastercard, because it certainly saves me the cost of a ticket which I would definitely put towards seeing Milton Jones instead. I've listened to Milton many times on Radio 4Extra and I do love his very daft flights of fanciful thinking. If he is even half as good live? - then it would make for a great night out. And in a very similar vein to you being happy to take along your son, I could take my (rather particular) Dad with me too, without finding myself cringing with embarrassment! - as he is very easily offended by any swearing.

I used to adore Jasper Carrott as a child but he seems to have all but disappeared now? And I have been to see Bill Bailey, but I found out that I much preferred watching his shows on TV to seeing him live? - I felt that I missed far too much of what was really going on by being a part of the audience somehow.

I have always wanted to go and see Brian Conley based on his TV shows - has anybody seen him live? And Boothby Graffoe after hearing him performing his songs on Radio 4Extra as well. And I would really love to take my Dad to see Barry Cryer in person - it's so great to see him still around and doing new shows too. I always feel that maybe I missed out on something special in not seeing Linda Smith, I used to love her on The News Quiz alongside Alan Coren - she tragically died so young, and now sadly, he is gone too.

A really great live show from a few years back for me though, has to be the remarkable Lee Evans - his non-stop energy was just simply incredible! I felt utterly exhausted for him by the end?!! - and weak from laughing so much too! He gave the whole fantastic show 110% - and I would really love to see him live again as he was worth every penny and much, much more!;o>

Posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:58:51 GMT
My kids love Michael Macintyre, but for me all that observational stuff has been done before and better...by Billy Connolly and Jasper Carrott. I'll put a word in for fellow fat bastard Alexei Sayle, don't let your Dad read this suzysunshine7

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2013, 22:20:00 GMT
I'm also partial to Alexei Sayle too - but you're right?! my Dad would sit there muttering away to himself about how it isn't funny, or clever! - and about how much his ticket cost?! - even though I would be the one who had paid for it!

The funny thing is, he will quite happily sit and watch Father Ted or Mrs Brown's Boys???.....somehow the language on those doesn't seem to count!

Posted on 18 Feb 2013, 17:24:16 GMT
Beancounter says:
Billy Connolly closely followed by Dara o Briain, both of whom I've seen in the last year and both had me laughing hard from start to finish.
And I agree with Paul Merton getting a mention; he was very good when I saw him quite a few years ago.

Posted on 18 Feb 2013, 21:45:30 GMT
D.S.Dk. says:
Billy Connolly was really funny in his younger days. But his newer material just doesn't cut the mustard for me. He released an L.P. called "Atlantic Crossing" in the '70's. Hilarious. Compare that to his Live in London 2010 dvd and he is not even a shadow of his former self. Most of the jokes on that dvd are old stuff, re-used. B.C. should have done a Fawlty Towers and stopped when he was on top.
Rich Hall is a very funny guy, Tommy Tiernan is great and Kevin Bridges is good for a laugh.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013, 09:35:54 GMT
Cartimand says:
I never really got Billy Connolly. He seems to be laughing more at his own jokes than the audience most of the time, and he really blew it with his crass gags about hostages being decapitated by islamic terrorists. In terms of old school comedians, Jasper Carrot, Phil Cool and Paul Merton are excellent. Amongst the new wave, I reckon Ross Noble is the most inventive and original.

Posted on 20 Feb 2013, 21:42:37 GMT
D.S.Dk. says:
Just saw Rhod Gilbert and "The Cat Who Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst". The first 10 minutes, not great. But it's a long time since I've laughed as much as I did during the rest of the show. Absolutley fantastic. A must see if you like stand up.

Posted on 22 Feb 2013, 14:31:16 GMT
John Cooper Clarke

Posted on 25 Feb 2013, 18:30:02 GMT
Bill Hicks.

Posted on 2 Mar 2013, 11:22:08 GMT
Ross says:
George Carlin was and still is the best :)

Posted on 2 Mar 2013, 15:38:35 GMT
Uk - Tim Vine, Ross Noble (pre 2005) Milton Jones, Stewart Lee, Alan Carr, Micky Flanagan

USA - Chris Rock, Dave chappelle

Posted on 2 Mar 2013, 15:59:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Mar 2013, 16:00:51 GMT
Bob Newhart anyone? - I loved listening to him when I was growing up.

The phone conversation to Sir Walter Raleigh over the new discoveries of Potatoes and Tobacco are what first spring to my mind. I've just been enjoying some of his sketches again on YouTube ;o>

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013, 15:53:54 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
Newhart was brilliant - that Sir Walter Raleigh routine still has me in stitches. The driving instructor sketch is also hilarious, even if it might be deemed just a little sexist today!

Posted on 6 Mar 2013, 00:59:36 GMT
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Posted on 6 Mar 2013, 01:21:27 GMT
kittycat2000 says:
Is it just me or does anyone else find that they prefer comedians from their own areas? I love Ed Byrne, Ardal O'Hanlon and Tommy Tiernan and I think Patrick Kielty is hilarious and he grew up 4 miles from me. On the other hand I just don't get John Bishop, Michael McIntyre or Leigh Francis. Most American comedians leave me cold too although there are exceptions. I think it's because a lot of comedians talk about what they know and if you've experienced something similar then you find it funny.

My favourite line from Ardal O'Hanlon is when he's talking about man flu and says "Women are never really ill, there is always some part of their brain thinking about shoes"

Posted on 9 Mar 2013, 13:00:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2013, 13:01:34 GMT
ric_mac says:
As with BBC panel games, there is a notable absence of any female artists in this thread. That -- and the fact that I dislike the fashion for adolescent sneering present in many male acts -- leads me to put a word in for Victoria Wood, who can be poignant, acute or just plain silly and remain at least as funny as anyone else on the circuit. Not only that, but she can write and perform sitcom, plays and songs with a humane observation that rivals Alan Bennett.
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