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Topic: Stand up comedy
Message: Posted by: Alexxander (Aug 30, 2014 10:37AM)
I recently started watching some stand up comedy acts on youtube and I found that there is a lot to be learned from it.
They have nothing but their microphone to entertain their crowd.

Any recommendations on good comedians? (preferably not sexist ones)
Which are your favorites?
Message: Posted by: Gourmet (Aug 30, 2014 10:49AM)
Since you're from Germany, check out Johann Köhnich. My favourite in the german language by far. also check out Horst Evers. I highly recommend them both.

Bill Hicks is one of my favorites in the english language.
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Aug 30, 2014 10:56AM)
Sarah Silverman is a master of making the "scripted" seem "spontaneous." I've learned a great deal from watching her.
Message: Posted by: Steven Keyl (Aug 30, 2014 11:20AM)
Whether or not you're a fan of his comedy, Jerry Seinfeld is great at making his act seem like a conversation. Every inflection, pause, glance and nuanced expression is part of the scripting. If you've ever seen 2 or more performances of his on the same tour, you will be shocked at how identical everything is, all the while making his observations appear extemporaneous.
Message: Posted by: ddyment (Aug 30, 2014 12:05PM)
Following on from Steven's post, I recommend watching "Comedian" a 2002 documentary on Jerry Seinfeld. A master class in the life of a performance artist.
Message: Posted by: sandsjr (Aug 30, 2014 12:51PM)
Greg Giraldo, Mitch Hedberg, Dane Cook
Message: Posted by: Harry the magic man (Aug 30, 2014 01:24PM)
Jim Gaffigan. Mike Birbiglia is great at coming full circle and is a brilliant story teller.
Best wishes,
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Aug 30, 2014 07:11PM)
Bill Hicks, for definite. And Rich Hall.

For a very smooth, polished professional act, try Michael McIntyre and Jim Carr. Not my favourites, but consummate professionals.
Message: Posted by: illusions & reality (Aug 30, 2014 08:50PM)
Our favorite is Brian Regan. He is a master of clean comedy and the consummate professional. We just saw him live and laughed so hard that our throats hurt the next day!

He received a spontaneous standing ovation from the audience of 2,000+.

Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Aug 31, 2014 03:47AM)
Learn from them all... :ohyes:
Message: Posted by: tmoca (Aug 31, 2014 12:09PM)
[quote]On Aug 30, 2014, sandsjr wrote:
Greg Giraldo, Mitch Hedberg, Dane Cook [/quote]

Dane Cook?! He asked for comedians.

You should be punished for even using Dane Cook's name in the same sentence as Hedberg!! lol
Message: Posted by: sandsjr (Aug 31, 2014 12:18PM)
Easy dude. Don't I get some credits for mentioning Hedberg and Giraldo?
Message: Posted by: colin72 (Sep 1, 2014 08:32AM)
[quote]On Aug 30, 2014, ddyment wrote:
Following on from Steven's post, I recommend watching "Comedian" a 2002 documentary on Jerry Seinfeld. A master class in the life of a performance artist. [/quote]

I also enjoyed "Comedian".

Another interesting documentary is "Heckler". You can see a description from Wikipedia here: