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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?
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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.
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Sarah Silverman is a master of making the "scripted" seem "spontaneous." I've learned a great deal from watching her.
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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.
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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.
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Greg Giraldo, Mitch Hedberg, Dane Cook
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Jim Gaffigan. Mike Birbiglia is great at coming full circle and is a brilliant story teller.
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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.
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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+.

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On Aug 30, 2014, sandsjr wrote:
Greg Giraldo, Mitch Hedberg, Dane Cook


Dane Cook?! He asked for comedians.

You should be punished for even using Dane Cook's name in the same sentence as Hedberg!! lol
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Easy dude. Don't I get some credits for mentioning Hedberg and Giraldo?
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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.


I also enjoyed "Comedian".

Another interesting documentary is "Heckler". You can see a description from Wikipedia here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%28film%29
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