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Off the top:
1) I can’t believe I wrote a blog combining football and religion and didn’t call it “Hail Mary”.
2) With this blog entry I officially surpass my record for “Combined Words Written Towards One Thing”, a title previously held by “University”.
3) The wires are off! The bands are on. I scrubbed the individual angora mittens off each tooth, so If I can just learn to talk with a British accent, that should justify my bottom row…
4) Cliff from Cheers’ real last name is Ratzenberger. The Pope’s is Ratzinger. That’s all I’m saying.
5) This morning after almost 6 weeks of a wired mouth I put on a hoodie inside-out and backwards. A hoodie backwards, really? It turns out rock bottom looks like complete darkness and smells like cheap hair product.
It’s hard to make people feel how you want them to feel. When someone prefaces a story with “listen to how hilarious this is”, it isn’t. That’s why stand up comedy has to be so difficult. If the President ad-libs a little pit-a-pat baziiing everyone melts like the wicked witch. But when you stand in front of a group of people who know it’s coming, you’ve made that bold “I’m hilarious” statement tenfold. I love stand-up comedy, and think I’m becoming somewhat of a connoisseur of it. I started going every week in Kelowna during the summer and watching it on tv. Now I rent as many as possible and buy the keepers. It’s a difficult art and deserves to be recognized, so here I go. I’ll save you the sifting through the busts (endless) and give you the comedians that are gold (that I’ve seen. I’m sure there’s many more). Watching junkers can be fun in person, not so much at home.
The single best stand-up comedy routine I’ve seen to date is Jerry Seinfeld’s I’m Telling You For The Last Time. And it’s clean, a remarkable feat in comedy. I know some people don’t find Jerry funny, and to be honest, I thought most of his stand up wasn’t any good. But the idea behind this routine is that he’s retiring all his material and starting from scratch, so this will be the last time he ever tells his best jokes. So in this hour, on broadway, he does his best bits, the ones he knew were gold, and man, were they ever. Very PG observational stuff.
Seven minutes long, worth it if you have some time
If you haven’t seen Eddie Murphy’s Delirious or Raw, you’re missing out. NOT PG, but start to finish funny. I can’t speak to classics like Rickles, Dangerfield or Pryor just for lack of viewings. But some of the older stand-ups that were money any time you can catch ‘em are guys like Dennis Leary, George Carlin and Bill Cosby.
Dane Cook is aimed at someone younger than me, and those people LOVE him. It’s a real turn off. This guy loves himself like John Mayer. He never actually says it, but he’s clearly very impressed with himself. Dave Chapelle does a great job everytime he touches a mic. He’s one of those guys that doesn’t need great material to be funny, he could read an instruction manual and bust you up. If you like political humour Bill Maher is aimed at that niche of liberal leaning funny fans. He’s kind of take-it or leave-it, and for me, it’s great (Dennis Miller is the poor mans version, Lewis Black is better than him). The complete other side of these guys is those Blue Collar yahoo’s (Foxworthy, Cable Guy, White, Engvall… the last guy is awful). A lot of fun if you’re into the no-thinking low brow kind of comedy, which is fun at times. I bet its a blast in person, you could get wrecked and never miss a punchline. And lastly for mainstream is your black comedy (hey black guys, you can tell a different genre of jokes, watch Murphy and Chapelle). Katt Williams, Chris Rock and Everyotherblackguy kinda do the same shtick, but those first two do it best. It’s a laugh a minute, and jokes are every 7 seconds. I still enjoy it.
Last Comic Standing is doing a good job of turning people out. Stars from the show like Ralphie May and Dat Phan are a must see for new stuff. You really have to like watching stand up to enjoy it I think, but they do it very well. Just as good or better are newcomers Iliza Shlesinger and Gary Gulman. You have to stomach a commercial first cause I couldn’t figure out how to embed this one, but you can check out gary doin’ his thing here: http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=78446&title=gary-gulman-fig-newtons
So that folks, is my comedy State of the Union address. If I forgot anyone, or you have someone to recommend to me, drop me a line, I’d love to hear! Here’s Eastwood trying his hand in Gran Torino: