questionswho's your favorite comedian?

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George Carlin, may he rest in peace.

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Dead:

Mitch Hedberg
Patrice O'Neal
Greg Giraldo

Alive:

Jim Norton
Nick DiPaolo

Female:

Lisa Lampanelli
Amy Shubert

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Donald Glover is a pretty good up and comer.

Louie C.K. is probably the reigning king at the moment though.

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I'm a big Marc Maron fan these days, mostly because of his WTF podcast. If you're into comedy and aren't listening to WTF, then you better get on that (profanity). wtfpod.com

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I'll only go with living, and still makes me laugh...

Brian Reagan

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I still love listening to Eddie Murphy's old comedy albums. Offensive, yet classic.

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Bill Cosby for his clean, yet still hilarious humor.

George Carlin, for saying everything that the rest of us were thinking!

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George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers & the pre-movies Eddie Murphy. Was lucky enough to see Carlin, Rivers & Murphy in person. Laughed so hard my belly hurt. :-D Like Jon Stewart.

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@mrmucox: My votes, exactly.

If I may add one from long, long ago, I always loved Red Skelton as a kid. Not the kind of humor one hears these days, but always somewhat gentle and sweet. A few years ago I stumbled across a special on his life and remembered how great he was. He once ended a show by pointing out that everyone had had a great time and shared a lot of laughs, but he had never uttered a single off-color word. As much as I enjoy a lot of the new comedians, I have to admit that many of them are relying too heavily on the shock value of what they say, rather than actual humor.

Maybe I'm just old.

On the other hand, from the "still alive but not too modern" list, I loved Steve Martin back in his stand up days, and Robin Williams was brilliant. Many people find him annoying now, but when he was first on the scene his bit was new and innovative.

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Mike Birbiglia
He is hilarious without being vulgar and trying to go for the "shock value".

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George Carlin after he became "enlightened"

Louis Black

currently digging stuff from Mike Birbiglia and Greg Behrendt.

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@belyndag: Thanks so much for mentioning Red Skelton, Steve Martin and (how did I forget the genius?) Robin Williams. Lucille Ball & Carol Burnett - 2 very funny women! Age showing here, too. ;-)

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Taylor Mason (http://youtu.be/u-gTb20NMdc)
Jeff Smith (http://youtu.be/iXlCxGRjNKE)

I also second Bill Cosby (mentioned above), and Robin Williams (though only in movies, for some reason I can't stand his stand-up (no pun intended, honest))

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@belyndag: I agree on the shock value. When a comedian has to use shock value for laughs, he has run out of good ideas. It's nice to see comedy that is cleverly crafted and delivered and not just something spewed out to grab people's attention.

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@gmwhit: I almost mentioned Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball but thought that I had rambled enough already. I've always said that, when I grow up, I want to be Carol Burnett!

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George Dubyah Bush. Louis CK is a distant runner-up.

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I vote Christopher Walken. I want a glass of fine champagne...

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How is it possible that someone missed Dr. Denis Leary?

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Seinfeld. From years past, Sid Ceasar & Imogene Coca. Cosby too but I just saw him live and it was not up to what I had expected. But for old time sake, He has to be on my list.

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Ralphie May, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan...they are a few favorites. Jim Breuer's standup is pretty funny.

Saw Mike Birbiglia's show "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend", that was hilarious. John Pinette was extremely funny live also.

I miss George Carlin, Mitch Hedberg, Bill Hicks...

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I liked George Carlin and was lucky enough to see him live. Playing with your head was an excellent show.

Not mentioned above, Steven Wright, I have a pony. I liked Arsenio Hall when he had his late night show.

I have not listened to much recently. I should.

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@lmensor: I was coming in with Kathleen Madigan also, and added John Caparulo.

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That one guy with the puppet!

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Gotta go with Rodney Dangerfield. Absolutely hilarious.

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Most recent I heard and liked was Chris Titus. My one all-time favorite would probably be Grouchochicoharpo.

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@jsimsace: Yes, I saw John Caparulo about 2 years ago, forgot about him, good call!

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Stephen Lynch always made me laugh, but I gotta give it up to Doug Stanhope.

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@rabidfuzzle: word for word what I was going to say, good sir

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Groucho Marx, the 3 Stooges (Curly or Shemp), Robin Williams, & the brilliant Firesign Theatre. For pure stand-up, Alan King.

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Louis C.K. and Demetri Martin, though George Carlin will forever hold a place near the top in my book.

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When I was a teenager, I thought Steve Martin was the funniest person on earth. Now I appreciate the classic comedians, particularly Harold Lloyd, Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy and the Stooges