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Comedy Other Than Norm Fucking MacDonald
That Louis CK set was so weird.

I couldn't help wondering if it was an attempt to do his own fucked up "The Day the Laughter Died"; intentionally bomb + outrage the audience - but instead they ate it all up, no matter how low he'd go. .

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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Rolled thru "Bumping Mics" yesterday. Good stuff. Episode 2 with Gilbert Gottfried an alltimer.

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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It was funny for Attell. Ross is just stale.
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I still like Ross. They played off each other beautifully.

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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I hardly have any comedy go-tos these days. Red Letter Media, Maria Bamford and the How Did This Get Made? Podcast.
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The Ken Jeong special by Jon M. Chu on Netflix is...fine. I enjoyed it, because I enjoy listening to Ken Jeong tell stories, but it's not particularly funny. It's more warm than anything, and while he goes back to the same well of Mr. Chow references a lot for a single hour, it was a pleasant enough hour. The special is at its best when he's talking about things that are important to him, such as Asian representation in media and cancer research.

I recommend it, but it's not something I'd rewatch.
home taping is killing music
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With free Showtime a few weeks ago, I caught Eddie Griffin's 30th anniversary stand up special. I've never been a fan, but it was one of those 'I'm up at 3 AM, so..' decisions. Hacky as hell, but not without its charms.

The other day caught the new Ray Romano on Netflix. Another guy I'm not big on -he's like my parents' comic- but he was pretty funny in an old school Cos kind of way. Ending was a nice touch.

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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I just watched the Wanda Sykes special on Netflix. It had been awhile since I had seen a special with her, as nearly everything I see is her as guest on a show. She's still got it. The political comedy is spot on, but the physical work is what kept surprising me. It will not play well as an album, because there is a healthy amount of face and body movement in it.
"Wilford Brimley can't be bothered to accept praise. He doesn't act because he thinks people will enjoy his work. He acts because it's his goddamned job." --Will Harris, AV Club
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i watched the new Anthony Jeselnik special last night and thought it was pretty great. Unlike a lot of his contemporaries (looking at you Tosh) he leavens his dark "non-PC" material with just the right amount of irony so that he never actually comes across like an asshole. Doesn't hurt that his stuff is so over the top (he has an entire 10 minute bit about how much he enjoys dropping other people's babies) that it's never in danger of of being taken seriously.
I might have been born yesterday sir, but I stayed up all night!
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Jeselnik and Tosh is a good comparison. On a surface level, their material is similar, but Jeselnik has substance while Tosh seems like a shallow sociopath.
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"There is a revolutionary new stand-up comedy special and it is Red State Bleu State with @iamcolinquinn. He has soared past everyone. He is not a political comedian, but a historic comedian. This special is a vivid, perfect snapshot of today. @iamcolinquinn is the best alive." - Norm Macdonald

I just caught up with this on VOD. It killed me.

A lot of people on social media mocked Norm's praise, but as pointed out before I'm sure, CQ has always been a comedian's comedian. I love the guy.

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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Chappelle's next special drops August 26th on Netflix.



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I was meeting the mighty Kevin Matchstick last night to go see Dana Gould and Bobcat Goldthwait when I got an email that they'd gotten into a car wreck turning into the venue and had to be taken to the hospital, though they were both going to be okay. Matchstick texted me that he was there and I had to tell him the news. Got out of my Lyft a minute later and met up with him, saw that the wrecker was still in the middle of the street. We went and got a beer. So, there's that.
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Matchstick!

Damn, scary news...glad they're okay - https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/bo...anta-crash

Andy Dick got knocked the fuck out - https://www.nola.com/news/crime_police/a...cf867.html
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Watched THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY on Hulu. Pretty limp. as it goes on it becomes more about the director than The Amazing Johnathan. The director has valid reasons for putting the focus on himself but that doesn't make it compelling.
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I just watched Always Amazing, the other Amazing Johnathan documentary on youtube last week. I haven't seen The Amazing Johnathan Documentary so I can't really compare the two.

It focuses a lot on Johnathan's relation with Joel Ozborn and that part's really sweet and interesting. Getting closer to the end it also feels like it pulls some punches due to the director's friendship with Johnathan.

There's a lengthy statement from director (and comedian) Steve Byrne about the making of his documentary and his portrayal in The Amazing Johnathan Documentary pinned at the top of the youtube comments. It's worth a read and it does make it seem like The Amazing Johnathan Documentary's director has manipulated the footage in his favour.

Always Amazing is worth a watch. I didn't know anything about The Amazing Johnatan going in and it left me searching for footage of his act.



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Chappelle made me laugh like an asshole, as usual.  Heads up: there is a 20-minute "epilogue" (an audience Q&A) that will play after the special if you let it run all the way through.  Otherwise you can find it under "Trailers and More," I believe.
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The buying the gun at K-Mart routine was pristine.
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I don't think I've seen any Chappelle work since the hysterical-and-sorely-missed Chappelle Show closed down. Someone mentioned he had some comedy specials on Netflix, so I figured I'd check them out.

Ended up binging on all three of them that I could find. Goddamn hysterical. He's still got it.

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My birthday was last week. At this point a downer. Spent the late nite rolling thru classic Bernie Mac shit.

This is still 7 minutes of perfection:




"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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The new Bill Burr special is the funniest thing he's put out in years.
I might have been born yesterday sir, but I stayed up all night!
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Sorry you're down, FE, but Happy Birthday anyway!
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(10-08-2019, 04:11 AM)Evi Wrote: The new Bill Burr special is the funniest thing he's put out in years.

Burr's special is great, and I do think it is superior to his last one.  It is my favorite of his since "You People Are All the Same," which in my memory is his standout.

I caught up with Collin Quinn's special and enjoyed that as well.  I think he hits the "everybody is crazy!" business so hard that it becomes an ideology in its own right, but he is one of those comics who has gotten better with age.  Through some combination of his performing style and the venue, his show takes on the quality of a secular homily.
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It looks like Louis CK has quietly kicked off a 14-city tour that will go into January. In fact, I probably would not have heard about it were it not for the various headlines decrying it.
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Fun interview. Some of you might dig:

In Conversation: Gilbert Gottfried On the value of offensive humor and why you’ll never see him on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
By Andrew Goldman

https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/comedian...humor.html

"n 1987, when Beverly Hills Cop II came out, featuring Gilbert Gottfried in a manic cameo as a sleazy attorney, a Paramount executive called him and said, “I wanna be the first one to congratulate you on stardom.” But a huge commercial breakout never really arrived. Says Gottfried, who is now 64, “I’ve had more than one dopey agent say to me, ‘You know, you should consider playing some of the smaller parts in movies.’ And I said, ‘That’s all I do!’” Which is not to say that Gottfried doesn’t have a devoted following, one that’s especially fervent in the comedy community. (Anthony Jeselnik once dubbed Gottfried “the ultimate comedian’s comedian.”)

Gottfried, who has been doing stand-up since he was 15, doesn’t so much lean into verboten humor topics as grab the wheel and plow right into them. “Like I always say, I think twice but do it anyway,” he says. His material is not only willfully offensive but also quaintly old-fashioned. While Gottfried’s early stand-up was so avant-garde to be room clearing, he’s since come to embody a role as a bit of a beloved comedy antique, a walking, squawking bridge to the Jewish Borscht Belt comics who came up decades before him. (His current act features his elderly Groucho Marx impression and one of The Andy Griffith Show’s Floyd the barber, as if there were still a collective memory of anyone by that name.)

Gottfried supports himself and his surprisingly normal wife and two kids with a regular schedule of stand-up gigs (where he mans his own merch table), voice work for animation, $150 Cameo messages, and a catholic embrace of paying reality-show gigs, like when he joined former porn star Traci Lords on Celebrity Paranormal Project. Says Gottfried: “She had to chant over and over again to the ghost of a serial killer, ‘Please come in me, please come in me, please come in me.’ And I thought, It sounds like she’s rehearsed this line.”"

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"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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I saw Gilbert Gottfried live once. His headline set felt awfully short.
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Fairly incredible Joe Rogan podcast with Artie Lange:

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