Casual Poll: The Greatest Stand-Up Comics Of All Time

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  1. Ric Bagoly

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    Hi all.[​IMG] This poll asks that you list, IN YOUR OPINION, The Top 5 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians In History. Here goes:
    5-Lenny Bruce-ahead of his time and Subversive.
    4-Sam Kinison-loud, abrasive, Brilliant.
    3-Richard Pryor-A Stand-Up God.
    2-Eddie Murphy-defined his Era.
    1-Andrew Dice Clay-underrated and Mistreated.
    Wow, was that tough! Ok, let's have at it![​IMG]
    Tourney, anyone?
     
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    My favorite stand-up is easy, George Carlin. Consistantly putting out quality material since the 60's. He's like fine wine, gets better with age.
    If you want a top 5, here goes:
    1. George Carlin
    (in no particular order after George)
    2. Sam Kinison
    3. Rodney Dangerfield
    4. Dennis Miller
    5. Richard Pryor
     
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    1. George Carlin
    2. Richard Pryor
    3. Lenny Bruce
    4. Robert Schimmel
    5. Eddie Murphy
     
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    1. George Carlin
    2. Eddie Murphy
    3. Lenny Bruce
    4. Woody Allen
    5. Robin Harris - of Spike Lee fame. His lone comedy album is roll-in-the-aisles hilarious. Shame he died so young.
     
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    I think you're going to see alot of George Carlin as No. 1 picks, and for good reason...the man is just plain funny and intelligent.

    1-G.C.
    2-Bill Hicks
    3-Richard Pryor
    4-Dennis Miller
    5-Red Skeleton-ok, this is more from my childhood, but I remember watching his stand-up routines as a kid and just die laughing.

    Bruce
     
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    Hmm, this isn't in any particular order:
    - George Carlin
    - David Cross
    - Eddie Murphy
    - Bill Cosby
    - Janeane Garofalo
     
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    1. Bill Cosby
    2. George Carlin
    3a. Tim Allen
    3b. Steven Wright
    3c. Robin Williams
    3d. Bob Newhart
    3e. Richard Pryor
    3f. Redd Foxx
     
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    I forgot one.

    Laura Kightlinger-Just love her style.

    Bruce
     
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    Bob Newhart
    Woody Allen
    Richard Pryor
    Bill Cosby
    Chris Rock
     
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    1. Norm Macdonald
    2. Jerry Seinfeld
    3. Albert Brooks
    4. Bill Cosby
    5. Eddie Murphy
     
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    [​IMG] Oh. [​IMG] My. [​IMG] God.
    Has nobody ever seen any of Steve Martin's old stand-up? An unending string of hilariously bizarre outbursts, musical bits, stream-of-consciousness jokes, and vulgar non-sequitirs. His performances lose a little without the visuals, but I highly recommend both "A Wild and Crazy Guy" and "Let's Get Small" - two of the finest comedy albums I've ever heard. (At one point he brings the house down simply by bellowing "Grandpa bought a rubber!") [​IMG]
    Also way up on my list:
    Eddie Murphy - "Delirious" is a bona-fide classic, and "Raw" is drop-dead hilarious - if a bit nastier.
    Bill Cosby - "Himself" was just on cable, so I TiVoed it and now I will own it forever. This concert is wonderfully funny.
    George Carlin - Basically ANY of his HBO concerts are worth watching, but the ones he did in the mid-80's to early-90's rank among some of the best comedy I've ever seen. Carlin is a freakin' genius.
    Chris Rock - His more recent HBO special was solid, but "Bring the Pain" will be remembered in 20 years. Hilariously profane and surprisingly insightful, this is a concert I could watch twice a year.
    Richard Pryor - "Live in Concert" and "Live on the Sunset Strip" are just awesome, while "Here and Now" is only 'very good'.
    Robin Williams - I may be in the minority here, but comedy-wise I think Williams is one of the few true Gods of Giggle. His old "Live and Uncensored" concert is so energetic and arcane, you'll need a nap after watching it. Robin may be a certifiable nut, but I think he's one of the funniest guys on the planet.
    Steven Wright - Warped genius. Saw him once at the TLA here in Philadelphia and laughed my entire head off.
    Good question, Ric! [​IMG]
     
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    Woody Allen
    Bob Newhart
    Dennis Miller
    Jerry Seinfeld
    Bill Cosby (not so much anymore though)
    Gavin Crawford (you don't know who he is because he's Canadian)
     
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    So far no one has mentioned
    Billy Connolly, the comic from Glasgow, who is easily as profane as Richard Pryor and as funny. Most Americans will know him as John Brown in Mrs. Brown, and possibly from a couple of travelogues that he has made.
     
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    Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but I love Denis Leary's stand up. I think I did damage to my abdomen the first time I listened to Lock and Load.

     
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    I haven't listened to any standup in years and what I did listen to was pretty narrow, I've never heard Hicks, Bruce, Foxx and a lot of older comics.

    1. Richard Pryor
    2. George Carlin
    3. Sam Kinison (one of my great regrets in life was not going to see him when he played at the Univ. of Missouri my freshman year. Not one month after that show he was dead.
    4. Bill Cosby
    5. Chris Rock

    honorable mention: Jerry Seinfeld & Dennis Miller, the only one of this list I've seen live. I've only been to two live comedy shows, Miller and Gallagher.
     
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    1. George Carlin
    2. Bill Cosby
    3. Steven Wright
    4. Dennis Miller
    5. Carlos Mencia
     
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    #1 - Robin Williams (The origin of golf is the best bit I've ever seen
    #2 - Billy Connoly
    #3 - Chris Rock
    #4 - Dennis Miller
    #5 - Tim Allen
     
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    1. Robin Williams
    2. Howie Mandel (Can't belive no one has mentioned him)
    3. George Carlin
    4. Eddie Murphy
    5. Tim Allen
     
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    Just five? I like all the above and the following:

    Carrot Top
    Emo Phillips
    Cedric the Entertainer
    Jonathan Winters
    Gallagher ("Sledge O'Matic")

    and many more I can't even think about currently. Some of these peak my interests more at various times.
     

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