Best comic ever?

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  1. Cesc Fabregas

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    Bill Hicks for me. He was a perceptive observer and commentator on sexual and religious bigotry and was it his best exposing the petty hypocrisies of American society such as American Bible belt morality, war on drugs and war on terror. Brilliant comic.
     
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    My favorite all time is Chappelle. When you ask comics, most say Carlin, Pryor, and Murphy are the big influences. Write in vote for Patrice O'Neal as the most underrated great comic.
     
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    Calvin and Hobbes.
     
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    Chris Rock.
     
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    Can't believe I forgot about him. In my top 3 of all time.
     
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    ths is what came to my mind ...
     
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    I would have said farside or calvin and hobbes.

    I'd put Steven Wright up there.
     
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  10. Cesc Fabregas

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    It amazes me how little Americans know of Hick's work, he's way more popular in the UK.
     
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    ^^ but even in a poll taken in the UK, he was only voted fourth best stand-up comic, making him the Andy Murray of comedians.
     
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    Bhagi, Daniel Tosh has some pretty messed up comedy. You have to watch his standup bacause his show isn't that bad.
     
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    I've seen a good amount of Hicks' routines, found that like many whose comedy is broadly political, he's amusing but not extremely funny. Comedy has to hit a little closer to home and every day life than, say, his stuff on the Kennedy assassination, to be really funny.
     
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    Ahh, I think everyone has favourites based on their own humour.

    For me, it depends what mood i'm in. Lee Mack is pretty mainstream, but everything i've seen him do has been excellent. Not Going Out is a really underrated show, and his stand up and appearances of quiz shows and the like have always been very good. My girlfriend is a big fan of Tim Vine and they work together quite a bit, but it's Lee Mack for me. He's very sharp and quick witted, which is easy to relate to.
     
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    tosh is trash, he just rips on other people. does not take of lot of skill to be a jerk. I have a friend who went to one of his tours, and she said that he was not a nice guy
     
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    Eddie Izzard - genius!

    cheers

    Or maybe Stewart Lee!
     
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    Some good ones are Cosby and Diller and Pryor.

    But, Sam Kinison had me in stitches.
     
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  21. Cesc Fabregas

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    His rants on the music industry are hilarious.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRkA6zugNMQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJOBE2DcOHM
     
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    When we go on car trips, we listen to standup.

    Brian Regan

    Mike burbiglia

    Ellen Degeneris

    Lewis black
     
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    Best comic ever, probably DC comics.


    My favourite commedian is Billy Connolly.
     
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    Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes are my top 2. I like cats but that isn't why I picked them :)
     
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    Hobbes would be offended to hear you refer to him as a simple 'cat.' I believe his proper title his 'homicidal psycho jungle cat.'
     
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    Wow---no one's mentioned Robin Williams yet?
     
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    Saw Steven Wright recently, the King of surreal comedy, still find him hilarious.
     
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    Me too. Love the guy. Also agree with GS that old school Robin Williams was an f-ing riot. I'm also a big fan of Lewis Black, Dave Attell and Sam Kinison.
     
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    Milton Berle, Bill Cosby, Abbot & Costello.

    All were absolute comedic geniuses without the vulgarity or snarkiness.

    Comic strips?

    Calvin & Hobbes, The Farside, and Dilbert.
     
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    On a recent car trip, I encouraged the children -- OK, forced the children -- to listen to vintage Bill Cosby.

    Goodness, that stuff has aged well! They absolutely loved it. The man was a genius. I saw "was" because my parents went to see him a few years ago and said he was dreadful.
     
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    I agree that Tosh is mainly just a quick-witted a$$hole.

    For present day, Brian Regan. "...where are we goin Thunder?"

    For old school, Robin Williams.
     
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    RE: Tosh's perceived a-holishness - aren't most of these guys a-holes in real life though? Most comedians get their humor from life's misfortunes. Tosh is just more up front about it.

    "Completely Serious" was a great special.
     
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    Hicks to me is a less funny Carlin, they can both say the same things but the way Carlin delivered his rants was much funnier.

    Chappelle and Louis C.K are the two who make me laugh the most so have to go with one of them. I'm shocked Louis wasn't brought up before actually!
     
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    Hicks was awesome.
     
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    Carlin. End of.
     
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  36. Cesc Fabregas

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    Nah, Hick's had better rants and more memorable sketches, play from your heart, positive LSD story, Goatboy, pick up the gun etc.
     
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  37. Kevin T

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    I've heard the opposite. Some of the guys from 'The Kids in the Hall' were on a local radio show last week. They said comedy is unlike a lot of show biz professions because they don't "eat their young"; apparently there's a lot of camaraderie among comedians and the established guys tend to help the up and comers.
     
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    I guess it depends on where you come from. Kids in the Hall - they're Canadian, right? I'm guessing it's a lot nicer up there. But I've heard stories from the NY comedy scene, where guys like Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Colin Quinn, among others, come from, and it's dog eat dog between the comedians. They rag on each other all the time. I don't think any of them outwardly wish for each other to fail, but it's not exactly kindergarden friendliness either.

    Most great comedians are or were tortured souls to an extent - from Pryor's multiple divorces and drug problems (which he made fun of brilliantly in his standup), to Robin Williams' drug habits in his younger years, the list goes on. I'm not saying all of them are that way, but a good portion of them are, and a good portion of the great ones are.
     
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  39. chrischris

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    Richard Nixon wasnt bad.
     
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    Carlin, Emo Phillips, Stephen Wright, Lewis Black, Demetri Martin.
     
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    Yes, they're Canadian. But I heard an interview with Dave Attell a few weeks ago on the same radio show and he said pretty much the same thing. He came up in NYC and mentioned how Jon Stewart and Colin Quinn, among others, were always very supportive and helped him break into more popular venues and TV. He said the low and mid level guys always travel together, usually sharing motel rooms and when in town for an extended stay, sharing a condo/townhouse. He had a lot of very funny stories about bunking with fellow comedians.
     
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    Carlin Connolly and dave Allen as mentioned. I also think Phil Silvers was a genius as was Tommy Cooper.
     
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    I was ready to say Preacher was the best comic ever, but noticed you were talking about stand up.

    Chris Rock is number one for me. Carlin is up there, but his stuff doesnt quite get me laughing like Rock does.

    There is a guy here around Baltimore named Mickey Cucchiella who is freakin hilarious. He will never make it mainstream becuase his stuff is too racially intense for the masses.

    Short Italian guys cant talk about Black people and Jewish people.
     
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    Steven Wright once hosted a self help seminar on Chronic Fatigue.

    But I was too tired to go.
     
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    Russell Peters is pretty funny :)
     
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    The one set he had where he wore a white shirt and blue jeans was some of the funniest bits I've ever seen.
    His later stuff isn't as funny.
     
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    Tintin, easily!
     
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    Greenspam :)
     
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    No love for my man Pablo Fransisco? Jim Gaffigan?
     
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