I'm a huge fan of standup comedy, comedy podcasts, and so on, but I'm starting to get tired of what feels like an endless stream of life-in-LA anecdotes. I don't live in LA, and I don't really care about LA. Surely there are funny people who want to say funny things in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis....right? Nationally famous comedians are great, but I'm looking more for regional folks that I can see often, locally, and preferably not for $50 a seat... [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend
on Jan 29, 2014 -
The other night I dumb-lucked into the last ten minutes of the new Dana Gould stand-up special, and I loved it. And it got me thinking about how much I love intellectual stand-up comedy. Who else might I like? [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Nov 12, 2013 -
Probably a long shot, but I'm trying to identify a stand-up comedian who I would have seen live in Peoria, IL in the early 1990s (definitely before 1994). I don't know if he was strictly stand-up or if he went on to any kind of career in mass media. He was a young black guy with great physical comic presence. The part of his act I have never forgotten is a very accurate and hilarious imitation of the contortions women go through to put on pantyhose, which ended with the comment that he loved the fact that every woman in the room would be thinking of him when they put on their hose from then on. I STILL do, after 20 years. Help me remember who I'm thinking of?
posted by dlugoczaj
on Sep 12, 2013 -
I’m trying to come up with a list of comedy albums to buy for my girlfriend. Her favorite is Mike Birbiglia, so I’m interested in finding other comics in his vein - story tellers, not too profane, pretty nerdy. My list is below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on Aug 29, 2013 -
Are comedy open mics as awful and cringy as music open mics? Can I have some suggestions of good ones in New York City and Boston? At the moment, I just want to be an audience member, with thoughts of maybe getting on stage at some point in the future. [more inside]
posted by SampleSize
on Dec 5, 2012 -
How do aspiring stand-up comedians who aren't straight white men find success at open mics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 8, 2012 -
Help me figure out what blondish, male comedian I saw on a special that aired on Comedy Central in the early 2000s. [more inside]
posted by lankford
on May 9, 2012 -
Stand-up comedy filter: Searching for the name of a comedienne on Sirius XM radio? Vague descriptions inside. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar
on Apr 1, 2012 -
"Is it Sybil?" Help me understand this dated reference in a Rita Rudner joke from the early 90's. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim
on Jan 30, 2012 -
What are some great standup comedy shows, specials or DVDs that I should see? I'm hoping to find titles of shows and specials that are especially worth seeing, eg. "Kill the Messenger" by Chris Rock, or "Money Shot" by Whitney Cummings, etc. Extra points if the humour is still funny nowadays (I've seen some landmark performances that just seemed a little dated, perhaps because they've been so widely imitated). Thanks.
posted by surenoproblem
on Nov 25, 2011 -
Seeking the hive mind's advice on best practices for running a comedy open mic. Or, maybe I should call it a Mostly Open Mic. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak
on Aug 25, 2011 -
I have my first stand up gig coming up (10 - 15 minutes) and wanted to know if anyone in the Green knew of any 'must read' articles, pages, books about the subject? I'm also interested in first hand experience stories. [more inside]
posted by Nufkin
on May 26, 2011 -
Which stand-up comedians tell personal stories as opposed to gags, one-liners and impressions? (I already know about Louis CK, Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen and Bill Cosby.) [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Sep 20, 2010 -
Can you identify this female standup comic I saw briefly in the early '90s with a funny, very Southern routine? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena
on Jun 25, 2010 -
Could y'all help me out with finding some good resources online about the craft of stand-up comedy? Books, websites, how-to, videos, albums, whatever you think is important. [more inside]
posted by willie11
on Jun 1, 2010 -
Can you share any suggestions on promoting an open-mic comedy show throughout the traditionally-very-quiet summer months? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey
on May 11, 2010 -
Can you find me a clip from an observational comic that I can use in class tomorrow? I am looking specifically for a clip where a comic (relatively cleanly) notices some everyday annoyance and potentially notices a solution... [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah
on Jan 20, 2010 -
What's the name of the "This American Life" episode where a guy gets blackballed from the Harvard Lampoon -- despite the fact that all the members liked him -- because the president (Conan O'Brien) didn't think he was funny?
posted by elvissinatra
on Jan 13, 2010 -
In the mid eighty's there was a comedian that did a piece on godzilla. Basically he acted like a badly dubbed godzilla film with mouth movements out of sync with voice saying "look out" "godzilla's going to trample the city again". Anyone know who he was or remember the sketch?
posted by mefiskiing
on Oct 30, 2008 -
I need recommendations to find deeply sarcastic and satirical stand-up comedians. [more inside]
posted by madman
on Jul 30, 2008 -
Based on the current influx of questions about stand-up comedians, I've been reminded of a question that has been plaguing me for a while. But unfortunately, I don't have much information.
- Male. 40+ yrs old. Dressed plainly.
- Opened for Lewis Black at the Univ. of Connecticut in the Fall/Winter of 2006 or 2007
- Shtick was borderline psychotic. Like he was extremely angry and ready to snap. Genuinely scared me a little at the beginning. He never really left this personality.
- Worked the crowd a little and even left the stage to walk through the crowd.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
posted by coolin86
on Jul 17, 2008 -
Back in the late 90s, I think in the winter of 1997-8, I saw a stand-up comedian on Conan O'Brien that blew me away but I've never been able to track him down since. I think his name was David Jerusalem. He made jokes about the Olympics and having been a heroin addict. He didn't perform in front of a mic but was interviewed by Conan. I've been trying to find information about this guy for years without success, does my description ring any bells for you? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 15, 2008 -
Please recommend some of your favorite standup comedy DVDs. Lesser known is good, but not outrageously obscure. [more inside]
posted by graytona
on Feb 6, 2008 -
Several years ago, about 1989-90, a friend of mine lent me a cassette featuring a stand-up comedian [more inside] [more inside]
posted by icontemplate
on Dec 2, 2004 -
My commute to work is roughly 1 hour each way. Now the morning drive isn't so bad because all the radio stations have good talk shows on them. I prefer talk to music since all radio stations play the same 40 songs over and over again. So the drive home kinda sucks. I recently borrowed two standup comedy cd's of David Cross from a friend, and these are perfect for the drive home. Are there any sites that have something similar for free to download and put on my ipod? More specifically stand up routines. I don't want the stuff like Adam Sandler (too much music), but more like 1 hour long shows that got ported over to CD. Any suggestions?
posted by thebwit
on Jul 16, 2004 -
Decent links to standup comedy resources and advice from anyone who has tried it please. I have agreed to do some standup in the next month having never done it before. Thanks..
posted by kenaman
on Jul 7, 2004 -