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Live from New York, It's one person talking!

Apropos of Louis C.K.'s low key no-frills "just a standup set" Saturday Night Live monologue, I'm curious. Are there other examples of SNL opening monologues that deviate from the expected pattern? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Mar 31, 2014 - 26 answers

 

Midwestern MeFites: I want to laugh in public! Difficulty: feminist.

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 - 8 answers

Looking for new, intellectual, stand-up comedians

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 - 45 answers

ID the pantyhose comedian from the early 90s?

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 - 1 answer

What I should have said was . . .

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 - 33 answers

Comedy open mics in NYC and Boston?

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 - 4 answers

At least it's a polite, supportive boys' club...

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 - 25 answers

What comedian did I see in a Comedy Central special?

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 - 9 answers

Name that comedian...

Looking for the name of a stand-up comedian... [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky on May 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Stand up comedy for a ten year old?

I'm looking for stand-up comedy appropriate for a ten year old. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 24, 2012 - 48 answers

Stand-up comedy filter: Searching for the name of a comedienne on Sirius XM radio?

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 - 3 answers

"Is it Sybil?" I dunno, is it?

"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 - 13 answers

Who was that 1980s stand-up comic?

Who was that 1980s stand-up comic? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand on Jan 19, 2012 - 15 answers

What are some great standup comedy shows, specials or DVDs that I should see?

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 - 32 answers

"Ladies and gentlemen, let's get this over with!"

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 - 9 answers

First stand up gig, what do I need to know?

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 - 14 answers

Seeking the perfect motorized stand-up desk

Where can I find an adjustable-height desk that meets my needs? [more inside]
posted by jehsom on Feb 21, 2011 - 8 answers

So, I was at my son's bar mitzvah, and...

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 - 57 answers

I would trade two Veronica Belmonts for her

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 - 4 answers

Looking for good alt comedy open mics in Chicago.

Do you know of a fun, alt comedy open mic in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nbaseman on Jun 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Help Me Find Some Stand-Up Comedy Resources, Please

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 - 10 answers

Ideas on promoting stand-up comedy shows?

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 - 6 answers

Stand up comedians

Please recommend some current stand-up comedians. [more inside]
posted by AceRock on May 4, 2010 - 54 answers

Ralphie May and cuba diving

Where can I find a clip of stand up comedian Ralphie May doing his cuba diving bit? [more inside]
posted by looknevada on Apr 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Find me an observational stand-up comedy bit for a class

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 - 8 answers

President Conan Kills Dude's Future

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 - 15 answers

Who does the "It's for Space?" comedy bit?

Who is the comedian, and what is his bit, about how expensive the space program is? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Are there any storytelling shows in Adelaide or Melbourne?

Are there storytelling/live reading shows in Adelaide or Melbourne, similar to The Moth in NYC/LA? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion on Nov 13, 2009 - 4 answers

This Duck Walks Into a Bar...

What are your recommended stand-up comedy albums or DVDs? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Oct 4, 2009 - 63 answers

How are the duke boys gonna get outta this little pickle?

Good presidential stand-up? [more inside]
posted by Old Man Wilson on Nov 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Anyone remember a comedian doing a "badly dubbed" sketch about godzila trampling the city?

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 - 6 answers

Looking for sarcastic stand-up comedians

I need recommendations to find deeply sarcastic and satirical stand-up comedians. [more inside]
posted by madman on Jul 30, 2008 - 43 answers

Another Stand-up Comedian Post...

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 - 6 answers

Has anyone heard of a stand-up comic named David Jerusalem? The tricky part is that I might be misremembering the name.

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 - 20 answers

Sit Down, Stand Up

Who are some great comedians I've probably never heard of that I can watch on youtube?
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jul 14, 2008 - 50 answers

Kindly Leave The Stage

What are the best strategies to help a performer roll with the punches? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Jul 4, 2008 - 7 answers

MetaHelp: I need your google-fu!

Does Ricky Gervais have an opening act when he does his stand-up sets? [more inside]
posted by myodometer on Jun 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Hilarity on silver discs

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 - 56 answers

I need to see the funny again!

Does anyone have video (VHS, DVD, anything) of Tom Kenny's standup routines? [more inside]
posted by Hey, Cupcake! on Aug 6, 2007 - 0 answers

tell me a story and make it funny

Please recommend standup commedians to someone who dislikes gags but loves storytelling. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Mar 26, 2006 - 30 answers

How do I work an audience?

How do I make the audience like me? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Mar 25, 2006 - 16 answers

Best Bill Hicks album?

I'm afraid I bought the wrong Bill Hicks album. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Dec 19, 2005 - 18 answers

Who was this stand-up comedian?

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 - 13 answers

Free comedy downloads similar to David Cross?

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 - 18 answers

Standup comedy resources online

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 - 10 answers

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