Find me an observational stand-up comedy bit for a class
January 20, 2010 7:04 PM   Subscribe

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...

I am teaching a class in innovation, and one technique I want to discuss is attempting to notice everyday problems and come up with clever solutions - the way IDEO or similar design houses do. I thought it would be fun to illustrate with a YouTube-style clip from a stand-up comedian. I just need to find one.

A prime example (if not strictly observational in nature), is Steven Wright's old bit asking why airplanes are not made out of the same material as black boxes. But a standard Seinfeld-esque, "What's the deal with..." could work as well.

Help me, oh stand-up fans!
posted by blahblahblah to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Start reading XKCD . . . His comic is full of that kind of stuff.
posted by milqman at 7:21 PM on January 20, 2010

Response by poster: Sorry, I wasn't clear, I meant standup comic.
posted by blahblahblah at 7:43 PM on January 20, 2010

This is my favorite seinfeld joke, via Kenny Bania:
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 8:10 PM on January 20, 2010

I feel like Mitch Hedburg would be perfect for this. I can't find one that matches perfectly right now, but I am reasonably assured that you will be able to. And you will be entertained while doing that.
posted by amethysts at 8:13 PM on January 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

Brian Regan has a very funny and clean bit that's sort of along these lines, but from the other direction. He brings up peanut butter and jelly in the same jar and ridicules the "problem" that led to this "innovation".

Live performance, cel phone video

cleaner audio, still photo
posted by chazlarson at 8:40 PM on January 20, 2010

Suppose it's my job to mention Gallagher, with his idea to clear freeways of broken down cars. But I'll come up with something better...
posted by turducken at 10:54 PM on January 20, 2010

I know Demetri Martin does a bit where he sees a door marked 'Exit Only' and goes in the store and tells the owner, "Dude, you are greatly underestimating the potential of that door."
posted by lpsguy at 6:36 AM on January 21, 2010

Not entirely sure if this is in line with what you're looking for, but a good lesson on Perspective can be gained through the great observations of Louis CK.
Everything is Amazing but Nobody is Happy
posted by carlh at 7:09 AM on January 21, 2010

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