In Which We Look To The Current State Of Stand Up Comedy And Find Reason To Hope

“Clever Girls Like Clever Boys” — Pelle Carlberg

“The One You Love” — Rufus Wainwright

Unlike other old-timey things, like books and sitcoms and double features, the comedic art of stand-up doesn’t show much sign of dying. It’s a minimal form that can take in so much, and people are still working hard to breathe new life into it. Since humor changes so much through time, stand-up of even a few years ago is tough to watch. Fortunately for us all there’s a lot of people doing it the right way. No steroids, no group of Sudanese joke writers. 

Mike Birbiglia is the cheesy middle filling of stand-up comedy and yet we have found him hilarious since seeing his one man show, Sleepwalk With Me. His website will teach you all you need to know.

Louis CK is an old hand, and his genius sitcom was canceled by HBO even though it appears it cost $5 to make. He’s a critical genius and a very funny man.

Katt Williams had a classic HBO special and is one of the funniest people alive. I can totally relate to half his jokes and the rest of the time, it’s like he’s speaking Russian. And they call it white privilege?

Despite an all-too scary run on the NBC show Ed, Michael Ian Black is still hilarious. 

The comedy machine known as Max Silvestri is deft with video. His Sopranos ending was a work of critical inspiration, and this short video entertains us as well.

Jon Glaser (wacky interview about Jon Glaser) is funny, but he’s no Eugene Mirman. Actually, that’s not true, I just couldn’t think of a better way to transition.

“Eugene Mirman at Invite Them Up!” — Eugene Mirman

PREVIOUSLY AT THIS RECORDING

We covered the ins and outs–mostly the ins–of the Fleshlight.

Some images haunted us, probably.

We embarassed ourselves by way of a digital camera.

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