comedy was my first love, I was quoting monty python at like 2, doing Letterman impressions at 5. I've done it, it's like surfing, you just go out there and try and catch the optimal crest of the room so you can get carried til the end of your set. I'm turning 21 in about a week, so I think I'll go do open mics, I tried pretty hard when I was 14-16 to get to do shows in Portland but got nothing but shut down, and watching the shitty Comedy Central presents every night, I just lost faith - we're going through another 80s comedy drought. Turned to the beats and rhymes
Mitch Hedberg was my first guy, then he died in March of 05. Carson died in January a week after I went through old VHS tapes of his. Then Pryor died in December. This on top of Bush getting reelected, I decided fuck it and went back inside to listening to music
Lenny Bruce, Carlin, Pryor, Bill Hicks and other Outlaw comedians like Ron Shock, guys who ran on O&A (Jim Norton, Louis CK, Patrice O'Neal). The Koreatown Oddity actually started off as a stand-up comedian.
People in here might want to check out Daniel Kitson, he's like the underground version of stand-up. Eugene Mirman took him on tour.
Then also I like sketch comedy like Kids in the Hall, and The State. Mr. Show, Whitest Kids U Know. Your Tim and Erics, Eric Andres, Reggie Watts, Hannibal Burress, Kyle Kinane, Patton Oswalt and his Comedians of Comedy tour was fantastic.
Obviously legends like Steven Wright, Woody Allen, Mort Sahl's, Penn & Teller's, hell sprinkle in some Amazing Johnathan and Stephen Lynch, or even Liam Lynch.
I think Chappelle's probably the GOAT, or Bill Hicks - but Chappelle is much better at working genuine laughs out. Bill Hicks is more like Terence Mckenna or something, same as Lenny Bruce
fun story, my brief college stay, I saw John Mulaney get heckled by some kid going "chirp chirp," he was like 'you know, usually hecklers don't get to me, but that's really bothering me"
lo and behold, his sitcom's belly up