Stand Up Comedy

You all know I love Patton Oswalt and Louis CK and Doug Stanhope, but here are the three best comedy stand-ups by established comics that I have seen in a while. All of them are available on Netflix.

1.) Craig Ferguson- I’m Here to Help

2.) Marc Maron- Thinky Pain

3.) Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don’t Look the Same Either

I don’t know if you all like Norm McDonald, but there was briefly a standup by him on netflix recently that was so damned funny, but I can’t find it anymore.

Any good new young comedians we should be paying attention to? Louis CK sent me a mass email (that was phrased weird. He didn’t send ME an email, I am just on his email list) about some guy he is promoting named Todd Barry, so I might check that out.

57 replies
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    Little Boots says:

    great. comedy advice from johnnie.

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    Little Boots says:

    okay, steeplejack, this is pretty awesome:

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    Little Boots says:

    fine, just for Mr. John Cole:

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    max says:

    Any good new young comedians we should be paying attention to?

    Not a clue. Too busy contemplating the fact that 2014 has already done some shark-jumping and is rapidly devolving into Nixon-on-Laugh-In territory.

    [‘Thanks for the links though, dude.’]

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    Steve says:

    Barry is good. He was the bongo player on the first season finale of Flight of the Conchords.

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    Warren Terra says:

    He’s not young, and it’s hard to find any of his stuff online, but if you’re in a sufficiently cynical, misanthropic, even vitriolic mood Jerry Sadowitz is unique.

    More easily accessible (in all senses – not so obviously seething with hate for all mankind, and available online, with at least one of his shows and his series Comedy Vehicle on YouTube), there is Stewart Lee. His wife Bridget Christie is also a comedian, and she pretty much swept the major British comedy awards this year – but I don’t think any of her stuff is online, at least not for free.

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    Little Boots says:

    Mr. Bojangles, play us out:

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    ted says:

    Coincidence…just about to watch the Todd Barry show…decided to check blogs while it was loading…

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Little Boots:

    I mentioned Glen Campbell downstairs, and that got me thinking about this: “Gentle on My Mind.”

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    Sebastian says:

    Felipe Esparza
    Ralphie May (sp?)
    And the guy from Mike&Molly. He has a stand-up in Philly which is a riot

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    Steeplejack says:

    I have found myself gravitating to Craig Ferguson’s late-(late-)night show on CBS over the last few months. He is really funny, he does some good shtick, and he is a surprisingly good interviewer, especially since the interviews rarely go anywhere. But he seems to have the knack of getting his guests to be themselves (within the Hollywooden context, of course). I have found myself actually tuning to the show instead of just catching it randomly when the TV happens to be on that channel.

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    max says:

    Strange Days – Doors (original film clip)

    [‘That was the right song to link.’]

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Glad you posted these recs, Cole. I could use a laugh.

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    John Cole says:

    @Betty Cracker: Watch Ferguson. Fucking hysterical.

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    Origuy says:

    I watch a lot of British comedy panel shows: Mock the Week and QI are all on YouTube. One of my favorites is Irish comedian Dara O’Briain, who hosts Mock the Week. He has done several standup shows in Britain, but I don’t think he’s appeared in the US very much.

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    Tim in SF says:

    I’m sure you’ve heard Bill Hick’s Rant in E-Minor. Neither new nor young, but I happened upon it the other day for the first time in a decade and I’m surprised how well it holds up.

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    Steeplejack says:

    This thread got me thinking about a comedian whose name I could not remember. I used to see his show years ago on PBS really late at night. Finally got on the Google and searched for “comedian with missing finger” and found it! WTF. Dave Allen.

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    ixnay says:


    Just saw Craig’s stand-up show this past Sunday; he did roughly 75 minutes of the same kind of stuff he does in the opening monologue of his late late show. It’s not everyone who can spend 10 minutes being funny about his recent colonoscopy.

    The guy is very funny, self-effacing, honest about his drug-and-alcohol-fueled past, and does the best interviews ever – he’s seemingly actually interested in the stories his guests have to tell. Also, not afraid to break the talk-show format: see his tribute to his father, or his hour-long interviews with Desmond Tutu or Cornell West.

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    Keith G says:

    Gary Gulman is great and he has a special up on Netflix. Also check out Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari, and Morgan Murphy.

    I hope the BJers in LA aren’t too frazzled after the earth quake.

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    Robert O says:

    I don’t think he’s got anything on Netflix, but if you’ve got Spotify, look up Kyle Kinane.

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    Warren Terra says:

    @Keith G:
    Eh, the earthquake was almost fun. It lasted an incredibly long time – it just kept rolling on – but it was basically a gentle rocking motion, at least where I was.

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    raven says:

    @Warren Terra: My brother in the valley didn’t feel much but my sis in Hawthorne did big time!

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    Figs says:

    Paul F. Tompkins. His recent album Laboring Under Delusions is outstanding.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Well, there is this comedy troupe touring of late that has caught my eye. A bunch of young turks taking over an old brand and giving it new life with a cynical and jaundiced eye this country has not seen the likes of before. Some of their stand-up routines are truly epic. I swear, these guys can go for hours and never once touch the same comedic vein twice.Truly impressive. They call themselves,

    The Republicans.

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    NotMax says:


    Your sister felt the earth move?


    And now for something completely different: A short comedy piece about Viet Nam.

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: Damn, he was great but I have to catch it later. We have a giant neighborhood yard sale that will benefit a park we’re trying to build. It sucks because there is no rain date and it’s fixin to come a flood. Like oh well.

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    everbluegreen says:

    Definitely not new, but Margaret Cho’s I’m the One that I Want has me dying every time.

    I’ve heard great things about Tig Notaro but other than hearing her on This American Life (where she killed, IMO), I haven’t seen her routines.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Once again, the Obama White House has dodged an important and pressing issue:

    Friday night, Josh Earnest, the White House’s principal deputy press secretary and “lifelong Kansas City Royals fan” according to a statement, said it’s up to Congress to establish federal holidays, not the White House.

    “While we are sympathetic to your pitch to make Opening Day a national holiday, it’s a little outside our strike zone: creating permanent federal holidays is traditionally the purview of Congress,” Earnest’s statement reads. “So, it’s up to the men and women on Capitol Hill to decide whether to swing at this pitch.”

    Hmmmph… Fairy tales and unicorns… “lifelong Kansas City Royals fan” my ass. NOBODY likes the Royals after puberty.

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    Tommy says:

    I’m watching Amy Schumer on Hulu. Now she isn’t new. But I have not laughed this hard in a long time.

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    Tommy says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: First baseball game, the Royals. That is strange cause my mother, who knows more about baseball then anybody I know, likes to joke her father put headphones on her belly, when I was a fetus, so I could hear Jack Buck call a Cardinals game. But at the time we lived in Leavenworth and well Royals games. We went to a lot of them.

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    JPL says:

    Good morning. It’s going to be a rainy day in Georgia again. Wahoo.

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    Tommy says:

    @JPL: rain is good. Not had that here in a long time.

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    Baud says:


    Worst dictator ever.

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    debbie says:


    Ferguson’s book “American on Purpose” is really very good, too.

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    WereBear says:

    I adore Ferguson. Considering he started with the stage name of “Chip Hitler” he certainly knows how to improve himself.

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    Tommy says:

    Big news where I live:

    EAST ST. LOUIS — When a federal judge sentenced former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook to two years in prison on heroin possession and weapons charges on Friday, one of his defense attorneys gave Cook two thumbs up.

    For so long where I live folks felt the system was rigged against them. This won’t change that. I bet if I got busted for what this dude did, I’d be looking at more then two years.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I could get behind a massive drone strike on opening day.

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    JPL says:

    The fund for Shanesha Taylor, is now over $39,000. Hopefully, there is some left after lawyer fees, fines and taxes.

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:


    Does he take Geoff on the road with him?

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    Crusty Dem says:

    John Mulaney – New in Town
    Hannibal Buress – has a new special tonight on CC.
    Kumil Nanjani

    Try pandora’s “Today’s Comedy” station. Lots of good newer stuff.

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    hartly says:

    Craig Ferguson, hmm? I don’t care how funny he is, I’ll never forgive him for his mealy-mouthed Doctor Who revisionism. “Triumph and romance over brute force and cynicism” (or however he put it) my ass. It’s people like him who made the Doctor into a manic pixie dream guy who wants to solve everybody’s problems.

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    hartly says:

    @Steve: I’ve always seen Todd the bongo player as a sort of fictional version of David Tennant. Not good looking, talented, or witty, but considered cool by everyone who sees him (except Bret, of course, who I see as my representative in this fictional universe) and unaccountably irresistible to women.

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    cyntax says:

    Hannibal Buress has a special coming out on Comedy Central soon (tonight?), hoping it’s good.

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    Crusty Dem says:

    Kumail Nanjiani. Butchered that name.

    Michael Birbligia

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    Gex says:

    Not new, but guys you might not have heard of: Jimmy Pardo, Todd Glass. Maria Bamford is my favorite. She isn’t for everyone but definitely worth checking out.

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    Sly says:

    I’d add Patrice O’Neal’s “Elephant in the Room” to any list of best stand-up routines of the past five years. The uncensored version is on Netflix.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    Second the rec on Ferguson’s book “American on Purpose”; brutally honest, witty, and a fun read. It was what I turned to for a break when we were moving my FIL and BIL to their new home a few weeks ago, and it kept my spirits up when things were crazy. I’ve seen a few clips of his show and always enjoyed them; I just lousy at seeking things out and I don’t stay up past 10pm.

    Now I have to go to my desk top to play the link up above since my laptop has crappy sound.

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    Joel says:

    If you want to nerd out on comedy and comedians, you should be listening to WTF with Marc Maron. Incredible interviews, plus a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff about the comedy world.

    My favorite standups of recent vintage are Mike Birbiglia and Aziz Ansari.

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    Gravie says:

    We hear a lot of good comedy on Comedy Central’s XM station, and it’s particularly good for introducing us to new comedians. Unfortunately, they also carry quite a few gross-for-grossness’-sake/misogynistic acts, and they repeat a lot of segments, but on the whole it’s worth listening to. Todd Barry is really funny, and we also really like a young guy named Hannibal Burris.

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    KXB says:

    Second on Hannibal Burress. If you have the DVD plan with your Netflix account, you should be able to rent his earlier special “Animal Furnace”. He also has a CD entitled, “My Name is Hannibal.” He’s like another version of Mitch Hedberg. Here was his recent appearance on The Tonight Show:

    For middle-aged agony, I’d go with Tom Papa, whose specials you can stream in Netflix. But his last appearance on Conan was a killer:

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    JH says:

    Patrice O’Neal was one of the funniest guys I’ve heard since discovering Patton Oswalt in the mid 2000s.
    Sadly he is no longer with us. Passed from a stroke in 2011.
    His special “Elephant in the room” used to be on Netflix but you can find it in its entirety on YouTube

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    Pope Bandar bin Turtle says:

    Here’s a video from an up-and-coming stand-up comedian currently living in Madrid.

    Bovine Fecal Matter

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    proterozoic says:

    Dylan Moran, absolutely forever.

    If you need an appetizer, see this:

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    Vanya says:

    @Figs: Yes. Maybe not so young, but deserves more attention.

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