Comics - Funny or Not

#1
Spawned from the "Memorable stuff from your formative years" thread, who do you think is funny and who's not?

My list - Funny
The Marx Brothers
Bob Hope
Will Hay
The Monty Python crew
Dickie Henderson
Ray Allen (and Lord Charles)
The Mighty Boosh guys
Tommy Cooper

Not
The Three Stooges
Gerry Lewis and Dean Martin
Ricky Gervais
Canon and Ball
 
#3
Very, very unfunny - Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. The Frank Spencer character was the first person that the young Pigshyt_Freeman ever wanted to strike in the face with a shovel - a list that has grown exponentially over time.

"He does all his own stunts you know", my Mum and Granny would say, as I silently prayed that he would be killed or maimed whilst doing so.
 
#5
Comedy can have a very short shelf life and it's an indication of real wit when it can still make you laugh years after it was produced.

One of the best illustrations of this is American adult animations, most of which are very topical, albeit often obliquely, you can see it when you get a "new" episode on free telly, they invariably fall flat, whereas if you've a "premium" channel and get them as they're released they're... well, more amusing anyway.
 
#6
I used to like "The Fast Show". There was a bit of padding, particularly in the first series, but the good characters really came on as the show progressed. I was disappointed when it finished but I do believe in the dictum of "leave them wanting more".

Unfortunately, it was not a philosophy that was held by Paul Whitehouse & Co. They were recently tempted back by the offer of filthy lucre by Fosters, who sponsored a comeback series online.

Oh dear. What terrible shite.
 
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#7
Very, very unfunny - Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. The Frank Spencer character was the first person that the young Pigshyt_Freeman ever wanted to strike in the face with a shovel - a list that has grown exponentially over time.

"He does all his own stunts you know", my Mum and Granny would say, as I silently prayed that he would be killed or maimed whilst doing so.
I remember that fucking show. It was the first time I ever shouted at the telly.
 
#8
Three stooges were class. granted not much of a plot but for gratuitous violence they were peerless. I got the cane at the age of 7 for doing the nose pull'n'slap.

Dickie Henderson! WTF did that soft shoe shuffling smug git ever do that was funny? I have had proctological exams I have had more laughs through than any of the Sunday night variety shows he was in.
 
#11
I think that Prince Harry geezer is a great comic, true NAAFI style, gets his kit off at the drop of a hat ..... Loved him in the film "Coming to America"
 
#12
Basically anything around the 70's that tumbled into the 80's. All that 'The Comedians' shite. Manning, O'Connor, Bowen, et al. Not not funny at all.

Although, strangely when I was a kid, I found Kelly Monteith quite funny

Any comedy pairs, Cannon & Ball, Little & large, etc just were so predictable is was painful. I'm even finding Morecambe & Wise a little tedious now. One exception - The Two Ronnies

Cunts:
Jimmy Carr
Frankie Boyle
Alan Davies
Nearly all those desparate game show desperado's

I used to watch that Michael Macintyre live rubbish on Saturday nights to see if there was any new talent coming through, but it was just dominated by:
Black women talking about the woe's of being a black woman
Jewish women talking about the woe's of being a Jewish woman
Posh blokes talking about the woe's of being a posh bloke
Scruffy student types talking about the woe's of being a Scruffy student type
ad infinitum

Funny:
Eddie Izzard. Not liked by everyone but I find him hilarious
Rich Hall
(some) Russel Howard
 
#13
Apparently, it is possible to be a comic and yet be completely unfunny.

This cunt.

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He has built an entire career (On The Buses, Last of The Summer Wine, The Krays - where he played a local copper) on pulling his one and only silly face and going, "Bah..Bah" a lot.

Laugh? I thought I'd never start.
 
#14
Three stooges were class. granted not much of a plot but for gratuitous violence they were peerless. I got the cane at the age of 7 for doing the nose pull'n'slap.

Dickie Henderson! WTF did that soft shoe shuffling smug git ever do that was funny? I have had proctological exams I have had more laughs through than any of the Sunday night variety shows he was in.
I would have agreed but I saw him play in Swaziland not long before he deid and he was outstanding (and also doing pratfalls well into his 60's). It was also the first time I'd seen someone tie a proper bow tie - and well - in seconds without a mirror. It took me some time to emulate that.
 
#15
There are no funny female comics - fact. Jokes about periods, shoes and how shit men are just aren't funny. Whoever that screechy four eyed Geordie bitch is that keeps cropping up on TV is an annoying cunt.
 
#16
Lee Evans. Makes me want to smash the TV in. :frustrated:

Just like watching Norman Wisdom in colour but only about a 1/10th of the talent and ability
 
#17
There are no funny female comics - fact. Jokes about periods, shoes and how shit men are just aren't funny. Whoever that screechy four eyed Geordie bitch is that keeps cropping up on TV is an annoying cunt.
I used to find Rita Rudner funny. Admittedly most of her humour was to do with her being a woman, being Jewish, living in New York, and being a Jewish woman who lived in New York, but she did it very well.
 
#20
There are no funny female comics - fact. Jokes about periods, shoes and how shit men are just aren't funny. Whoever that screechy four eyed Geordie bitch is that keeps cropping up on TV is an annoying cunt.
Very very true

But I could still watch Ms Porter for hours

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