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On the back of the Eddie Murphy RAW post i have a question who is/was the funniest stage act?

For me would be Bill Hicks
followed closely by Richard Prior

Anyone else?



Tommy Cooper
Could raise a laugh just by walking on stage.
& don't for get he died with audience laughter ringing, watched it live.


George Carlin.
The absolute daddy. No other comedian comes close. (Although I will accept Sam Kinison as a close second)

Below is one of his monologues, see any sense?

"I don't like words that hide the truth. I don't like words that conceal reality. I don't like euphemisms, or euphemistic language. And American English is loaded with euphemisms. Cause Americans have a lot of trouble dealing with reality. Americans have trouble facing the truth, so they invent the kind of a soft language to protest themselves from it, and it gets worse with every generation. For some reason, it just keeps getting worse.
I'll give you an example of that. There's a condition in combat. Most people know about it. It's when a fighting person's nervous system has been stressed to it's absolute peak and maximum. Can't take anymore input. The nervous system has either (click) snapped or is about to snap. In the first world war, that condition was called shell shock. Simple, honest, direct language. Two syllables, shell shock. Almost sounds like the guns themselves. That was seventy years ago.

Then a whole generation went by and the second world war came along and very same combat condition was called battle fatigue. Four syllables now. Takes a little longer to say. Doesn't seem to hurt as much. Fatigue is a nicer word than shock. Shell shock! Battle fatigue.

Then we had the war in Korea, 1950. Madison avenue was riding high by that time, and the very same combat condition was called operational exhaustion. Hey, were up to eight syllables now! And the humanity has been squeezed completely out of the phrase. It's totally sterile now. Operational exhaustion. Sounds like something that might happen to your car.

Then of course, came the war in Viet Nam, which has only been over for about sixteen or seventeen years, and thanks to the lies and deceits surrounding that war, I guess it's no surprise that the very same condition was called post-traumatic stress disorder. Still eight syllables, but we've added a hyphen! And the pain is completely buried under jargon. Post-traumatic stress disorder.

I'll bet you if we'd of still been calling it shell shock, some of those Viet Nam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time. I'll betcha. I'll betcha. "
Bill Bailey


Its_a_troop!! said:
On the back of the Eddie Murphy RAW post i have a question who is/was the funniest stage act?

For me would be Bill Hicks
followed closely by Richard Prior

Anyone else?

Yep has to be Bill Hicks, tho' Prior is pretty funny in standup. I was also actually suprised at the 'politics' video by Ricky Gervais, not at the same standard but a pretty good effort all in all.
Lee Evans
Tommy Cooper
Bill Bailey
This man seen him live last night of his tour in Glasgow 2 years ago nuff said

Failing that a pub comic called the fat man who done/does the rounds in London
Eric and Ern of course.
Left an Eddie Izzard gig in pain; I laughed so much my face was killing me.
Other than the already mentioned and more recently......

Omid Djalili
Gina Yashere
Otis Lee Crenshaw


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