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Carlin > Pryor, but Pryor is 2nd imo.
Lol, even Carlin would tell you that was false.
I am partial to Steven Wright, for obvious reasons.
His deadpan delivery and timing are legendary.
I bought some batteries, but they weren't included... so I had to buy them again. What do batteries run on?
so who did DIce piss off to be ranked so low. Say what you will about his act, but he sold out MSG and sold tons of 'albums' something that many of the comics in front of him can't say. should be somewhere in top 50
Only guy you could argue would be Lenny Bruce because he was the first to fight for a comedian's right to free speech, but unfortunately he burned out before winning the fight. He blazed the trail though.
By the mid to late 60s Pryor was doing material and especially characters on stage that changed comedy forever and helped influence Carlin and everyone else that came after. Woody Allen was a contemporary of Pryor who did some great stuff too, but not with the passion and honesty of Pryor.
Most comics I have seen interviewed say Pryor. Dangerfield and Carlin are revered not only for their performance but for what they did for upcoming comics.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
I don't believe Robin Williams should be on the list either. I don't consider what they did to be stand-up comedy. It was more just acting like a goofball in front of an audience.
I think as unquestionable as Pryor is No.1, Carlin is unquestionably No.2... Then Bruce 3... it gets incredibly murky after that...
What the hell do you consider stand up to be? Since telling funny jokes and making people laugh isn't stand up?
Adolf Hitler played to jam-packed venues screaming his name. Didn't make him funny either.
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Chappelle should be way higher. If the list was from around 2005, it could be a case of Comedy Centrai dropping him down farther because of the fact that he had just screwed the network over. As for the whole longevity thing (if only we had multi-quote), the guy is still doing stand-up shows. He's just not putting them on HBO or Comedy Centrai. Other people on the list (like Eddie Murphy) completely abandoned stand-up relatively early in their careers and it didn't hurt their rankings. I know it's all subjective, but I'd take Chappelle over Kinison every time.
Definitely not the greatest stand-up comedian of all-time, but Eddie Murphy Delirious was the funniest routine I've ever seen.
Of course Carlin wouldn't say he was the best ever (if he were alive) but i bet Pryor would tell you Carlin was the best (if he were alive) too.
The nice thing about Comedy is that it's totally subjective. Carlin had smarter humor to me and therefore to me he's better than Pryor. I really don't fucking care what your opinion is.
It seems many are on this list because they were very successful at something other than standup. Woody Allen? Sander? Degeneres? Sure, they did standup but that's not where their fame came from.
eddie murphy or chris rock
We've got depth. We've got numbers.
The guy killed doing standup. Are you crazy.
99. Janeane Garofalo???
Not even 999.
I actually think Robin Williams should be higher, probably in the 5 to 7 range.
9. Roseanne Barr
I bet Carrot Top is one of the highest grossing comics every year. Should that put him on the list?
#1 is Pryor. Ask any comedian and it wouldn't be close.
Seinfeld is way too high. People confuse his sitcom with his stand up.
Don't think -- it can only hurt the ballclub
This. The man, in his prime, was the funniest person I have ever seen. The impersonations of street people were classic, and one of the few comedians who was able to use profanity as a tool, not a crutch.
(This is is spite of Superman 3.)
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She wasn't bad until she got her own show and became full of herself (and everything else).
I saw Carlin, live, in his prime. He bombed. I'm serious--people walked out (the old Long's banquet center), and even he apologized and said he wasn't having a good night. Carlin had a shctick--seven words you can't say on TV, and the weatherman thing--that he ran into the ground. Pryor had no equal.
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