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HUMOR Favourite Special/Filmed Concert by a Stand-Up

Discussion in 'Film' started by Martoto, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Martoto

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    What's your favourite stand-up comedy special from TV, Netflix or from back when they used to be shown in cinemas?

    Mine is stil Raw by Eddie Murphy. When we used to work as cooks in an all night cafe, my buddy and I would do the entire set for the KP and the waiting staff during slow periods. Some of them never heard of or seen Raw and some were too young to even know Murphy did stand-up, or who he was in some cases. So it got a lot of different reactions from utter bewliderment to mild amusement/irritation (Neither of us was Eddie Murphy. Let's face it.). But in some cases we absolutely killed. Namely, it killed me and my buddy who were taking turns whenever the other ran out of steam, forgot the next bit, or if there were different characters in the bit. It was huge when it came out since Murphy was about the biggest movie star outside of Stallone at that time. I was excited to hear him suggest that he was interested in doing stand-up again when Jerry Seinfeld took him for coffee.

    If you haven't seen it you can watch on Netflix. An obligatory 21st century word of warning here. Some of the material reflects some 1980s attitudes about sexuality that I wish were more enlightened. But it is funny, at least in part, for that very reason.



    We can open it out to stand up shows you've attended that might not be on film/TV. And even live sketch shows, if that's what has knocked you out the most.

    I'll give honourable mentions to : Bill Hicks - Relentless, Demitri Martin - "If I.....", Dylan Moran - Like Totally, Bill Bailey - Troll Like, and a new entry for John Mulaney - Kid Gorgeous.
     
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    1. Eddie Izzard - Dress to Kill
    2. Dave Chappelle - Equanimity & The Bird Revelation
    3. George Carlin: You Are All Diseased

    I really like Bill Burr, Doug Stanhope, and Jim Jefferies too.
     
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    I highly recommend Chelsea Peretti : One Of The Greats
     
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    I haven't actually been to see too much live comedy. I saw Mitch Hedberg do some stand-up not long before he died and I saw The Kids In The Hall do a live sketch comedy show and a Weird Al concert. I can't think of any others I've seen, which is weird because I love stand-up comedy (and the last two aren't stand-up but live comedy all the same). Some of my favorite would be...

    Eddie Murphy: Raw (Grew up on this one, my brother and I secretly owned the VHS, our parents were generally pretty cool about letting us watch what we wanted but we thought this could be the straw that broke the camel's back so we kept it hidden)
    Richard Pryor: Live In Concert
    David Cross: The Pride Is Back
    Dana Carvey: Critic's Choice
    John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid
    Dave Chappelle - Killin' Them Softly
    Stephen Lynch - Comedy Central Presents


    I've seen SO MANY over the years that I'm probably forgetting a lot of my favorites and these are just the ones I remember off the top of my head. Growing up with HBO in the 80s/90s I saw a tons of stand-up as they did a lot of specials for comedians like Carlin and Gary Shandling while also doing stuff like the Young Comedian's Show and Def Comedy Jam. Then when Comedy Central came along it was really into stand-up until recent years, after Chappelle's Show it seemed like they got off on a sketch comedy kick and didn't do nearly as much stand up.
     
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    I totally agree! I love Chappelle and he's definitely the funniest comedian around today...but the 2 stand up specials by eddie Murphy are absolutely hilarious. I like Raw but to be, delirious is the funniest thing I've ever seen. Every single joke from that special is a classic!

    I'll never understand why eddie stopped after making just 2?! Hes good in movies, but he absolutely shines at stand up. With the rumors that netflix may be paying him to do another stand up special, I can't wait! Time for the king to return to collect this crown!
     
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    I quite liked John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch. A nice homage to kids TV shows for those of us who enjoyed it in the seventies and early eighties but with an appropriate contemporary slant on it. No it's not trying to be hip. But it is trying to be fun, funny and entertaining. Which it succeeds at. Never more so than when Jake Gylenhall does his crazy music-man turn. Nice work, Jake.

    It will be better in context but if you're not bothered about spoiling it, check him out.

     
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    • Frankie Boyle
    • Sean Locke
    • Rich Hall
    • Andrew Lawrence
    All of them have a brilliant combination of wit and cynicism that I enjoy. I have not had the privilege of attending any of their concerts but I do watch them on the television and online where I can.
     
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