What Are You Laughing About? Five Favorite Stand-Up Comedians
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There's an entire spectrum of genius, satire and comedy between being a comic and being a stand-up comedian. The definition of stand-up comedy is a comedian who performs and speaks directly to a live audience. A comedian recites a monologue which may contain short jokes, humorous stories, props or even magic tricks. Usually a performance takes place in a comedy or nightclub, theater, bars or college venues. Stand-up comedians will market their live performances for DVD, television, cd or the internet. Who were 2013's top grossing stand-up comedians? According to Forbes magazine :
ventriloquist Terry Fator
Canadian-born Russell Peters
ventriloquist Jeff Dunham
and one of my favorite comedians of all time...
Emmy and Grammy award winning Louis Szekely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is a Mexican-American stand-up comedian, television and film writer, producer, director, and actor. The multi-talented forty-six year old divorced father of two daughters was born in Washington DC. His stage name is derived from the pronunciation of his Hungarian last name Szekely or See-Kay.
Although he has enjoyed a great deal of recognition in the past few years for his brilliant stand-up comedy tours and hit comedy television show Lucky Louie, the path to his current fame was a long arduous journey of uncertainty. C.K is definitely a "comedians comedian". He is often at the top of a comedians favorites list or listed as one of the top ten great comic minds of all time.
In 2012 C.K won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album 2012 Hilarious
His Emmy Awards include
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
1999 The Chris Rock Show
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
2012 Louie: "Pregnant
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special
2012 Live at the Beacon Theater
Currently Louis C.K. can be seen in the David O. Russell drama American Hustle also starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams.
In 2005, I was fortunate to see the late Mitch Hedberg perform stand-up live. It was one of his last shows before his tragic death. The show also featured the outstanding acid tongued Lewis Black and another of my all time favorite comedians, Dave Attell. Like most audiences at the time we discovered Dave Attell from watching his hysterical late late late night show Insomniac. As Dave traveled from one new city to the next during each episode we were invited to be his cheering section and adventurous drinking buddy. He is best known for his comedic antics on Insomniac (watch a full episode on YouTube or click on the link below) but was also the host of The Gong Show with Dave Attell.
After graduating from New York University in 1987 with a degree in communications, Dave Attell like many stand-up comedians before him worked menial jobs during the day and put in his time at comedy clubs at night. According to comedy club lore, Attell played his premiere comedy gig at Governor's in Levittown, NY and totally bombed. After years of honing his act and paying his dues, like Louis C.K, he is now considered a "comedian's comedian".
- Insomniac with Dave Attell (TV Series 2001–2004) - IMDb
With Dave Attell. Join "tour-guide" Dave Attell as he takes a look at nightlife in different cities around the country until sunrise.
Born January 27, 1969, in Virginia, Patton Oswalt first began performing stand-up comedy in the early 1990s. After writing for MADTV and starring in his own 1996 comedy special for HBO he went on to establish a successful career. His most prominent and long-running role was as Spence on the hit show The King of Queens with fellow comedians Kevin James and Jerry Stiller. His first starring film role was as the voice of Remy, the lead character in the 2007 film Ratatouille created by Pixar. He has also appeared in smaller roles in such films as Magnolia and Madagascar 2. Along with an impressive filmography, Oswalt regularly appears on television in such progressive shows as Portlandia, HBO's The Newsroom and Parks and Recreation
Oswalt has a devoted fan base and legendary Twitter following. After the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombing Patton Oswalt posted a kind of love letter to Boston and the rest of humanity that garnered him even more social media popularity as well as the respect and admiration of readers and writers world wide. You can read the entire post at the link below.
Jim Gaffigan was born on July 7, 1966 in Elgin, Illinois and was raised in Indiana. He is the youngest of six children and often jokes about growing up in a large family.
His live stand-up show performances of Beyond the Pale and King Baby have allowed him to capture the adoration of millions of comedy fans in the US and around the globe. With his high pitched alter ego voice he espouses the joys of Hot Pockets, bacon, Catholicism and birthday cake.
On May 7, 2013, Gaffigan's memoir Dad Is Fat was released. The title came from the first complete sentence his son wrote on a dry-erase board. It is a collection of essays dealing with the raising of his five children as well as his own childhood.
Thank you, McDonalds
David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle is an American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, television and film producer, actor, and artist. Currently, he is touring the United States as part of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. He is best known for writing, directing and starring in his own Emmy nominated comedy series The Chappelle Show which aired on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2006.
Although Dave Chappell has probably gained the majority of his fans from his series and cult classic movie, Half Baked his recent return to stand-up is hitting a high note. With his laid back, perfectly timed revelatory delivery he is once again grabbing all the attention.
- Chappelle's Show - Series | Comedy Central Official Site | ComedyCentral.com
Hailed by critics and a social phenomenon unto itself, Chappelle's Show offers Dave Chappelle's street-smart, thought-provoking and hilarious brand of comedy. A little bit of stand-up and a whole lot of hellacious sketch, Chappelle's Show brings the
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