I have three of his comedy concerts on DVD and laugh hysterically each time. The guy can tell the best story and joke...gifted.
Not a stand-up, but Jim "Fibber McGee" Jordan---it's my all time favorite show, TV or radio
I have been listening to Fibber McGee and Molly lately and I laugh out loud
They must have done something right--they were on the air from the early 1930s to the early 1960s and would have been on TV in the 1950s except Marian "Molly McGee" was too sick, dying from cancer, to do a TV series. They tried to make a TV serious with other actors, but it flopped without the originals.
Yes, that's the one. The running gag of the closet. "Gotta straighten out that closet one of these days." I always liked the episode where he opens the c loset, the audience waits for the sound effects of everything tumbling out on top of him (always with that little tinkle of a bell at the end) and---nothing happens. The Molly says, "Oh, I straightened out that closet." I enjoy the Benny radio show, though the more I listen to it the more I find a lot of the humor very mean. Rochester was a hoot because he was so obviously in charge and smarter than Benny. I love Amos 'n' Andy. As Bill Cosby pointed out, not only was it funny, but at the time it was broadcast it was the only show on the air that portrayed blacks as being successful lawyers, businessmen, judges, etc.
Robin Williams would have to be among my finalists.
A little on the hairy side, but a comic GENIUS! Lol!
Russell Peters. If you haven't heard his stuff, it's worth a listen.
He's hilarious. Look up Dress to Kill.
Here's a link to a part--start at 4:00.
And yes, Eddie is a transvestite.
Or the Death Star Canteen...
George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Jim Belushi...sprinkle in a little bit of early Woody Allen too. This clip cracks me up each time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmnLRVWgnXU
Steve Martin/ Richard Pryor
I loved his King Tut routine
Past: Richard Pryor
Present: Wanda Sykes
Andrew Dice Clay...hands down.
Best Duo... Abott and Costello.
Don't have a favourite but Billy Connolly would definitely have to be in the running!
I'd also root for Frankie Boyle, Kevin Bridges, Russell Howard, Jason Manford, Michael MacIntyre, Dara O'Brian, Frank Skinner, Andy Parsons, Jimmy Carr, Ed Byrne, Sean Locke, Jon Richardson, Chris Rock and I'm going on a bit but they're all pretty amazing in they're own way!
(Oh, and anyone in the UK that reads this, the O2 Comedy Gala is on tonight at 9 I think on Channel 4 I think! This question just reminded me :)
i 100% agree
It's hard to pick an absolute favorite, but I'd have to say George Carlin. with Bill Hicks as a close second.