Originally posted by darvlay
I'm a big fan of stand-up comedy and there are certain albums or one-time performances that I have watched and listened to several times over. I'm always looking for more so your recommendations, please.
My favourites, in order:
1. Bill Hicks - Relentless LP
Posthumous release featuring a compilation of his best material. Bill Hicks crafted a sty ...[text shortened]... de, disgusting but entirely human. A comic's comic and one of the best and most prolific today.
I tend to prefer panel-game comedies on BBC radio and TV rather than stand up. I have listened to the Bill Hicks albums, which I didn't like. I found him rather sick, even if he very good at pressing the right buttons to press to get laughs.
Doug Stanhope, however, appeared on a couple of brilliant UK series by Charlie Brooker, accompanied by the Larghetto from Beethoven's 7th which perfectly his slow volcanic buildup and subsequent majestic eruption. I thought he was a genius.
I think the shows were Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe and How TV Ruined Your Life. Worth catching even if you're not British.
Another stand up I liked was English comedian Boothby Graffoe. I don't know if he still tours, and he is not all that famous, but he had a very nice line in comedy songs. I did see him live somewhere after his first album was released, and he was superb.