The greatest American Comedians of all time.
“My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana. I said no, but I want a regular banana later, so yes.” Mitch Hedberg did mostly stand-up comedy, although he has guest appeared on some sitcoms, such as “That 70’s Show.” His dry humor and slow witted delivery will have you giggling long after the show’s over. If you have never heard Hedberg before try his stand-up show, “Mitch All Together.”
“A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.” Bill Cosby is an actor, producer, and author, but he is most famous for being a great comedian. Cosby has been around for a while, and has a very intelligent way with his humor. If you have never heard Bill Cosby stand-up, try his album, “To Russel, My Brother, Whom I Slept With.”
“Women complain about PMS, but I think of it as the only time of the month when I can be myself.” Most people know her from the ABC series, Roseanne. Before this popular show catapulted her forever into fame, she was already fairly popular from her stand-up comedy routine. Try her stand-up show from “Comedy Central Presents.”
“Ahh, Earth Day, the only day of the year where being able to hacky-sack will get you laid.” Stewart started off as a stand-up comedian, but branched out early on to hosting TV shows. This turned out to be the right path for him, as he is now one of the most famous hosts on television. His real, fake news show, “The Daily Show,” is a must watch.
“If I don’t die in a plane crash or something, this country has a rare opportunity to watch a great talent grow.” Eddie Murphy is an award winning actor, producer, film director, comedian, and singer. Though his career has been long and prestigous, nothing is quite as funny as watching him let loose a string of high pitched curses in his early stand-up shows. Try his “Greatest Comedy Hits” compilation album.
“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.” Jerry Seinfeld has made “observational comedy” famous with his popular sitcom, “Seinfeld.” If you’ve never seen “Seinfeld,” start with the early seasons and watch them progress from year to year.
“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.” Ellen is an eleven time Emmy award winner, but she got her start early on by being one of the funniest female comedians around. Try her album, “Taste This.”
“What if there were no hypothetical questions?” George Carlin is famous for his dark humor. For years he has been making people laugh about many taboo subjects, ranging from politics to religion. Try his early HBO Special, “Carlin at Carnegie.”
“Friends take up time, and I didn’t have time.” Pryor was best known for his “in your face” approach to comedy. Regarded by many as the best comedian of his time, he brought to light such subjects as racism and class. Try Pryor’s compilation, “Richard Pryor Live!”
“God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.” Robin Williams’ brain works at about 10 times the speed of a normal person. His improvisation skills are second to none in the world of comedy. His stand-up show, “Live on Broadway,” is a must see for everyone.