June 21, 2006

Last Comic Standing


I thought the intention of comedy was to make people laugh. Why is Mitch Hedberg the only comedian that seems to relate to our generation? And why does everyone awesome die? Why don't the crappy comedians die first? Why don't the Karma Police go and kill the loser comedians that talk about high school in their act, or why it's funny that they're a minority (weight, race, heighth)? Could it be that our generation is so bent on sarcasm, that stand-up doesn't really work best for our delivery and that a guy like Hedberg's the only guy who figured out how to make it work? I think we'd make for some killer hecklers if we could figure that out.

5 comments:

Arcane Rest said...

I do hate when comedians talk about how they are a minority. I believe it does the opposite of what they are truly aiming for since I just begin to get annoyed and angry at them. Case in point, Roz on last comic standing.

There are comedians other than Mitch that do appeal to our generation: Demetri Martin and Daniel Tosh.

Oh yeah.....

Your mom goes to college

Sabai said...

Ok, I already knew Demetri was great. Just checked out Daniel. Tres Bien.

Squirrel Chasing Nuts said...

I love Mitch Hedberg...

magonline said...

kevin smith

Steve said...

I don't have much to contribute to the topic -- most of the standup I've seen is from Comedy Central specials, most of which seem to have been filmed in the late 1990s (although for some reason I always stop flipping channels when they are showing Lewis Black's Super Bowl halftime show bit).

I kind of agree with your take on sarcasm not being suited well to the performance aspect of standup. Sarcasm needs something to react to, which might be why it is more effective on something like "The Daily Show" that can actually show clips.

Oh, and thanks for not lumping in Dane Cook. Lisa and I caught the rerun of his SNL hosting job Saturday. Painful, purely painful.