You seem to be pretty much looking for stand-up comics, but I'm not too well-versed in that, so I'll just say whatever.
Seinfeld is great, though I would have to say that on his show, Jason Alexander as "Georgie" Costanza was, by far, the funniest of the characters, especially in the "Twix" plotline in the car dealership episode.
Steve Martin, too, is a genius. His best work, I think, may have been the cult classic, The Jerk, in which he portrays Navin R. Johnson, who is not a bum...he's a jerk! "What, my story?........................Okay! It all started when I was a poor black child..."
Then, the kings of the earlier era were, of course, Abbott and Costello. A personal favorite of theirs is the routine in which Lou proves that 13 x 7 = 28.
Originally posted by Indy's_main_man atilla....i'm a little disapointed you no longer are the person I thought you were....just leaving your marcus avatar for another one.
I love Steve Martin's "let's get small" cd.
I have an explanation for that. You and I are both rather prolific posters, and often in the same threads at that, but we both had the same avatar. I wanted something a little different to make it easier for everyone else, so I was looking for a new one. The bow tie on Musgrove struck me as a nice touch, though maybe I'll switch to another one of the Marcus avatars, with a hat, in due time...we shall see.
But now, I'm going to drag this topic outside the borders of US. There are a couple of brilliant Finns, known as Riku Suokas and André Wickstrom, who bring a great comedy element by making fun of universal things from the viewpoint of persons who might not be in a cultural position to do that. Wickstrom in fact, has performed around Europe in English too, see if you can look him up.
Then there are the Brits. They're just damn too brilliant. Rowan Atkinson (at his best, that is), Peter Sellers, Dudley Moore, the men of Monty Python... the list could go on.
Then there are great literal comedians, directly comparable to comedy actors or stand-up-comics, they just do amuse us by writing text and telling stories. Out of them I'll have to highlight Douglas Adams. Read that man (you who haven't - I know some of you must already have) is all I can say. By trying to explain his absurdity is a violation towards his works.
And as a final note... I this far, we've only brought out male comedians. Is it so that women can't make people laugh? I dare you to prove me wrong!
Originally posted by Attila the Professor Ah, yes, the great Peter Sellers. I adored him in Dr. Strangelove, especially as the pseudo-Alec Guinness Major and the long phone conversation with the Russian Premier.
The Pink Panther movies are my favorite
Originally posted by Finn Then there are the Brits. They're just damn too brilliant. Rowan Atkinson (at his best, that is), Peter Sellers, Dudley Moore, the men of Monty Python... the list could go on.
Hey Finn, you wouldn't happen to be a Derek and Clive fan would you? "The worst job I ever 'ad..."
I like Karen Dunbar (saw her having a cup of coffee in Marks and Spencers the other day), Rhona Cameron, Dawn French, Victoria Wood, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett...
I like Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Billy Crystal, Bill Cosby, Seinfeld is pretty good... I have heard that Robin Williams steals material sometimes, but looking past that, things that are original are very good as well, and movies like Mrs. Doubtfire were also very funny. He's a very funny man, Mr. Williams... though his language is a little on the adult side.