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Started by /m/, March 24, 2018, 01:43:15 AM
Quote from: /m/ on March 24, 2018, 01:43:15 AM I believe he said something about how exasperating it was to watch someone like Cook at work, on chat shows in particular, because he could always draw a huge laugh from the audience even with some pretty shoddy material.
Quote from: Default to the negative on March 24, 2018, 02:51:46 AMThat's a bit rich coming from Bill Bailey. The only memorable thing he did was his musical parody of U2's The Edge.
Quote from: /m/ on March 24, 2018, 01:43:15 AMNowadays, I feel the same way about Norm MacDonald. Now, I may have a disturbing and nigh-on indefensible love for him, but even I think he gets away with some shite: some shite which just plain bad and some shite which, in the hands of a more self-consciously edgy comedian, would bore me. And he gets away with it because his charm, his sharpness, his delivery, and his unflagging commitment to the moment always seems to see him through. There's also a kind of purity and a kind of innocence about him, even though he's a filthy, sick-headed old chunk of coal, and that's why he doesn't weary me like some self-styled Dangerous Comedians do. There's a lesson they could learn from that.
Quote from: Twed on March 24, 2018, 10:26:36 PMI understand what /m/ means though. I saw Norm try to pass of the "I'm a workaholic; I'm addicted to workahol" joke once. Without the rest of the package he'd often come off as a hack.
Quote from: studpuppet on March 24, 2018, 12:38:26 PMArnold Brown is someone who makes ordinary material funny. There used to be a bit he did that, written down, looks pathetic. It went something like:I often tell people that the secret to good comedy is timing.For example, if you all turned up tonight, and I turned up next week: that's bad timing.And I'm a professional - I've noticed it makes a difference being just one day out.I'm guessing I last heard that about twenty or thirty years ago now, and I can still remember the cadences and pauses as he said it.
Quote from: Tony Yeboah on March 24, 2018, 08:38:56 AMTommy Cooper is always said to have 'funnybones,' people would laugh at him before he did anything. He had some great material (a lot of the best writers of the day wrote for him) but he could also get laughs from some very weak gags. I think that's praise rather than a criticism. More recently, Lee Evans could be very funny with a lot of hack observations.
Quote from: /m/ on March 24, 2018, 01:43:15 AMI think it made the teenage form of me feel somewhat uneasy to hear a comedian qualifying their praise with a bit of criticism. I felt aggrieved on the dead fucker's behalf.
Quote from: DrGreggles on March 28, 2018, 11:54:54 AMDanny Baker was on something recently when he talked about Tommy Cooper visiting the 6 O'Clock Show offices. He walked in, said "My feet don't 'alf hurt" and the whole room was in hysterics. Cursed and blessed.
Quote from: Blue Jam on March 24, 2018, 09:48:17 AMAt the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe I saw several comedians do carefully-structured, well-rehearsed, polished sets but none of them were as funny as seeing Daniel Kitson pretty much rambling. I've seen him several times since, doing more structured stuff himself, and while he's always been good he was somehow funnier that time when he (seemingly) hadn't prepared any material.
Quote from: Brundle-Fly on March 24, 2018, 12:58:38 PMNot strictly a stand-up but certainly a live comedy performer, Kenneth Williams was 80% performance/ persona over material, I would say.
Quote from: Video Game Fan 2000 on January 07, 2022, 12:51:41 PMRonnie Corbett's monologues
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