Comedy is subjective, evolves and sometimes based on current events which is why I want to outline this list is not in any particular order. I’ve been a fan of stand up comedy since I was in high school and comics I found funny in the past now seem lame to me. I’m sure many will look at this list and ask why certain comedians are missing and it’s simple .. they didn’t make me laugh as hard these 20 did.
1. Bill Burr
Bill Burr is a not only a comedian but also a guys guy. Also known for his roles in the movies “The Heat” and his roles in the hit TV show “Breaking Bad”. I also recommend checking out his podcast “The Monday Morning Podcast” which he does weekly.
“Guys, what are we doing ? Why are we working so hard and giving it all away .. to some chick who did three shifts at a fucking hooters ?”
2. Patrice Oneal
Another great comic out of Boston and underrated in my opinion. Patrice is known for his appearances on the “Opie and Anthony Show” and his offshoot radio show called “The Black Phillip Show” which revolved around mostly relationships. The more I listened to Patrice the more I realized he was a genius. His HBO special “Elephant in the room” had me in tears and a lot of Patrice’s comedy was gospel. I miss how he and Jim Norton (another comedian I love) worked off each other on the O&A Show.
This is my question, for life: have we retired the phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”? Is it legal for me to say, “I endorse hate speech, I don’t give a fuck”? I want hate speech. Why can’t I hate you…in speech?
3. Louis CK
Louis CK is revered even amongst other comedians. A brilliant standup comedian and the main character in his own TV Show “Louie” which has been nominated for numerous awards. Louis CK comes out with comedy almost every year which is an approach he adopted from George Carlin. He is easily viewed as one of the best comedians of all time.
People say, “My phone sucks.” No, it doesn’t! The shittiest cellphone in the world is a miracle. Your life sucks. Around the phone.
4. Jim Jefferies
I always thought he looked a lot like Danny Dyer and I found out about him two years ago from his comedy special “Alcoholocaust”. His comedy might be a little dark for some but I love it!
Men don’t give a fuck about kissing. Used to like kissing when we were in our early teens. Then someone sucked our dick. And then, “What’s this kissing thing? Why would I ride on the swings? I’ve already been to Disneyland.”
5. Brian Regan
Known as a “clean comic” much like Jerry Seinfeld. Brian Regan uses a brand of observational and sarcastic humour. The first time I heard his comedy he literally had me in tears while I was by myself. He references his childhood a lot and is very self deprecating and a comic that anyone would enjoy.
I don’t know what to eat. My doctor told me to read food labels. So I was in the store the other day I was trying to read the Fig Newtons label, I’ve always liked them and I was trying to see if it was OK to eat em. Everything looked pretty good, the fat content and everything, so I’m thinking, I could eat these and I looked at the serving size… two cookies. Who the hell eats two cookies? I eat Fig Newtons by the sleeve. Two sleeves is a serving size. I open up both and eat them like a tree chipper. Fig Newton shavings coming off the side. Then I put a Newton catcher and I empty that bag out as a snack. What the hell are they talking about two Fig Newtons, they’re the size of a postage stamp. You want another one? “Ohh I don’t know… I’ve already had two whole Fig Newtons. Maybe I could try to muscle one more down… I’m stuffed to the rafters.” They’re nuts. We got an ER here, we got a three Fig Newton eater. How many did he have? What is he nuts? Doesn’t he read? Who’s coming up with the serving sizes? A serving size of ice cream is a half a cup. What is that? Is that like a joke some guy put on there? “Hey come here. Look what I put for the serving size. Did Charlie see it? Charlie come here. Look what I put for the serving size. I just did it as a joke but it’s going out like that.
6. Chris Rock
Seems like forever since he’s released any standup but still viewed as one of the greatest comedians of all time. Known for his roles in SNL, a film star and a of course his standup which touched on current events, political issues and relationships.
“I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage. You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boos was trying to say? “Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.”
7. Eddie Murphy
Of course he’s probably most known for his movies but I remember watching “Delirious” when I was in high school and having problems breathing from laughing so hard.
“Bear and a rabbit were taking a shit in the woods. And the bear turns to the rabbit and says, “Excuse me, do you have problems with shit sticking to your fur?” And the rabbit says, “No.” So the bear wiped his ass with the rabbit.”
8. Patton Oswalt
I first saw him in “King of Queens” before I discovered he did standup. His standup includes stories which are absolutely hilarious. If you like Patton then you might also like David Cross as I find their comedy very similar.