unfunniest "comedians"

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Who are the unfunniest comedians? I myself am attempting to think of Paula Poundstone, Louie Anderson, Rita Rudner, and Gilbert Gottfried without frowning.

Oh and Kathy Griffin is like that sort of pop culture savvy high school theater girl who thought she was funny, but never really was and still isn't.

Gear! (Gear!), Sunday, 25 January 2004 01:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wow this list is going to be huge.
My answers: Mark Lamarr, Rory McGrath, Phil Jupitus, Punt and Dennis,
David Baddiel, Denis Leary, Tracy Ullman, Frank Skinner, almost everyone who's had their own show on channel 5 (including that bloke with the cello), Jo Brand, Alan Davies most of the time, Avid Merrion, Jimmy Carr, Meera Syal, Lee Evans.

pete s, Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I absolutely and unequivocally vote for Tim Vine --

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cambridgeshire/stage/2003/07/images/comedy_vine_150.jpg

I was born and bread in a bakery... and raised in an oven.

I live in a teapot... I know what you're thinking: pour me.

Handel was my favourite musician, but then he joined up with Hinge and Bracket to form The Doors.

He said “I'm going to chop off the bottom of one of your trouser legs and put it in a library.” I thought, "That's a turn-up for the books."

So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me "Can you give me a lift?" I said, "Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it.”

So I went down my local ice-cream shop, and said, “I want to buy an ice-cream.” He said, "Hundreds & Thousands?” I said, “We'll start with one.” He said, “Knickerbocker-glory?” I said, “I do get a certain amount of freedom in these trousers, yes.”

So I went to the dentist. He said, "Say, ‘Aaah.’" I said, "Why?" He said, "My dog's died.”

Now, most dentist's chairs go up and down, don't they? The one I was in went back and forwards. I thought, “This is unusual.” And the dentist said to me, “Mr Vine, get out of the filing cabinet.”

So I rang up a local building firm, I said, “I want a skip outside my house.” He said, “I'm not stopping you.”

So I was in my car, and I was driving along, and my boss rang up, and he said, “You've been promoted.” And I swerved. And then he rang up a second time and said, "You've been promoted again.” And I swerved again. He rang up a third time and said, “You're managing director.” And I went into a tree. And a policeman came up and said, “What happened to you?” And I said, “I careered off the road.”

Charles Hatcher (musenheddo), Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

They're Tommy Cooper gags, aren't they?

run it off (run it off), Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Harry Enfield, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Ben Elton, Tom Green, Jackie Mason, C-Man, Graham Norton, Dawn French

pete s, Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If his appearances on Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn are any indication, Nick DiPaolo = ugh ugh ugh.

For his "One Day as a White Man" sketch on SNL alone, Eddie = classic x1000.

nate detritus (natedetritus), Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

victoria wood

zappi (joni), Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Some of these have been great in the past eg Harry Enfield, Eddie Murpht (great in Trading Places, 48 Hours natch). I also like Victoria Wood for ma sins.
Btw is Graham Norton getting to be a big name in the States now?
What do you think of him

pete s, Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

They're Tommy Cooper gags, aren't they?

I got them here, so, um, possibly?

*

Surely Ben Elton has his moments: Blackadder, The Thin Blue Line? And leave Victoria Wood alone, if only because of her Alternative Tango.

Charles Hatcher (musenheddo), Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Thin Blue Line? Are you serious?
As far as i'm concerned it's pretty lonely in the Ben Elton 'pros' column; Blackadder, and that's it

pete s, Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh doh!and the Young Ones
(havent seen 'Filthy Rich and Catflap')

pete s, Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ben Elton's career as a writer:

Maybe Baby (2000) (novel Inconceivable)


Blackadder Back & Forth (1999) (television series Blackadder II, Blackadder the Third, Blackadder Goes Forth)
"Ben Elton Show, The" (1998) TV Series
Ben Elton Live (1997) (V)
Best Bits of Mr. Bean, The (1997) (V)
"Thin Blue Line, The" (1995) TV Series
Stark (1993) (TV) (also novel)
Rowan Atkinson Live (1992) (TV)
... aka Rowan Atkinson on Location in Boston (1992) (TV)
... aka Rowan Atkinson: Not Just a Pretty Face (1992) (TV) (USA)
"Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie" (1990) TV Series
... aka "Man from Auntie, The" (1994) (UK: new title)
Last Laugh, The (1990) (TV)


"Mr. Bean" (1989) TV Series
"Blackadder Goes Forth" (1989) TV Series
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) (TV)
"Friday Night Live" (1988) TV Series
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988) (TV)
"Blackadder the Third" (1987) TV Series
... aka "Blackadder 3" (1987) (UK)
... aka "Blackadder III" (1987) (USA: video title)
"Filthy Rich & Catflap" (1987) TV Series
"Saturday Live" (1986) TV Series
"Lenny Henry Tonite" (1986) TV Series
Comic Relief (1986/II) (TV)
... aka Utterly Utterly Rude Video Live, The (1986) (TV) (UK: video title)
"Blackadder II" (1986) TV Series
... aka "Black-Adder II" (1986)
"Happy Families" (1985) TV Series (writer)
"Spitting Image" (1984) TV Series (writer)
"Black Adder, The" (1983) TV Series (writer)
... aka "Blackadder" (1983)
"Alfresco" (1983) TV Series (head writer)
"Young Ones, The" (1982) TV Series

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 25 January 2004 02:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Cheekbone Celebrity Deathmatch: Jay Mohr v. Craig Kilborn

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 25 January 2004 04:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think all the ones Gear listed are pretty good, especially rita rudner.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Sunday, 25 January 2004 09:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Bob Monkhouse
Jim Davidson
Bernard Manning
Jasper Carrot
Chevy Chase
Michael Barrymore
Alistair McGowan
Ronnie Ancona.
Those two blokes in "Little England".
Bobby Davro.
Roland Rivron.

It's surprising how many there are, when you come to think of it.

R the bunged up with jollop of V (Jake Proudlock), Sunday, 25 January 2004 09:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That classic Eddie Murphy sketch was written by Andy Breckman, creator of "Monk".

Colin Meeder (Mert), Sunday, 25 January 2004 10:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I can't believe Eddie Murphy was mentioned on this thread. What a travesty. You'd have to be like 20 years old to say that. Or British.

Broheems (diamond), Sunday, 25 January 2004 10:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.comedycv.co.uk/lennyhenry/2003-january-lenny-henry.jpg

Venga, Sunday, 25 January 2004 10:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B00004R6WZ.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Venga, Sunday, 25 January 2004 10:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Controversial, this one, I fear...
http://www.stagefronttickets.com/Concerts/eddie-izzard.jpg

Venga, Sunday, 25 January 2004 10:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

TIM VINE ROX U R ALL HUMOURLESS!

Johnney B (Johnney B), Sunday, 25 January 2004 10:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That guy who is sometimes on Have I Got News For You, and is an old school leftie, no not him, the other one.

jel -- (jel), Sunday, 25 January 2004 10:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Mark Steel, jel?

Venga, Sunday, 25 January 2004 10:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i think most people mentioned here have been very funny at some point in their time

i'll vote for poor Richard Blackwood again

stevem (blueski), Sunday, 25 January 2004 11:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Richard Blackwood is maybe the most pointless person in comedy today. Maybe his appeal is selective.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Sunday, 25 January 2004 12:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

For this pic alone;
http://www.ananova.com/images/web/34776.jpg

Nick H (Nick H), Sunday, 25 January 2004 12:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

disturbing photo - looks like all his limbs are stumped and malproportioned

stevem (blueski), Sunday, 25 January 2004 12:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Harry Hill, I just do not get. And yet another vote for Richard Blackwood.

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 25 January 2004 14:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i find that pic quite sexy - he is a nob though.

jed_ (jed), Sunday, 25 January 2004 14:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

he is a total spanner.

Ronan (Ronan), Sunday, 25 January 2004 15:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Bingo venga! Yeah, that's the chap.

Ricahrd Blackwood is more a presenter than a comedian per se. He hasn't been on telly this century, has he?

jel -- (jel), Sunday, 25 January 2004 15:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh my God, I have ytpo disease.

jel -- (jel), Sunday, 25 January 2004 15:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That Paula Poundstone stand-up thing (at Harvard?) they used to show on Comedy Central all the time was pretty funny.

NA (Nick A.), Sunday, 25 January 2004 15:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, I agree 100% with the inclusion of Lee Evans, give me Joe Pasquali anyday.

jel -- (jel), Sunday, 25 January 2004 15:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Thin Blue Line was absolutely devoid of redeeming features.

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Sunday, 25 January 2004 15:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I agree about Izzard. Comic waffling: big deal.

R the bunged up with jollop of V (Jake Proudlock), Sunday, 25 January 2004 15:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Eddie Izzard is a comic genius, if only for his shtick on the genesis of Arnold George Dorsey’s showbiz name, Engelbert Humperdinck.

The Thin Blue Line was absolutely devoid of redeeming features.

Pah! What’s the difference between the manager of Barclays having a fight, and Fred Nerk?... One’s a warring banker, and the other’s a boring…

The Thin Blue Line is practically perfect in everyway --

Rowan Atkinson: I’m not sure about you, darling, but I had lots of fun last night: Flatulation on top of fornication…


It was the best
Scrabble score I’ve ever had!

Charles Hatcher (musenheddo), Sunday, 25 January 2004 19:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm glad someone else likes Paula Poundstone. When she was on To Tell The Truth she consistenly cracked me up.

Leee Majors (Leee), Sunday, 25 January 2004 19:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone who's not Dave Chappell or Steven Wright.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Sunday, 25 January 2004 22:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Paula Poundstone is cool.
Bobcat Goldthwait is probably the most nauseating, unfunny creature around. Followed closely by Gilbert Gottfried.

Moon Afari, Sunday, 25 January 2004 22:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

is Robin Williams still considered to be a comedian? if so, him.

Jackie Mason wins this one hands-down. plus he's a miserable sack of shit.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 25 January 2004 22:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Mike Bullard wins. The Canadians know what I'm talking about.

sym (shmuel), Sunday, 25 January 2004 22:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Jay Leno.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Sunday, 25 January 2004 22:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Gilbert Gottfried's schtick is a horror. Never funny, not even for a second.

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 25 January 2004 23:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Tom Wolfe considers Jackie Mason to be in the tradition of Mark Twain. Not sure if that says more about Mason or Wolfe.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 25 January 2004 23:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I disagree. Gottfried's screaming voice IS very funny, but
it's kind of thing you only need to hear once or twice - after
that you just scratch your head and wonder "what's the point?"
He's especially boring when playing a character.

For me, it's amazing how Tom Green can veer from abdomen
crampingly funny to desperately unfunny - from one sketch to
the next.

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Sunday, 25 January 2004 23:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No mention of Carrot Top yet?

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Sunday, 25 January 2004 23:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There's quite a few old-school British comedians/comic actors who could be put forward: Dick Emery, Benny Hill, Kenny Everett,
Norman Wisdom, Jimmy Tarbuck, Frank Carson, Russ Abbot,
Jiminy Cricket (ok Irish), Freddie Starr, Brian Conley.
Oh and Angus Deayton.

pete s, Sunday, 25 January 2004 23:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"No mention of Carrot Top yet?"

Blueberry Head is even worse.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Sunday, 25 January 2004 23:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

*counts to 'one' several times, looks confused*

after "after cease to exist" (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:29 (one year ago) Permalink

the mighty esteban

imago, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:31 (one year ago) Permalink

greatest lack-of-humourists is what's at issue here surely

mark s, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:31 (one year ago) Permalink

best part of that Nainan video is the slideshow where he shows bizarre street signs and just asks, "what do you think happened there?", effectively asking the audience to think of a funny punchline. I bet Gregg Turkington is kicking himself for not thinking of that as a Neil Hamburger bit

frogbs, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Did you count estela?

Mark G, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:45 (one year ago) Permalink

nah the other one's brodie

imago, Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Brodie jeez that was a shit effort

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:00 (one year ago) Permalink

"I still find it kind of hilarious that my local american public broadcasting station had some british comedy"

that stuff was NOT cheap. but it has always had hardcore fans in the US, in those days when it was much more difficult to ever see any british shows over here.

akm, Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:25 (one year ago) Permalink

was a little too abrasive in an attempt to be authentically australian

mh, Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:54 (one year ago) Permalink

imo if you love comedy then attend as many events as you feel enjoyable, I'm off my projecting this morning

mh, Thursday, 7 December 2017 15:55 (one year ago) Permalink

this is the liveliest discussion ilx has had in a while

infinity (∞), Thursday, 7 December 2017 16:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Ireland produces the most unfunny comedians per capita in the world, of course. Australia not far behind.

why Tom, I've never seen you at Cafe Lounge or Waywards or Camelot or the Union or Staves or Papa Gedes or the Factory or Fox or the Enmore or any of the other venues 5-60 minutes walk from my old house. surely you're not basing this assessment on seeing three terrible fuckwits do five minutes each on British TV shows, surely

xp Assumed for ten years and more on ilx that anything true in the US was somehow normal and thats just for starters

darragh otm, case in point:

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal

uh

― shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Wednesday, December 6, 2017 8:17 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ending myself at this post

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 7 December 2017 17:49 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I'd still ravish Andy Samberg for a night, but goddamn the 20 minutes of the Golden Globes I saw reignited my loathing for his tepid, inoffensive post-Fallon comedy. Fuck him and the culture that bred him.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:29 (one week ago) Permalink

A funny criticism given the Black Panthers bit (the only one I saw)

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:51 (one week ago) Permalink

all comedians are unfunny

twitter is bad not good (||||||||), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:52 (one week ago) Permalink

this desperate looking guy walked up to me when i was leaving a diner the other day and said 'hey buddy, can you help me out? i haven't had a bite in days'... so i jerked off on him

(ADVANCE) (320k vbr) (--V2) (aps) (diVX) (2CD) OST - SB (2019) (esby), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Ricky Gervais is to comedy what Imagine Dragons are to rock music

frogbs, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Shows up in car commercials?

Evan, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:09 (one week ago) Permalink

i did hear the Black Panthers bit, but he kinda botched the delivery imho

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:31 (one week ago) Permalink

i can't name a good comedian working rn. please help

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:49 (one week ago) Permalink

pewdiepie

(ADVANCE) (320k vbr) (--V2) (aps) (diVX) (2CD) OST - SB (2019) (esby), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Mullaney was pretty good up until that last special. Now? Idk

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:51 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah I've turned on him completely

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Ron Funches is pretty good

frogbs, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Judah Friedlander, Rory Scovel, Pete Holmes all had funny specials w in the last couple years

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:19 (one week ago) Permalink

xp - i like ron funches too! i also like stewart lee which prob makes british ilxors hate me but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

geez honestly i can probably think of more comedians i like, right? this isn't so much a "i hate comedians" as it is "my brains tired cant think of things right now"

suggest boban (Will M.), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:19 (one week ago) Permalink

I liked Emily Heller's album

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:24 (one week ago) Permalink

xp. many british ilxors like stewart lee

most stand-up is bad. saw a recent mullaney special, if you are charitable you would say that it hits "mildly amusing" at best a few times.

saw a harry kondabolu one a while back: absolute garbage. like, this man is not a performer, how did he get past just doing open mics kind of bad.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Hannibal Buress is still good

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:30 (one week ago) Permalink

I saw a Bo Burnham thing on netflix recently. I guess I can kind of see the appeal but it seemed way too youtube. And then I see that he was a youtube kid.

Yerac, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:35 (one week ago) Permalink

W. Kamau Bell's last special was one of the best I've seen in a really long time.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:35 (one week ago) Permalink

you have to be really careful on YouTube, you click on one Bill Burr video and your entire recommendations get stuffed with Joe Rogan garbage

frogbs, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:38 (one week ago) Permalink

urrrrgh Bill Burr. ugh Bert Kreischer. blurgh Doug Stanhope. I liked them all to a degree at some point but they're embarrassing now

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh yeah ^^^ I enjoyed that (w. Kamau Bell) and the Ali Wong ones. Mullaney specials are kind of catnip. His ~transatlantic delivery is so soothing.

Yerac, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:41 (one week ago) Permalink

his first 2 were great. the third was kinds eh.

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:46 (one week ago) Permalink

kinda*

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh yeah the Ali Wong ones are great

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:13 (one week ago) Permalink

I caught about 30 seconds of Russell Howard while channel surfing a couple of weeks back and he was so fucking hilar-e-i I fell off my chair/had an apoplectic follow through/split my sides etc.. Yeah, I can see how he packs out those arenas.

calzino, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:15 (one week ago) Permalink

british standup is generally an order of magnitude worse than already mediocre/bad american standup

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:16 (one week ago) Permalink

ali wong v good v sharp

wouldn't have called mullaneys delivery in any way mid-atlantic, unless camp somehow codes that way? but hes not good.

stewart lee obv a god

topical mlady (darraghmac), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:16 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah, he's got that old timey, continental thing going on.

Yerac, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:18 (one week ago) Permalink

are you saying camp like effeminate? Because I can kind of see that too.

Yerac, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:19 (one week ago) Permalink

heh ok i must just not be seeing it. the harry connick jr of standups i could see, maybe

xp yeah id have said it was a standout part of his style tbh?

topical mlady (darraghmac), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Adding to the chorus of Ali Wong love.

Can't stand Bill Burr. There's a clip of him talking shit about Yoko that occasionally pops up in my fb feed, and apart from being the laziest and hackiest shit imaginable, it's deeply misogynistic (he says some shit about, "Lennon, control your woman!"). So fuck that guy.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Now I am looking up the difference between mid-atlantic, transatlantic and continental accents. All kind of the same.

Yerac, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:21 (one week ago) Permalink

poll/thread lets get into it

we're funnier than stand up comedians anyway

topical mlady (darraghmac), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Got really tired of Stewart Lee seeing how long his fans would tolerate him milking each joke. I know pretending to be smug is part of his act but I still get the impression he thinks his material is way smarter than it is.

I still quite like him and his best stuff is fantastic but never feel like seeing his new stuff.

Britsh guys: James Acaster, Simon Munnery, Sean Lock are still great, or at least last time I checked.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 11 January 2019 20:17 (one week ago) Permalink

i found a good comedian yesterday, mark norman

rip van wanko, Friday, 11 January 2019 20:23 (one week ago) Permalink

we're funnier than stand up comedians anyway

― topical mlady (darraghmac), Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:23 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Hey man, speak for yourself.

A Nugatory Excrescence (Old Lunch), Friday, 11 January 2019 20:33 (one week ago) Permalink


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