I'm torn, and here's why. There was a time, a long time ago, when Richard Pryor was the funniest man on the planet. That being so, his jokes became ingrained to the point that every person you knew telling a joke or a story was basically telling a Pryor joke. It may not be exactly the same but pretty much. And I'm not talking about comics. I'm talking about kids on the playground, then guys in class, then jackasses at parties, then people in bars. Pretty much every unfunny person you ever met over the years was doing Pryor, and they probably didn't even realize it. His jokes became old and standby for unfunny people. This is probably a testament to what he meant to comedy. But his jokes now come off as stale to me.
Izzard will probably never be widely regarded as the funniest person on the planet. But at least it's fresh and it makes me laugh RIGHT NOW. So, when I watch these clips I enjoy Izzard's more. His jokes are thoughtful and genuinely funny.
That said, I will still probably vote Pryor. I was around back then and remember when all of his jokes were new and funny as hell.
So that wasn't stand-up? Or even if it was, maybe it wasn't representative of his best work?
Maybe not. Let me try to be clear here. I'm not trying to make a case against Chappelle. Chappelle's awesome. I'm only explaining why I chose Rock over Chappelle. It was very close, but the fact that most of my liking for Chappelle was not based on his stand-up just barely gave Rock the edge for me.
Yeah, I absolutely agree. Its where he loses you. He's SO fucking full of energy he can't help but wear you down after awhile unless you too are hopped up on something. Which is probably why I loved his stuff when I was a teenager all hopped up on soda playing video games all night.
Which in fairness is probably a negative to his standup. If he can't keep you for the length of time he tries to, that's probably a pretty clear flaw. But I think his rep takes a hit and his great stuff is lost in the basic exhaustion people have and the "SHUT THE FUCK UP AND SOMEONE TRANQ HIM ALREADY!" reaction it creates.
He's right, you screwed it up. The high seed should face the low seed. So in the 2nd round if all the high seeds advance #1 should face #8 and #4 should face #5. You have #4 facing #8 and #1 facing #5. You've given the lower seeds easier paths and basically taken away the #1's seed's advantage in being #1 beyond the 1st round.
Obviously it doesn't always work out that way. Would (1) Carlin have a hard time with ( Hedberg than (5) Rock? Maybe not. But he SHOULD face off against Hedberg in the 2nd round. Well actually he should face off against Cosby, but that's neither here nor there.
The proper way would have been:
1/16 vs 8/9 4/13 vs 5/12
3/14 vs 6/11 2/15 vs 7/10
That way, as long as there are no upsets the highest seed is always facing the lowest.
Tell you what, I like Black... but I heard a bit by David Cross on one of his comedy specials... it was about someone who got gold foil in the icing on their cake. If one of you Cross supporters is able to find that somewhere for me, I'll switch my vote to Cross. :-)
Uh. Rock, while he can be great sometimes, usually just rubs me the wrong way. Plus, his material often seems more racist than racial.
Plus, Rodney is a legend. I love the guy.
completely disagree. It's staring straight into the stereotypes and showing them for what they are and morseo, doing a very intelligent and funny analysis on it. The clip TarHeel put up is a great example of that.
I caught Katt's standup specials on HBO and Comedy Central and they were hilarious. His last one, something about a road trip, wasn't so good, but the other two were great. Throws around the N-bomb a little too much for my tastes, but still, funny as hell.