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Joseph Glantz
Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:37:10 AM
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OK. Who's your favorite political comedian? Samples of their humor please. Please try to limit the samples to 2-3 per comedian.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:42:13 AM
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"Swingers clubs in Canada are a little different than here (in the U.S.) There, it's a club you can go to to have sex with your own spouse, but sober and during the day." - Jon Stewart (The Daily Show on the Comedy Channel) Whistle
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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:20:49 PM

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I love Bill Mahr but I can't think of an example of his humor right now.
jmacann
Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:27:51 PM
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George Carlin pushed the limits.

I would rather not spoil the samples by breaking them into bits and pieces.
leonAzul
Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:37:20 PM

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jmacann wrote:
George Carlin pushed the limits.

I would rather not spoil the samples by breaking them into bits and pieces.


+1 for Carlin. He was one of the very few who are both genuinely funny and politically astute.

Geeman
Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 2:05:23 AM

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leonAzul wrote:
jmacann wrote:
George Carlin pushed the limits.

I would rather not spoil the samples by breaking them into bits and pieces.


+1 for Carlin. He was one of the very few who are both genuinely funny and politically astute.

+2 for Carlin.

Lenny Bruce is politically important but not REALLY a political humorist--if that makes sense--but arguably the most important standup of the 20th century, so one has to give him some sort of props for making guys like Carlin possible.

Personally, I'd give points to Bill Hicks, but his early demise makes it difficult to really put him at the upper end of the pantheon.

Richard Pryor should get more points than he probably does for his political commentary.


Joseph Glantz
Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:12:01 AM
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Yeah George, John, Bill, Richard and Lenny were/are pretty good. Not familiar with Hicks. I like Lewis Black and the SNL parodies. I'll even give the conservatives one - a writer, Christopher Buckley. Not P.J. O'Rourke who's clever but not funny.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 5:52:47 PM

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Joseph Glantz wrote:
Not familiar with Hicks.

Some samples of Bill:

on abortion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJcebIEOkhY

on gays in the military:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np6_b-72H3E

(My personal favorite) on marketing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:49:53 AM
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Geeman wrote:
Joseph Glantz wrote:
Not familiar with Hicks.

Some samples of Bill:

on abortion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJcebIEOkhY

on gays in the military:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np6_b-72H3E

(My personal favorite) on marketing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo


Wow - he certainly had an "edge" to his humor. Shame he died so young.
Maggie
Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:53:53 AM
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Dennis Miller and Ron White.
(of course)
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excaelis
Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:01:03 PM

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George W Bush always made me laugh. Loved that sitcom he did where Bob Newhart ran that inn in Vermont and he and his brothers Darryl and Darryl were always screwing up. The episode where they were convinced the ditzy blonde chick was hiding WMDs in her underwear drawer was hilarious.

Wonder what became of him ?
Geeman
Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:51:51 PM

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Joseph Glantz wrote:
Wow - he certainly had an "edge" to his humor. Shame he died so young.

Yeah, it's edgy alright.... Sam Clemens/Mark Twain once wrote that he wanted to write "with a pen warmed up in Hell." I love SC/MT, but it's debatable how successfully he did that. Nowadays there's stuff he wrote that has a sort of edge, but amongst his contemporaries or even predecessors one can find stuff that has a comparable or even greater "heat" than his.

Hicks still seems to me to have gone further and been more edgy than anyone before or since. Funny undoubtably, but very often the kind of funny that you have to laugh at because the only other reasonable response is to cry.

There are guys out there who "shock" more than Hicks maybe, and there are any number willing to humiliate themselves in vile, juvenile and even violent ways, but those guys are one of the things Hicks could reduce to a stain on the carpet of history with a few choice words.

He was a bit of a nutjob on certain issues, though. Personally, I think Oswald killed Kennedy, and I'm dismayed that so many people find elaborate conspiracies in that simple event. Hicks was one of those people. It was the kind of thing that set Hicks off into rhapsodies of conspiracy theories and ranting. Still, even when I disagree with him in detail or philosophically, he was funny.
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 8:08:07 AM
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excaelis wrote:
George W Bush always made me laugh. Loved that sitcom he did where Bob Newhart ran that inn in Vermont and he and his brothers Darryl and Darryl were always screwing up. The episode where they were convinced the ditzy blonde chick was hiding WMDs in her underwear drawer was hilarious.

Wonder what became of him ?


Funny. Newhart was/is one of my favorites. I always thought he and Calvin Trillin should work on somethng together.
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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 1:55:47 PM
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excaelis wrote:
George W Bush always made me laugh. Loved that sitcom he did where Bob Newhart ran that inn in Vermont and he and his brothers Darryl and Darryl were always screwing up. The episode where they were convinced the ditzy blonde chick was hiding WMDs in her underwear drawer was hilarious.

Wonder what became of him ?


Yep. George Bush could be funny. And he now has some SERIOUS competition.

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As for what became of him, he's holding a seat at the dinner table for the guy in the above video - for about 13 months from now.
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 3:52:58 PM
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Truthseeker wrote:
excaelis wrote:
George W Bush always made me laugh. Loved that sitcom he did where Bob Newhart ran that inn in Vermont and he and his brothers Darryl and Darryl were always screwing up. The episode where they were convinced the ditzy blonde chick was hiding WMDs in her underwear drawer was hilarious.

Wonder what became of him ?


Yep. George Bush could be funny. And he now has some SERIOUS competition.

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As for what became of him, he's holding a seat at the dinner table for the guy in the above video - for about 13 months from now.


Yes. I'm looking forward to the President's Correspondence too! Maybe George can sit next to the Donald this time so President Obama doesn't have to spend too much time on Trump's toupe.
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 6:08:09 AM
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George Denis Patrick Carlin and yes of course George w bush...Whistle
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 9:29:36 AM

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Not very familiar with this genre (American, I mean),
but looking this subforum sometimes,
Truthseeker and Niblick are high ;-)
Truthseeker
Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:29:35 PM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Not very familiar with this genre (American, I mean),
but looking this subforum sometimes,
Truthseeker and Niblick are high ;-)


Considering the source JJ, I consider that a supreme compliment.

Like Margaret Thatcher said, "Eventually socialists run out of other people's money."
How's your 'Fat Tax' working out for ya?

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:43:25 PM

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Truthseeker wrote:

How's your 'Fat Tax' working out for ya?


Sometimes it's wiser to do the homework before entering the chalkboard.
almostfreebird
Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:47:55 PM
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Bill Maher


Monologue


Truthseeker
Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 5:08:49 PM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Truthseeker wrote:

How's your 'Fat Tax' working out for ya?


Sometimes it's wiser to do the homework before entering the chalkboard.


Oh! That's right. You're a FINN and not a Dane. d'oh!

That is so obvious from the tenor of your posts.
My bad.

But never fear. Socialism is alive and well in your part of the world. Your prayers will soon
be answered. It won't be long before you, too, get to share your wealth through a brand new spin on the old locution
"chewing the fat".
excaelis
Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 5:22:25 PM

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Didn't take long for this to get pissy.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 6:37:57 PM

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Truthseeker wrote:

But never fear. Socialism is alive and well in your part of the world. Your prayers will soon
be answered. It won't be long before you, too, get to share your wealth through a brand new spin on the old locution
"chewing the fat".


I'm always surprised of your excellent knowledge and expertise on European and especially Nordic countries' way of life and circumstances.
Sick
Truthseeker
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:02:57 PM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Truthseeker wrote:

But never fear. Socialism is alive and well in your part of the world. Your prayers will soon
be answered. It won't be long before you, too, get to share your wealth through a brand new spin on the old locution
"chewing the fat".


I'm always surprised of your excellent knowledge and expertise on European and especially Nordic countries' way of life and circumstances.
Sick


Yes, it is quite surprising, isn't it? Kind of like your marvelously enlightening commentary on the Politics of the United States. Google is a truly amazing thing.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:06:49 PM

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Truthseeker wrote:

Yes, it is quite surprising, isn't it? Kind of like your marvelously enlightening commentary on the Politics of the United States. Google is a truly amazing thing.


Can you give an example of my commentary on the Politics of the United States?
Truthseeker
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:42:15 PM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Truthseeker wrote:

Yes, it is quite surprising, isn't it? Kind of like your marvelously enlightening commentary on the Politics of the United States. Google is a truly amazing thing.


Can you give an example of my commentary on the Politics of the United States?


We can't go back any further than Oct. 15. But then.......... you already knew that.
I'm here for the long run. Sit back and relax. It's going to be fun.

Truthseeker
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 10:15:54 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:

Can you give an example of my commentary on the Politics of the United States?


But then there was that recent reference of yours in which you revealed an intimate knowledge of our tea party:

Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Of troglodytes,
they can be interpreted as Hobbits (holbytla - cave dweller), or earthworms who help aerate and enrich soil.
Nothing bad to say about troglodytes.

But these tea-partyists and other political fiddlers are not worth of a malodorous fart.

Who'd have ever guessed?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 7:12:18 AM

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Ts,
the one who seeks, ultimately finds,
a fart

Someone could see some political humour in it.
Truthseeker
Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:56:00 PM
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[quote=Jyrkkä Jätkä]Ts,
the one who seeks, ultimately finds,
a fart

Someone could see some political humour in it.
[/quote

For the life of me, I can't understand why you'd be seeking it, but none the less - WHEN you found this fart, did you find it funny?

I won't ask if it was malodorous. THAT would be for your nose only.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 6:33:17 PM

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Ts, you expert of all the meaningful things,

You can call the others whatever you like,
Nazis, Communists, Socialists,
even Democrats.

Have you ever thought?
Truthseeker
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 9:56:46 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Ts, you expert of all the meaningful things,

You can call the others whatever you like,
Nazis, Communists, Socialists,
even Democrats.

I call them whatever I like? Well........ I refer to them as what they are. If I have been in error in my characterizations, perhaps you can enlighten me.


Have you ever thought?

My, my. You do have a penchant for words, especially when you attempt to avoid the issues.
I do hope your day improves, J.J.


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