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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:14 PM
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Poll question: King of Comedy? Hicks, Carlin or Pryor?
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 09:18 PM by khephra

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:16 PM
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1. I think Pryor is great...
... but Hicks took comedy to a whole new level. May he rest in peace.
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LunaSea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:02 PM
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12. Difficult to catergorize these guys
And why is Lily Tomlin not listed?
(dammit)

I love them all.
For me,
Carlin is a philosopher
Pryor is a storyteller
Hicks was a preacher
And Lenny was a dambuster that made it possible for those who followed.

For those not familiar with Bill Hicks-go get your third eye squeeged right now!
http://www.sacredcow.com
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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:18 PM
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2. I added Carlin...he really should be there too.
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:25 PM
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3. carlin -- the man almost wrote poetry.
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 09:26 PM by unblock
and he has to be one of the most cerebral comedians out there. love the respect he has for the english language.
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KissMyAsscroft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:26 PM
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4. Hate to choose...
Hicks is a personal favorite, but I love Pryor and Carlin.

Hard to pick a favorite.

Hicks to me was more than just a comedian. He trancended comedy.
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:29 PM
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5. Who is Hicks? At least everybody has heard of Pryor and Carlin.
:shrug:
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Beaker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:00 AM
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19. who WAS Hicks is how that question should be asked-
he was well on his way to becoming The Man in stand-up when he was struck down with cancer.
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DoctorBombay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:30 PM
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6. Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce was the trailblazer. He made it safe for the other three men on the list to do what they did.

That said, Bruce, Carlin, Pryor, and Hicks would comprise the Mount Rushmore of comedy.
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:35 PM
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7. Well, if we're going back that far, It would be Redd Foxx and ...
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 09:35 PM by Kahuna
Wildman Steve...
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lucidmadman Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:37 PM
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8. Here's the order: Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce,....
...Carlin or Pryor/Pryor or Carlin, I wish Hicks had been around longer...
I also wonder if Woody Allen had stayed with stand up would he have been in the pantheon...
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:41 PM
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9. Sam Kinison was awesome too.
Definitely in the big leagues.
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furrylitldevil Donating Member (555 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:43 PM
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17. Sam was irritating
I've tried and tried to laugh at that guy, but I just don't find prolonged screams and whines funny.
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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:50 PM
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10. Carlin is the greatest living legend
he managed to never stop doing what he did best.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:56 PM
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11. Who is this Bill Hicks guy?
I see people mentioning him quite frequently here on DU, but I have never heard of him. From reading posts, I get the impression he was a comedian in recent years who died young--is that correct? But who is he, what kind of comedy did he do, where?
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LunaSea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:04 PM
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13. http://www.sacredcow.com
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:20 PM
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14. He hated Republicans, specifically GHWB and Rush Limbaugh
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BlackVelvetElvis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:30 PM
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15. Bill was intellegent. He knew what was going on in the world.
He has several recordings available on CD. My personal favorite is "Rant in E minor"
I got turned on to him in Chicago in 92. I saw him live and had never heard of him before then. He was incredible and very energetic on stage. His "dark poetry" was my favorite part of his show and I wish more of it was available because it was so creative.
If he were alive now he would be roasting Bush on a spit. I'm sure his act would include Bush and the devil. He did a great impersonation of the devil.
I miss him so much.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:36 PM
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16. Tough to compare Carlin and Pryor
One has a larger body of work, the other enjoys a special reverence not given to many comedians.
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minkyboodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:51 PM
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18. Pryor
For me growing up he defined the pinnacle of stand up.
Scott
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Beaker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:03 AM
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20. Gilbert Gottfried was the FUNNIEST act I've ever seen...
sometime in the late 80's at George's in chicago(no longer there).
I've seen a LOT of stand-up, and I would put Gilbert at the top of his game at the top of the list.
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Room101 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:04 AM
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21. I love Hicks, Pryor is great, CARLIN is the BEST!

No body has been more consistent and funny for longer than anyone else. I have been listening to allot of HICKS this week.
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Room101 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:09 AM
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22. Video stream of HICKS....
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Raenelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:11 AM
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23. Pryor--to the bone honesty, and milk coming out of the nose funny
Carlin's brilliant, I loved Bill Hicks, but Pryor could give you chills with his honesty, then have you literally rolling on the floor laughing. I never saw anyone as good as Pryor.
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Sufi Marmot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:20 AM
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24. Carlin loses points because...
...he has this shtick about how people shouldn't bother to vote. They replayed one of his HBO specials from the mid-90's a few weeks ago, and I thought most of it was hysterical and spot on, but I didn't like the anti-voting cynicism. I don't know whether he's changed his tune since then or not... :shrug:

-SM
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Dark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:24 AM
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25. Bill Maher.
Carlin's ideas are too radical for me.

Pryor is okay, but Bill's better.

Who is Hicks?
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