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cousin jeffrey

PostPosted: May 8, 2005 10:12 PM 

I don't know if you guys already saw this, but according to Comedy Central, Jerry ranks as number 12 on the list of greatest comics of all time. He is behind such comedians as Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, and Rosanne Barr. You can check out the entire list here:

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PostPosted: May 8, 2005 10:13 PM 

I don't know if the link even works, i don't know much about computers


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PostPosted: May 8, 2005 10:34 PM 

Behind Rosanne Barr??? Shocked Sorry, not interested enough to even click on the link...

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PostPosted: May 8, 2005 10:45 PM

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PostPosted: May 8, 2005 10:47 PM 

Here's the top 20:
1. Richard Pryor
2. George Carlin
3. Lenny Bruce
4. Woody Allen
5. Chris Rock
6. Steve Martin
7. Rodney Dangerfield
8. Bill Cosby
9. Roseanne Barr
10. Eddie Murphy
11. Johnny Carson
12. Jerry Seinfeld
13. Robin Williams
14. Bob Newhart
15. David Letterman
16. Ellen DeGeneres
17. Don Rickles
18. Jonathan Winters
19. Bill Hicks
20. Sam Kinison


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PostPosted: May 8, 2005 11:54 PM 

No comment....


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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 12:12 AM 

i'd say all of those are justifiable, save for roseanne. i'd probably put carlin over pryor, though.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 6:27 AM 

Do you wanna know why jerry is on 12?

Because he had a bad appearance on the show Benson.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 8:37 AM 

hes # 12 because he isn't as good at standup as te people in front of him with the exceptin of roseanne barr.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 8:54 AM 

I agree with fusillijerry. Jerry's stand-up is not the reason I adore the show. And I think Jerry's a good stand-up comic, but not a great one. Just personal opinion.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 8:56 AM 

Steve Martin and Sam Kinison need to be reversed.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 10:23 AM 

I'd thought Bill Cosby would rank higher. At least top 5. Oh well, I don't know how official any of these rankings really are.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 10:27 AM 

PLEASE. A list which doesn't even include comedians like Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Redd Foxx, Bob Newhart, among others, shouldn't even be given relevance, let alone acceptability.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 11:10 AM 

I think Newhart and Foxx were on the list, but higher than the top 20.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 11:21 AM 

OK, but still, don't get me started. Smile I missed Newhart's name on the list amid my rage at the exclusion of others. Ellen Freakin DeGeneres above, well, anyone? Oy.

Plus, while I loved Johnny's show and later Dave's, they arguably belong in a different category - as does Woody (if Woody, why not Neil Simon?) Anyone ever see his standup at the beginning of his career? Just a bit better than Stanley Myron Hammelmann.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 11:30 AM 

I agree with most of what Jackie says...Ellen Degenerate??? Please...Where's Redd Foxx???
But I have to say that I have never EVER heard Bob Hope say anything funny.
I think Eddie Murphy's "Delirious"is still one of the funniest videos I have ever seen. But then "Raw" sucked.

David Letterman was a stand up comic, but I don't think he belongs on the list.
Johny was possibly the greatest talk show host ever. But his comedy was only funny when it wasn't funny. That was his schtik.
Robin Williams should be way higher.

But all this is personal opinion, we can argue about it forever.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 11:37 AM 

It's true. It is all opinion, and that, I suppose is what comedy is all about sometimes. Plus, with some of the stuff on Comedy Central, I'm convinced that these guys wouldn't know good comedy if it pimped slapped them. To them, if it's raunchy, it's all good. Gendison, I liked Hope, maybe because I am from a different era when topical humor, pacing, timing, and self-deprecation were kings. Not to say that today's comics aren't funny or that past styles are better (but they were certainly different). Many are funnier. But one thing about Hope (and Benny whose exclusion is downright criminal), he NEVER worked blue and was NEVER malicious. Guys like Chris Rock and Kinison are/were hilarious, don't get me wrong. But seeing Rock's uncensored stuff is often embarrasing to ME. If he removed a couple hundered mother fuckers and fucks from his routine he'd be JUST as funny.

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 12:18 PM 

I agree...It's the "South Park"syndrome, even though it started before South Park. Seems all you have to do these days is say "fart", "fuck"or "motherfucker". For that, I have to give the old school guys credit. I personally just never found Bob Hope funny, but I find a lot of others from that time very funny. Jack Benny, for one. Alan King, George Burns (with and without Gracie)...You can never satisfy everyone with a list like this.


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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 12:26 PM 

Half the cast of "Mad Mad Mad Mad World" should be on that list somewhere (some are)... Jonathan Winters, Sid Ceasar, Buddy Hackett, Milton Berle, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jerry Lewis, Don Knotts, Carl Reiner, Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, I could go on and on... (okay, I already have)

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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 12:29 PM 

Alan King was classic along with a host of other Borscht Belters who never got credit.

Anyone remember Myron Cohen? He used to be on Sullivan a lot. Played off his old Jewish mother all the time - what a riot. Always using the self-depricating stereotypes about Jewish life. One example:

I went to see Dr. Goldfarb the other day and I say, "Doctor, it's my knee, again". He says to me, "Your knee? MY back!" Smile


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PostPosted: May 9, 2005 12:31 PM 

Ooh-ooh... Jackie Mason! How could I forget Jackie Mason? Love those Borscht Belters... The "intervention" episode features that sort of humor... great stuff!

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