We all need heroes - to demonstrate great human achievement, to inspire us, and to raise our sights in our own lives and aspirations. And as an aspiring stand-up comedian, I have my stand-up heroes.|
To start with, there are the three pictured above: GEORGE CARLIN, BILL HICKS, and LENNY BRUCE. My other chosen four are: EDDIE IZZARD, BILLY CONNOLLY, SAM KINISON and RICHARD PRYOR.
The following pages of this website will be my introduction to these particular stand-ups <= SEE THE LINKS TO THE LEFT OF THIS PAGE <= making clear why I feel that they are important, and why aspiring stand-up should be familiar with their work.
There are CDs, tapes, and DVDs (mostly Region 1) available for these comedians, and they aren't usually as expensive as you would expect. To find the best prices for online DVD sales, use the links below to DVD Price Check and Happy Hunter Websites. To search for UK DVDs, CDs and books there's the Kelkoo Website.
For more links to websites of these and other great stand-up comedians, use the link below to the Comedians page of the Comedy Day Website.
By the way... other stand-up comedians whose work I commend are: JERRY SADOWITZ, MAX WALL, CHRIS ROCK, ANDY KAUFMAN, STEVEN WRIGHT, WOODY ALLEN, STEVE MARTIN, CHIC MURRAY, MORT SAHL and TOMMY COOPER.
Now... FRANKIE HOWERD, and MORECAMBE & WISE are also comedy heroes of mine, for being such magical television performers working with a live audience in a mode that could be called stand-up comedy. But for me there is a division between being a creative comedian and being an entertainer, and they are are on the wrong side of the line.
I think TOMMY COOPER at his best was so unique and subversive enough to let him in with the big boys. I know he did all those crap sketches in his shows that could have been done by any comedy actor, but I can always identify the dangerous moments in those shows when he broke the rules of conventional television comedy. Just ask yourself when you watch... Could that idea even have been ATTEMPTED by any other comedian?