His recent passing brought new waves of adulation and analysis to a decades old body of work that is unsurpassed in stand up comedy. Carlin turned cynical curmudgeon-ness into comedy, when he wasn't challenging decency laws and morality by taking his Seven Dirty Words routine all the way to the Supreme Court
The first and perhaps only "Rockstar" comedian, Pryor's populairty in the 80s rivaled any athlete, actor or politician. Best known for his dead on impersonations, legendary story telling and uncomfortable honesty Pryor simply changed the game forever and showed everyone that the funniest guy in the room could also be the coolest.
Underrated and obscure thanks in large part to his early death at 34 from pancreatic cancer, Hicks has attained cult status in the years following his passing. With a reputation as an "Outlaw Comic" Hicks hilarious take on drugs, politics and humanity straddles the line between base humor and high satire. Uber-intelligent, cynical and biting Hicks raised stand up comedy to an art form and showed the world just how powerful the genre could be at delivering a social message.
He is an all time greatest stand up comedian. He has a wide arsenal of mature and immature material and if something goes wrong he could make you laugh without saying actual words
Yes, he's known predominantly for racial humor but black or white, young or old - funny is funny and Chris Rock is one of the funniest human beings on the planet. Perhaps the greatest testament to his skill is how mainstream he's become: despite talking about controversial topics such as race and sex and working very "Blue" he's loved by inner city minorities, white suburban dads, and elderly WWII vets.
He is a great comedian with such sick coms suchas the office the best sick com of alltime and some legendary stand up that maek you laugh 4 hours pz vote for him cos we al know how amazing he is ....
More people are probably familiar with Lenny's legal troubles and drug use than his actual comedy act, and I'm not sure if that's a compliment or an insult to his prodigious personality. Yes, Bruce was hilarious and revolutionary and boundary breaking - but his most important legacy are the struggles he faced to getting to stand on stage and say what he felt. Every single comedian today who curses or uses sex or race in their acts owes Bruce everything.
Every bit as funny as Pryor, Black, Carlin and Hicks but doesn't have to resort to foul language to make his audience laugh.
Besides the amazing job he did playing Terry on Reno 911? His stand up is some of the funniest stuff I've ever seen with the strongest flow. His new show Pretend Time is going to be hilarious.
He doesn't curse as much although it is not a problem and he does funny impersonations
The GREATEST insult comic of all time - a true legend that is a patriarch to comedy. HAIL RICKLES. Why isn't he in the top 10 or possibly 5???
Very funny black comedian. Life tragically cut short or he might have attained Pryor/Cosby like status.