The Top Five Posts of 2010

Bye bye 2010 and hello 2011. These were the most popular Comedy Club posts of the year.

1   The 25 Best Put Downs Ever

2   14 Brilliant Pie Chart Gags

3   The Greatest Knock, Knock Joke In the World

4   The 60 Funniest Jokes Ever (and some of the worst)

5   Fun in the Snow

ENJOY! And A Happy New Year!

Stewart Lee’s 41st Best Stand Up – Tom O’Connor

In the amazing book Stewart Lee How I Escaped My Certain Fate The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian. Stewart Lee transcribes (and dissects)  a routine of his, which features (among other things) his mother recounting a Tom O’Connor joke. This shows that sometims you don’t need jokes to be funny, just repetition, persistence and absurdity. Nice. The mention of quilts is because Stewart’s mum makes The Quillow, a quilt that turns into a pillow.

If you get the chance to borrow SLHIEMCFTLADOAS-UC from someone, do because his observations on the shows he transcribes and then lazily calls a book are brilliant. In fact, if you in the slightest nit interested in stand up, this is the best book on the subject that has ever been written. If you’re interested.

It seems perverse not to share the entire set of the Stewart Lee show 41st Best Stand Up here… so I have. Watching all of these, in sequence, which I have already messed up a bit, will enrich your life.

A full version of the show that’s transcribed in the book follows after the break.

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Mike Wilmot – As Recommended by Stewart Lee

In Stewart Lee’s book: Stewart Lee How I Escape My certain Fate The Life and Death of a Stand-Up Comedian, he recommends Gary Wilmot thus:

Just when you think you can’t stand to hear another middle-aged male comic moaning about marriage and how he can’t please his wife anymore, along comes this Falstaffian Canadian who can invest an hour on these tired old subjects with unexpected levels of humanity, surprise and inventiveness entirely absent from the work of more self consciously original comics.

That’s good enough for me and after watching these videos I agree. He’s harsh, he’s rude but Gary Wilmot is funny. I wouldn’t watch the last video on your iPhone during a walking tour of a convent though.

Comedy Genius – Les Dawson

Les Dawson was brilliant, he made the move from performing in working men’s club into the nation’s living room yet he didn’t dumb down to do it… in fact he became more sophisticated, if a little dafter.

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Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. Groucho Marx’s funniest quotes

Groucho Marx said a lot of funny things, tons of them. This is they:

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.

Why, I’d horse-whip you if I had a horse.

Either he’s dead or my watch has stopped.

A man’s only as old as the woman he feels.

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.

Go, and never darken my towels again.

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Fun in the Snow

Even when the nation’s middle management is having a terrible time of it in the ‘snow crisis’, the rest of the nation is happy to laugh at them.

 

 

Brilliant Birds Eye TV Ads

Every now and then a great series of adverts comes out, and these are wry, funny, disturbing and hugely surreal. Also the polar bear is voiced by Willem Defoe – hence the disturbing bit.

Is it a vegetable or a canonball?

No Laura, nobody does

Dippers, Clive, dippers