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My friends give me shit for giving Sarah Silverman shit, but I think there's a lot worse that'd keep her off the list, male or female. A few examples include, but are not limited to, Ellen Degeneres, Paula Poundstone, Daniel Tosh.. I could go on.
I always feel like I'm the only person who really dislikes Sarah Silverman.
I feel like she sets women back a year or two every time she shows up on screen.
I met Sarah Silverman at the Jesus is Magic release party in NYC, which I snuck into. Me and the girl I was with sat in a corner, next to an old man and what I think was his wife. As it turns out, it was Sarah Silverman's dad. She came over and introduced us, then smoked us out.
There's more to that story but I won't bother.
I like Sarah. Some of her jokes are funny. I like her as a person as well.
I don't really hate Sarah SIlverman, but she definitely gets on my nerves. She's one of those comedians whose existence I can tolerate, just so long as I don't ever have to see her or hear her. Contrast this with, say, Leno, who is such a colossal douche that sometimes, my fuming hatred for his stupid face keeps me up at night.
Larry the Cable Guy is funny as hell.
And for the record, I thought some of Gallagher's non-fruit/object-smashing routine was kinda funny, especially when I was a kid
I've never seen an argument against Silverman that didn't boil down to, "oh, but she's a lady, why is she so IMMODEST."
Yeah, she relies too much on vagina and fart jokes, but she's also hated exponentially more for it than the mountains of comedians who rely on dick and fart jokes.
I think it just pisses people off that she refuses to stay in that lady comedian zone where the only acceptable jokes are variations on "MY HUSBAND IS SOOOO LAZY!" and "HA HA IT SURE IS TOUGH LOSING WEIGHT!"
I'm not saying she's all that funny (she's moderately entertaining most of the time) but moderately entertaining comedians don't get this much bile thrown at them unless there's a larger issue at play.
Sarah Silverman is "ok". She's occasionally funny and then a lot of times she makes these "wacky" musical segments or "funny voices" and more stupid shit that just doesn't work. She's ok, but I generally like her. She seems like a nice person and her heart seems to be in the right place.
Now, her fans... Whenever I meet someone who says "I LOOOOOVE SARAH SILVERMAN, SHE'S HOT, SHE'S SMART AND SHE'S SOOOOOOO FUNNY" they generally turn out to be morons.
Full credit for Sarah Silverman helping to get Obama elected, and then re-elected. It wasn't a solo effort but she gets high-fives for doing her part and then some.
Perhaps Aubrey Plaza says it best:
Bort's opinion: Sarah Silverman would be aces if she threw some humor in there somewhere, a little insight or cleverness or something we could relate to. Maybe she ought to babysit Louis CK's kids, they seem to be a rich source of comedy material.
So we can blame Silverman for Blackface Dubya? Wonderful.
Xeno - I've never really heard an argument FOR Silverman, other than "see, she's a lady, but she's totally immodest".
I find most of Sarah Silverman's comedy grating and obnoxious, but credit where credit is due, I love her as a voice actress.
Encino man was pretty much the best movie of the early 90s.
Damn straight. In fact, when anyone asks me how I remember the early 90s, I tell them to watch Encino Man. That movie defined an era.
The only thing I hate worse than unfunny stand-ups, is any celebrity gossip analyst.
|The New Meat |
Oh, a top 10 list! How droll! Could we next maybe have a countdown of the top 10 hottest video game chicks?
Lois Lane from Atari 2600 "Superman" better be on the list.
She is not. And at any rate, girls who are primarily found in a medium other than games are typically disqualified from Top 10 Video Game Girls lists - that way, we do not have situations like Princess Leia's brief cameo in Super Star Wars giving her a win over, say, Princess Peach. This applies to other mediums, too, so for example Lara Croft should not appear in a Top Ten Comic Book Girls list, even though she had her own line of comics and a crossover with Witchblade.
As a child, I discovered that if you won the Superman game in a certain way, rather than Clark and Louis coming together for a kiss at the end, they would merge and become one fabulous tranny entity.
Does the Dot Matrix Elvira from "Scared Stiff" pinball count? Ultra hottie
No, but dot matrix Elvira is on the list of Top Ten Pinball Girls (she is number one).
Sarah Silverman: She could be totally cool in person, but ugh her standup. I'M A GIRL AND I POOP.
2005 Carrot Top? Yikes!
Dane Cook is the male Sarah Silverman.
Dustin Diamond technically does standup. He deserves a spot.
Only 3 stars for the pussyfooted FOX news approach "some people say" narrator. All those non-committal comments, then an out of place, out of left field hipster slam at the end? Only hipsters hate Dane Cook? huh?
Today i told my wife that i plan to get "Carrot Top levels of buff." She didn't look me in the eye for a few hours.
No Paula Poundstone or Andrew Dice Clay.
Paula Poundstone ruins "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me". As does everyone else except the host and Carl Kasell.
The God of Biscuits
Paula Poundstone is the best person on Wait Wait and anyone who says otherwise has no sense of humor.
Funny, I would have expected Denis Leary to make the top three.
I would have expected him to BE the top three.
Much like Gallagher, Denis Leary had a special place in my middle-school heart with "No Cure for Cancer." Then, I discovered Bill Hicks and the fact that he virtually ripped off entire routines of his. Carlos Mencia seems to rip off Black/White People Jokes and make them Latino Jokes, which is still low, but many of those jokes are somewhat interchangeable. Leary is just a fucking thief.
|Jet Bin Fever |
I'll give it 4 stars for getting 9 out of 10 correct.
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
You know what? I recently realized that I hate Bill Hicks. It was kind of shocking, cause I know that I'm supposed to love him, always thought that I did, but no.
Sanest Man Alive
I fell into that same boat recently; I really liked him before and shortly after his death, and through much of my teens, probably because it was around the same time adolescence snuck up and continually laid a bat upside my hormones and sense of self. Going back now and listening to him, though... there's just long stretches of him outright preaching at an audience or otherwise dragging a joke on way too long, and it made me realize that I wasn't laughing because it was just funny, but mostly because "haha, you observed and opined on something in a way I can agree with!"
Hicks was the first "good" stand-up comedian I was exposed to. He was hilarious but he was something more than simply a guy who told jokes. Sure, he comes off as preachy and a bit of a bore now, because we take for granted that comedy can go to these uncomfortable areas and we've now had a couple of decades of comedians who have built on that, but back then he was quite revolutionary.
He's from an older era, so he's also a bit misogynistic and his worldview is conspiracy-theory oriented. Maybe if he were still alive he'd have grown and evolved with the times (considering the fact that he was quite progressive back then), or maybe he would have fallen into obscurity and drug addiction being reviled as a racist and misogynst. I guess we'll never know.
I honestly don't find him funny anymore, but I appreciate what he did very much.
If you haven't seen it this is a documentary about his life and it's very good: http://youtu.be/Wi4K0nKqF34
Bill Hicks doesn't do it for me, but taste is subjective, so I say that's my problem and not Bill Hicks's.
Any contempt I might have for Bill Hicks I simply shove over to Denis Leary, a third-rate Hicks imitator who steals material from more talented comedians. Loud-mouthed ignorant asshole; this country already has too many like him.
Who wants to see Greg Giraldo take Denis Leary apart piece by piece? Advance to 3:20 if the URL doesn't take you there automatically.
Why does Denis Leary keep outliving his betters?
Sexy Duck Cop
Bill Hicks, like many political comedians, is best in small doses. Too much of him and you just want to yell "Like you have all the answers!" at him.
Dennis Leary may have copied Hicks's shtick but I'd say the one comedian who actually carries his legacy in a sort of twisted way is Doug Stanhope, who, despite being an absolute trainrwreck of a person, is actually really funny and exciting to watch.
|Adham Nu'man |
I remember the first video I saw by Stanhope was his "how to build romance" bit, which is extremely misogynistic and awkward to watch, since most of the audience present isn't even laughing and there's just this horrible silence as he goes into this horrible nihilistic rant.
I was actually put off by it and loathed him for a while. It took me a few months to realize how brilliant the whole thing was, not so much the jokes he told (which weren't that good), but his whole persona on the stage and his attitude of contempt for himself, his audience and the world at large, which was just incredibly entertaining.
Unfortunately that clip was removed from youtube.
|Rodents of Unusual Size |
How is there not more hate for Jeff Dunham here? At least Gallagher was a funny comedian in the 80s who just lost his mind. Sarah Silverman I personally like as an actress in her own show and was pretty fun to watch in Wreck it Ralph.
Larry the Cable guy is a worthless hack but Jeff Dunham is fucking hateable. Same goes for Carlos Mencia. There is something just awful about his lack of talent and utter disregard for stealing material that nauseates me.
Also, I like Colin Quinn. That show he had on Comedy Central where comedians just make fun of each other was really funny.
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