Greatest stand-up of all time
November 9, 2007 8:00am CST
I was wondering what people's views were on the best stand-up of all time. I would probably have to say Bill Hicks. He has such an idiosyncratic style, and really believes in what he says. You can see he has been heavily influenced by Richard Pryor in his delivery and content. I love Pryor and he is definately one of the greats, but for me its got to be Hicks. I feel i should mention Ross Noble as well, although probably not one of the best of all time, a very funny guy! I'd be interested to see other people's suggestions.......
9 Nov 07
Robin Williams, hands down. His routines usually have me laying on the floor laughing so hard. I'm also a big fan of the Blue Collar group, though, especially Bill Engvall. Ron White is entertaining, and Foxworthy is a classic, but something about Engvall is just absolutely priceless to watch. I was really never a fan of Pryor, and I've never seen Hicks or Noble, but I think it's safe to say that if Hicks is similar to Pryor, I wouldn't care for him.
9 Nov 07
Robin Williams is a great performer, i'd have to agree with you there. Bill is fairly similar in his delivery to Pryor and occasionally on content but i wouldn't say they were too similar. Hicks talks more about politics then Pryor, and provides a genuinely interesting insight into the matter. I'd recommend him strongly, but he still may not be your thing! Ross Noble is an English stand-up, much closer to Robin Williams in his energetic performance and is great at improvising with the audience.
22 Feb 08
Bill Hicks is the best I've ever seen, extremely funny comedian but also spoke the truth about so many things. I'm so glad I went to see him on his last uk tour, esp as at the time nobody outside his family knew he was ill. At present I would say Mark Thomas, who is kinda the same mould but more into activism than Hicks was.