The most famous standup comedians

Today the genre of the stand-comedy has firmly entered our life. If yesterday we associated humor with KVN or Anshlag, today the heroes of the Comedy Club do not descend from the TV screens. And its main representatives have long been millionaires. Paul Wola is a modern trend, pushing to the provincial scenes of comedians of the past. But this genre originated not in Russia.

In the West, humorists have long been not reading on paper, offering viewers old jokes “from the Internet.” These actors are using impromptu for nothing, it does not matter for them to act in a close smoke-filled club or on a huge stadium with a crowd of spectators. Western standup has become a part of mass culture, this phenomenon can be studied for a long time. After all, there are many styles and directions, often we see only the tip of the iceberg.

But determine the genre, of course, its stars. It is from them that beginners take the example. We will tell below about the most important stars of stand-comedy, including here and domestic, working in this genre.

The most famous standup comedians

Richard Pryor.

One of the legendary representatives of this genre, Jerry Sainfield, the hero of the series about himself, called Pryor neither much nor little “Picasso of this profession.” Doubt, perhaps, and controversial. But it is obvious that the son of a boxer and a prostitute, who was brought up by a grandmother, owner of a brothel, managed to become one of the greatest American stand-holders. Creativity of Prior has largely influenced all those who followed in his footsteps. And he started back in the late 1950s, at first, as an ordinary humorist. Then Pryor worked primarily with the white public. However, after 10 years, the artist realized that this situation was deadlock for him and could be reborn. Like most great American humorists, Pryor built his sketches based on materials from his own life. And it was really crazy for him, so there was something to tell. Even when Pryor was already a world-renowned genius, he somehow rinsed from head to toe with rum and began to manufacture refined cocaine for a difficult job. But the artist suddenly caught fire and in this form began to run around the streets. The family decided that Richard decided to do so in an unusual way. And this story became one of the most famous numbers of comedians, while he managed to tell her both funny and touching. An example of a joke: “Burning ass inspires. This technique should be used at the Olympic Games. I somehow ran a hundred-meter in 4.3 seconds. ”

The most famous standup comedians

George Carlin.

Thanks to this pillar of the American standup, the genre acquired all the features that we see in it today. Karlin was considered a specialist in black humor, yet his speeches were permeated with acute social criticism, it did not matter, the comedian reasoned about global things or everyday things. It was Carlin who became the star of the first years of the HBO channel, thanks to him, television significantly expanded the boundaries of what is allowed. The famous number of the humorist “Seven Words That Can not Be Told on TV” even became the cause of the scandal and trial. But for the history of censorship in the media this has become an important event. As in the case of Prior, today Karlin’s notes and manners can be found in almost any comedian from the stand. An example of a joke: “And you did not notice that the majority of opponents of abortions are women with whom you would not even make love? Such is the balance in nature. ” Louis X Cay.

The grumbling style of George Karlin found many followers, but Louis Xi Kay became the most successful, multifaceted and incredibly funny. His career began in the 1990s in the rank of assistant at the evening shows of Letterman, O’Brien and other television stars. But at their age, Louis could not stand out for a long time, until in the middle of the 2000s he suddenly ran into his own gold mine. The humorist began to talk about such a close many subjects of the crisis of middle age, about flabby men who are surrounded by children and understand the unsuccessfulness of their marriage.On the stage, CK looked like an angry rude who swears with everyone – with children, hipsters, animals and even with himself. In terms of lack of political correctness with Si Kay, it can be argued that Ricky Gervase. Only here, behind all the ruthlessness of Si Kay, calling his children assholes and wishing to die familiar, one can see not only his aching stomach, but also a great kind heart. Since 2010, the comedian began to write for himself the texts himself. Cee Kay even began to shoot and produce a sitcom “Louis”. They say that this thing on American television is a real diamond. An example of a joke: “When heifers go crazy, they show everyone boobs. And when the aunts go crazy, they kill their husbands and drown the children in the bathroom. ”

The most famous standup comedians

Bill Hicks.

You can say that this comedian is a kind of alternative to Carlin. His performances are even more evil, caustic and cynical. Hicks looks like a clever, who on the family is written to perform in small clubs, gradually killing his life with forbidden pleasures. And although smoking and alcohol remained his companions, the artist managed to achieve considerable glory, let mainly and through scandals. Hicks never wanted everyone to like, but to those whom he still liked, the artist was not afraid to rude and insult them. Karlin just tried to teach the country to drop the usual hypocrisy, and Hicks lifted humor to new heights. He showed that you can laugh at everything – even over Hitler and genocide, if this makes any sense. The star comedian died in 1994, just at the age of 32 – the abuse made itself felt. An example of a joke: “How much do you smoke per day, sir?” A tutu? My God, you are mine, go, put on a dress and smoke your gay pacha. Yes, I spend two lighters a day! “.

The most famous standup comedians

Andy Kaufman.

There is no more mysterious person in the history of the standup than Kaufmann. It is generally difficult to call him a comedian or stand-up artist, he himself refuses in any way from his belonging to some genre. Today they would say that it was Kaufman who gave birth to such a phenomenon as “trolling”. In any case, Andy never knew how, or maybe he did not want to joke in the traditional sense of the word. On stage, the comedian acted in various roles, representing fictional characters. It was a Polish immigrant, then Impersonator Presley, or a bad singer-loser. One of the heroes was Kaufman himself, who felt comfortable in the image of a freak, even if he was patient with the patience of the public. Many people today are asking themselves: what was the real and normal Kaufman? The actor joked for so long about the desire to stage his own death, that when he died of lung cancer in 1984, many simply did not believe him. It was Andy Kaufman who portrayed Jim Carrey in the 1990 film “Man on the Moon”. The legend of the genre was dedicated to the song and the band R.E.M.

The most famous standup comedians

Ricky Gervase.

It became common for the stand-up representatives to start on the stage of the club, and eventually get on the television screens with their sitcom. In the case of Gervase, everything happened exactly the opposite. At first, Gervase managed to visit the vocalist of the little-known group “Seona Dancing”, working in the genre of new wave. Then he starred in the lead role of the English version of the series “Office”. That work brought him fame, so that on the stage of the stand, Jervaise came out already famous. Obviously, the actor is not as professional as his more stellar colleagues. But the lack of experience in the genre of Ricky compensates for his charm and lack of boundaries in terms of political correctness. Gervase allows himself jokes over fat people, dwarfs, representatives of sex minorities and does so in a way that everyone sincerely laughs. And the actor devotes his performances to large and serious topics – fame, politics, science. And although recently Gervase is too distracted by the management of the Golden Globe, he soon promised to present a new show with a promising title “Mankind”. An example of a joke: “I am half French and half English, so that their best qualities come together …I’m terrible in bed, but I do not smell bad from the mouth. ”

The most famous standup comedians

Billy Connolly.

The Scotsman stands out with his accent and colorful appearance. Next to Connolly, you feel like you’re in a pub and are next to a local patron. And he constantly tells stories about his numerous and insane relatives and about intimate medical procedures. And the comic began as a singer in the folk genre. In standup Connolly came in the 70’s, quickly becoming a cult in England. The reason for this success is the actor’s uniqueness. Oh, to someone, and it’s impossible to imitate him. Some of the well-defined themes during the performance of the comedian does not adhere to, his numbers are endless anecdotes or stories from life, often reminiscent of an old grumbling. It seems that thanks to the unique intonation and accent any story from Connolly can become ridiculous. It is impossible to imitate Connolly – attempts of brave souls are ridiculous in themselves. An example of a joke: “Reagan sits at a table in the White House, where he has a button” Babah “! Yes, my father is younger, and we even do not give him a remote from the telly! “.

The most famous standup comedians

Eddie Izzard.

In this genre, a comedian-transvestite is very rare. Nevertheless, Izzard was able to become one of the most famous standaders in Britain. Success came to the actor in the 1990s, when he began to actively wear women’s clothing and impose appropriate make-up. His own show the actor arranged as if the audience along with him get to a rock concert. Interestingly, the stage image did not affect the sexual preferences of Eddie – he is 100% heterosexual. Izzard’s style is often called insane, because his speech at concerts resembles a real stream of consciousness. The actor speaks about everything in the world – about religion and death, about supermarkets and fashion, while still constantly jumping from topic to topic. True, recently the comedian lost weight, lost weight and stopped painting. It seems that he slightly podrasteralov old energy, this is said and the lack of new shows in the past three years. Nevertheless, eight of the concerted Izzard are for the stand-up an indicative example, hence the uninitiated can begin to get acquainted with the genre. An example of a joke: “While they are engaged in homophobia at home behind closed doors and do not rape anyone, I do not mind.”

The most famous standup comedians

Dylan Moran.

This comedian goes to his audience so disheveled that it seems as though he was awakened in a hurry just five minutes ago in a state of terrible hangover. And the artist slept only on the floor and in clothes. And the stories of the comedian seem to be telling all about the unhappy things that happened to him the day before. Dylan’s best friends are alcohol and cigarettes, but they also make him less and less happy. Unlike his American colleague, C Kay, who laughs at himself with his own imperfection, Moran purposely enjoys it. All the rest that surrounds him is covered with cynicism. We can say that the actor simultaneously criticizes an unhealthy lifestyle and at the same time propagandizes it. In addition to the standup, Moran is shot in the cinema. You can mention the tape “Zombie by the name of Sean” and three seasons became an iconic English comedy series “Bookstore Black”. And recently Moran gave a couple of concerts in St. Petersburg that fans of the genre could not miss. An example of a joke: “I do not know how to swim, and even drive. That is, I was going to one time to go to the courses, but then I thought: “What if I drive into the lake? I fucking! “.

The most famous standup comedians

Jimmy Carr.

It’s strange, but this Irishman on stage shows a sample of primordially English arrogance. Carr reminds of the most classic entertainer, who for some reason lost his spirits and began to get riled all around. Carr is constantly trying to engage the audience in the dialogue, he improvises a lot, and a significant part of his show is given to the fast lines of consecutive jokes. The actor often concurrently performs the role of presenter on various television and radio shows.It is Carr that is close to the image of comedians, which has developed traditionally in our country. Of course, the difference here is in favor of the Irishman at the expense of the quality of his humor. An example of a joke: “Boxers do not have sex before the fight, do you know why? They do not like each other. ”

The most famous standup comedians

Jerry Seinfield.

The first performance of 22-year-old Jerry took place in the New York club in 1976. In 1981, Jerry became one of the participants in the popular “Johnny Carson Evening Show.” Soon the comic began to appear in other evening shows, from Letterman and Griffin. And in 1989, on the NBC channel, he started the sitemap “Seinfield”, which described the life of the artist. He was one of the creators of this series. Sitcom was broadcast until 1998, becoming one of the most popular in the country. At the same time in each series you can see snippets of speeches by Seinfield, which brought him even greater popularity. Artist for his work was even a “Golden Globe” in 1993. And the TV show topped the list of “50 greatest” TV Guide versions. An example of a joke: “You know that you become old when you get one candle on the cake. As if someone asks: “Hmm! And can you blow it out? ”

The most famous standup comedians

Paul the Will.

At the end of our list of the most famous heroes of the standup we mention the domestic character. Paul was born in 1979 and the school of humor was held in the Penza KVN team. Before joining Comedy Club, Pavel managed to work as a radio presenter. The role of the artist in a new show for Russia was formed immediately – “glamorous scum”. He ridicules the guests of the show, the show business stars. Jokes Will is pretty tough and cynical. But Paul does not limit himself to the framework of the scene – he records music albums, actively acts in films. The annual income of the main star of the Russian stand-up is more than 2 million dollars. An example of a joke: “In intoxication, the body believes that it is close to death, and therefore instinctively strives to continue the genus.”

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