Thursday, September 8, 2011
So, is youtube the cartoonist's worst enemy? Was it a mistake buying a laptop? I should be working, but spend hours looking at clips, mostly documentaries or stand up comedy. After having watched lots of Eddie Izzard clips, I got the dvd box with all seven of his shows. The first four ones, Unrepeatable, Definite Article, Glorious and Dress To Kill are brilliant, the fifth, Circle, is quite good, with what is possibly his most well known sketch, the Star Wars Cantina bit. Unfortunately, the two latest ones, Sexie and Stripped, are less good, especially Sexie, where he just seemed to have an off night - lots of adlibs that go nowhere. My favourite bits of all his shows are probably Paul's Letter to the Corinthians and Cat, Are You Drilling?
Steven Wright is also very funny. I got his cd I Have a Pony. There's also a second one, I Still Have a Pony. Also brilliant. It must take him a long time to work up enough material for an hour, though. If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?
Robin Williams can be very funny. Shows like An Evening With and Weapons of Self Destruction can be found on youtube, but his best one is probably Live at the Met.
But my favourite comedian these days would be Louis CK. He's sort of a stand up comedy version of Ivan Brunetti. Funny but quite dark. His shows Shameless and Chewed Up can be found on youtube. He also has his own show on FX, Louie, but I haven't seen that one yet.