Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hate Him or Love Him – Adam Sandler Was/Is A Stand-Up Comedian

Have you guys seen Adam Sandler’s movie “Funny People?” Remember the intro scene where Adam Sandler and his roommate Judd Apatow were making prank calls, well that actually happened back in the 80’s when Sandler and Apatow used to share an apartment together in Los Angeles. The reason for mentioning this fact is to help you realize what kind of comedian Adam Sandler really is. I for one, really don’t remember when I first saw him perform or when I started to like his comedy, but one thing that I do know is that Adam Sandler is a great comedian.
Stand up comedy has always been a great booster for Sandler’s career as a comedian, I’m not sure if any of you remember his first comedy album, which was called “They’re All Gonna Laugh at You” released in 1993. This album not only went double platinum with over 2 million copies sold, but it also helped Sandler in his transition from an oddball cast member to a burgeoning comedy star. The reason I think this album went crazy was because it didn’t had any subtext – it was just direct and filthy.
Anyway, I don’t really have much to say about Adam Sandler besides what you already know about him. I just wanted to talk about him on my blog just to tell people that Sandler was once and still is (sometimes) a stand up comedian. So I’m gona leave you guys with some of his jokes, hope you enjoy them.

Jokes About Stand-Up Comedy

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When I’m up there, and I know the show’s coming to a close, in my head I’m saying to myself, Oh man, you gotta get off and be a normal person again. That’s what I don’t like so much.

When I was younger and did a stand-up gig, it would take me two weeks to recover. Sometimes I’d get so panicked that I would stutter.

My comedy is different every time I do it. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.

Jokes About Himself/Life

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It’s horrible being alone. I threw a surprise party for myself. I parked the car down the street. Tried to fool myself. I set up a piñata up with a blindfold and a baseball bat and ended up my neighbor’s house, beating up their grandmother.

My name is Adam. My father’s name is Adam. Having the same name as your father, it’s alright until your voice changes. My friends would always call up, “Is Adam there?” My father would say, “This is Adam.” My friends would say, “Adam, you were so wasted last night.”

It’s just weird that out of nowhere God said, “May the three best-looking guys in Hollywood have babies – Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and me”. It was bizarre that God said, “I want to make the planet more beautiful,” and I got the call.

Jokes About Reading

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I finished a big book the other day. 421 pages. That’s a lot of coloring when you think about it.

I think the reason I don’t read is because, when I’m reading, I feel like I’m missing out on something else. You know, What are my friends doing? Where’s my girlfriend?

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Why Stand-Up Comedy is Better Than Other Comedies

Let’s make one thing clear – I don’t hate any type of comedy, I love them all equally, but I love stand-up comedy a bit more – that’s all! Stand-up comedy to me is a great escape from all sorts of worries whether I’m watching it live or a DVD of any comedian. However, this post is mainly aimed at people who are looking for reasons to become a comedian and this is going to be a feeble attempt to try and convince you why you should become a stand-up comedian. So without wasting more of your time, let me start my act to convince you.

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It’s Somewhat Easier

Let’s suppose that you want to be a comedian in TV series. I’d say that’s not a bad idea at all. However, the challenges that you’d face for getting into TV comedy would be more than enough to change your mind about comedy altogether. And all this is regardless of the fact that you have talent for comedy or not! On the other hand, if you have even just a little bit of talent for making people laugh, you can try your luck on any stand-up comedy stage. Many stand-up comedy clubs have open-mic nights where anyone from the audience can take the stage and try their luck.

Instant feedback

Stand-up comedy should be your first step if you want to become a full-fledge comedian. Stand-up comedy is performed live in front of a real audience, which means that you can get instant feedback on your act. For a person who is looking to make a huge name in comedy, you’ll need a lot of feed-back and constantly going back to your sketch board to sketch funnier jokes than before on the basis of your feedback.

Confidence Booster

Stand-up comedy is a great confidence booster. People are more than ready to laugh before you even move your lips. For someone, who isn’t confident enough, this can boost their confidence and moral, especially, if they want to become a professional comedian.

Better Perspective on Life

Being a stand-up comedian is a full-time job because as a comedian, you need to come up with new jokes every day, and for that, you’ll have to find humor in everything around you. Whether it’s your personal life or someone else’s life, you can drive something funny out of it. When you develop the habit of dealing everything in a fun way, your life will become much easier and fun to live.

These were just my reasons why I think stand-up comedy is better than other comedies. There’s plenty of shining examples of stand-up comedians who not only got to the top of stand-up comedy, but also made a huge name in movies, TV series, and overall as a comedian.

Comedians That You Should See Live This Year – If You Haven’t Already!

The list of standup comedians keeps getting bigger as new and very talented people keep coming. If you think you are missing out on some of the best stand up comedians, then here’s a list of comedians, who you should see perform live this year.

Jay Malone

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Some people are born comedians; others just make their way through it. Well, Jay Malone is one of those lucky few who were born a comedian. Jay is one of those who you’d call a multi-talented personality – Yeah for REAL! Because he’s not just a comedian, but he has also made name for himself as an actor and a cartoonist as well. Jay seems like your average guy, walks and talks like your average guy, but when he’s on stage performing, he’s not what you’d call an average guy. Although, his comedy style is what you know as traditional, but still, there’s something about his delivery that makes him very interesting to watch live, which is why he’s on this list today.

 

Matt McKenna

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Matt McKenna might be new on the stand up comedy scene, but still some of you might know him from “American Dad.” Matt is a voice actor, a producer and a writer of the famous TV series, American Dad. However, he recently decided to step into the world of stand up comedy in a big way. His series of one-man stand up comedy shows under the name “Enter Spider” is a great treat for comedy fans. What makes McKenna different from other comedians is his innovation. His one-man stand up comedy show is breaking the walls of stand p comedy and bringing in a whole new level to the stage. If you haven’t watched him perform yet, then you should this year.

Fortune Feimster

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It is very difficult to find words that describe what Fortune Feimster does actually, but all in all, she’s one of those comedians who have raised the bar for others. If you are a seasoned stand-up comedy fan, then you will notice two things about her. Number one, she’s one the most comfortable comedians you’d see on stage. Most new comedians hesitate on stage, whereas Fortune flows in and out of her bits with seamless transitions. The second thing that you’d notice is that her act sets her apart from others, which is a sure sign that she’s on the road to absolute great. If you want to understand what I’m talking about, then you’d have to see her perform live.

Marlon Wayans

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There’s no need for me to tell you guys who Marlon Wayans is because there are a bunch of Wayans brothers and they’re all very talented. However, Marlon is the only one who is very talented behind a mic. He’s funny, talented, and on top of that, he’s a stand-up comedian now! It would be hard for you guys to search video clips of him behind a mic – trust me I’ve tried and can’t find any, but believe me when I say this that, Marlon is the guy you should see perform live when you are not sure about what type of comedy you’d like to see. He has the ability to make everyone laugh, which is why his audience loves him. So, note this name down and buy tickets to his show the first chance you get!

Aziz Ansari

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As compared to the rest of the people on this list, Aziz Ansari might be a bit more popular than others in the stand-up comedy arena. There’s more than one reason for that, but it’s mainly because of the fact that Aziz is very talented and very good at making people laugh, which is why I recommend that you watch him live the first chance you get. Although, Aziz started his career in NY, back in 2000-2001, but it wasn’t until he came to Hollywood when he got his big break. If you haven’t seen him perform live yet, then keep your ears open for news about him showing up at the Laugh Factory LA, because he often performs there.

I could’ve added some more people to this list, but knowing that it’d be too much awesomeness to handle for you guys, I’m cutting things short and leaving some names for future. Until then, watch these guys and have a great time – and don’t forget to let me know how your day went at the live performances.

10 Stand-Up Comedians Everyone Should Know – Part 2

This is the second part of 10 Stand-Up Comedians Everyone Should Know. So without further ado, let’s continue this list and figure out who the remaining five comedians are? See First Part

5: Chris Rock

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Chris Rock never really managed to get his movie career off the ground, but when it comes to stand-up comedians, he’s one of the funniest comedians working today. Recently, he was named the King of Comedy and Time Magazine once named him the Funniest Man in America. Chris’s every special is worth watching whether you’re a stand-up comedy fan or not.

4: Russell Peters

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Russell Peters is one of those names in stand-up comedy that is not far from becoming a household name in America. His fan base is diverse and he has done sold-out events in the biggest places of earth. Russell has got two comedy specials under his belt so far. He is the only comedian who is known worldwide, from Canada to Singapore and from Australia to South Africa – you will find Russell’s fans all over the world.

3: Larry The Cable Guy

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Larry The Cable Guy is one of those comedians who has brought something new to the stand up comedy arena. Larry’s success is based on his redneck, good-ol’-boy humor. He is also responsible for introducing ubiquitous phrase “Git ‘R Done!” trucker hats, and sleeveless flannels to the public. Aside from all this, Larry is one of the highest earners in stand-up comedy who has several successful tours and best-selling albums.

2: Jeff Dunham

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Jeff Dunham has successfully branded himself as the comic for the common man. Jeff is well-known for his stable of puppets and broad humor which they bring to the stage. If you haven’t heard of him, then let me jog your memory – “I KEEL YOU!” – If you’ve heard or read that line anywhere, then that means you’ve heard what Jeff Dunham; correction: his puppet, ‘The Dead Terrorist’ is capable of. Jeff has earned a lot of popularity due to his broad humor, which often contains generalization about gender and race. He is also the responsible for scoring the highest ratings in Comedy Central’s history.

1: Dane Cook

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Like it or not, Dane Cook is the biggest thing to happen to stand-up comedy in the 2000s. He is the first comedian ever to get the “Rock Star treatment” i.e. selling out stadiums, etc. Dane Cook was the first comedian to figure out how to use the internet to build his celebrity. With the help of his gamble, he managed to become a huge success with young people and college audiences. The biggest credit that he deserves is for making the art form relevant again and to introduce an entire new generation to stand-up comedy.

Best Comedy Clubs In LA According to Reviews

LA’s comedy clubs are the best place for comedians from all over the world to start their career and find their way to fame and stardom. LA has a variety of comedy clubs that offer a night full of laughs and sometimes good meals as well. Here’s a list of some of the best comedy clubs in LA.

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7: The Second City

Address: 6560 Hollywood Blvd, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028

“A hidden gem right on Hollywood Blvd!  How many people walk past The Second City sign not knowing they’re a flight of stairs away from some of the best and cheapest entertainment in town?” says a fan about The Second City. If only people would take the time to look around, they’d find themselves at the doorstep of ‘The Second City’ comedy club. The Second City offers a variety of comedy skits, but if you want to visit this place, book your tickets in advance.

6: ComedySportz

Address: 733 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

We gota hand it to ComedySportz for the longest running stage show in LA, which is now running into its 23rd year. The different thing about ComedySportz is that their comedy is mostly about sports and improv comedy played as a sport here. “This is one of the best comedy shows in LA.  Neat little theater company.  Great fun!” says a review about ComedySportz.

5: iO West Theater

Address: 6366 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

“Very chill place with great sketch comedy and improv” is what most people had to say about iO West Theater. A lot of well-known names have performed here and some of them actually started their career from this club. If you are looking for one of the best improv comedy in LA then iO’s theater should be among your top choices.

4: The Groundlings Theatre & School

Address: 7307 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The Groundlings Theatre has been in the comedy business for more than 30 years now and there’s no doubt that it is one of the best improv and sketch comedy theaters. This place also nurtured some great names in comedy such as Will Ferrell, Kathy Griffin, Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens and many more.

3: Improv

Address: 8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

We’re down to number 3 and at number three we have the comedy club Improv. Improv is one of the premier stages for live comedy in the United States. Many well-known names have played center stage at Improv including, Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld and many more. According to reviews, it is “Definitely a place to hit up for a fun time and a good laugh.”

2: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Address: 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

For a comedy club that was founded in 1996, UCB has surely outdone some of the biggest comedy clubs in providing hilarious and outrageous comedy that keeps the crowd coming again and again. “There’s all kinds of fun comedy shows to check out here” and I don’t think anything else I’d say can top that.

1: Laugh Factory

Address: 8001 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

You’ve guessed it – the number one best comedy club in LA is none other than Laugh Factory. Most reviews about Laugh Factory say that, “It’s always a guaranteed great time at this comedy club” and one cannot agree more because the lineup is different every night, with different shows and different comedians – new and old, come here to perform. Some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy often pop-by here to perform.