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Tadhg's Classic Comedy Collection

Discussion in 'General Humour' started by Tadhg Gaelach, Jul 9, 2016.

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    In my view, Richard Pryor was the all time greatest stand up comedian. He was always political, but his politics was expressed by releasing the repressed jouissance of his people - and nobody laughed like his own black people when he paraded their falls and foibles for all to see on the stage. Unlike many of our Irish comedians, who parade the Irish for the English to laugh at, Pryor presented black people to themselves - and if white people got it too, that was good, but not necessary. Many of you will have seen his filmed stand up routines, but, for me, this LP recording from 1976 is Pryor at his very best.


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    I think this is one of the funniest sketches of all time. Nichols and May were a comedy duo working in the 1960s. Elaine May played the femme fatal \ devouring mother figure to Mike Nichols somewhat overwhelmed male of the 1960s, who was already loosing his Paternal rights as head of the household and of society at large. Sorry for the poor quality of the upload, but its fantastic to be able to see this at all.


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    Unlike today, comedy duos were all the rage in the 1960s. Well, Mel Brooks needs no introduction, but this was the sketch that made him a star - along with his straight man partner, Carl Reiner.


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    I think it can be fairly said that stand up comedy is a Jewish art. Europeans had Burlesque and Vaudville - in Gaelic Ireland we had Cluiche which was a kind of physical sketch comedy - but it was the Jews in America that made the idea of one person telling funny stories into a stage art. We've already had two Jewish comedians - Elaine May and Mel Brooks (who worked with Europeans as their straight men), but probably no comedian has ever had the legendary status that this man has - his very name stands for comedy. Again, we are extremely fortunate to be able to see this moment of sheer brilliance on You Tube, when Groucho roasted Johnny Carson in a TV show from the late 1960s.


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