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There's this other world where all comedians want to do is make funny videos. Typically what's happened in the past is that a comedian gets a standup career and over the course of 20 years builds it up to the point where Comedy Central gives them a sketch show.

— Gavin McInnes

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The most memorable performance was my appearance in concert in Carnegie Hall.

The first standup to do so.


I'm fascinated by mankind. I grew up watching 'Candid Camera' and thought it was funnier than any standup, any joke, anything that could possibly be written because you're dealing with humanity. And people can relate to that. It touches everybody who sees it. It hits a nerve.

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I tell the stories in front of audiences and wait for something to happen.

It's similar to a standup comic doing his schtick for an audience.

I only like the live audience. I don't even like to do standup where it's being filmed. Because it affects the way the audience responds to what you say, because it makes them uncomfortable. You have to perform in a light room, and I prefer a dark room. But I love to perform, and I don't really see myself doing any television at all.

As a standup, I try to change the world.

As an entertainer, I try to entertain. And as a lesbian, I try to pick up the prettiest girl in the room.


When you go to standup, there seems to be a common denominator of some form of need or want for validation from the audience that maybe you were lacking as a kid.

Unquestionably, standup comedy is and has always been an art form.

There are two types of actors. There's the actors who can acknowledge that they could never do standup comedy. Then there's the pretentious ones, who believe that acting is harder than standup comedy. I definitely don't think it is. I also think making a comedy is substantially harder than making a drama.

I come to Maui and go surfing, standup paddling, slacklining, swimming, and free-diving.

Kurt (Cobain) was a fan of my standup, which was pretty weird.

I know when people hear that, it's kind of like finding out that Jimi Hendrix really liked Buddy Hackett, but he interviewed me at a college radio station before they broke and did Bleach. And then, like, about two years later, I was opening for Nirvana at these huge sports arenas.


I do longer runs on things, a lot stories.

I really like one-liners, I like a lot of different kinds of standup but I've always been long-winded.

I follow K-1 closely and also train Ray Sefo.

My heart is with K-1 and I love the sport of standup kickboxing.

The misconception is that standup comics are always on.

I don't know any really funny comics that are annoying and constantly trying to be funny all the time.

I think that standup has always been an acquired taste and there was always only a handful of performers that were really inspired.

I was broke until I was 40. Really broke. I could get by, but I had nothing. No health insurance, so if something happened I was screwed. I was lucky my parents had money and my brother was willing to support me for a long time. Once I started doing standup, I had an income, and that was amazing to me.


I had a great time on News Radio, I got to make tons of money in relative obscurity and learn a lot about the TV biz and work on my standup act constantly. It was a dream gig.

NBC anchor Brian Williams is a standup comic in disguise.

This is my chance to get out there and appease the fans of my music as well as show people that I do do standup comedy because a lot of people don't know that's where I started.

Until I started doing standup, there were some very bleak days.

I started out with comedy in college, but had my major in Recreation Administration - which meant I wasn't going to get a real job - so I started doing a little standup.


I don't want to be a spokesman for family values, but that's the way my standup is perceived.

I love standup and I haven't given it up.

I think comedians should focus on what makes them happy, what art form fulfills them the most. Don't be calculated about it and say, 'Okay, I'm gonna tweet, and I'm gonna podcast, and I'm gonna do standup, and one of those things is going to lead me to my own TV show.' I don't think that should be the goal.

I'm really good at standup. I always win at standup.

If you like standup and decide that it's overtaking your life and want to hate it, watch 1,000 standup comedians who are trying to get on a TV show.

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I know now for a fact that improv can't hold a candle to doing standup.

It's not the same buzz, it just isn't. It feels infantile to me at times. When you see guys who do it really well, great. But improv needs a rewrite.

It [live performance] is just very difficult.

Doing an hour, hour and a half of live standup is an endurance test. You almost have to do it every day to stay up on it.

I just like doing standup, that's all I'm interested in or good at.

I'm not a standup, but I play one on TV.

I'm not a standup. I don't really have jokes. I don't have 10 minutes. It took a while for me to realize this.


The demand for standup in the eighties was created by how easy it was to exploit 'comedians' and create very cheap television programming.

It may have lost its special-ness forever and the clubs might not being doing well but I think standup is in the best shape it has been in a long time.

Hopefully standup will become special again.

I'd like to go back to standup. I don't like to think I've done my last gig. At the moment it terrifies me, I get really nervous. It's a great buzz when it goes well.