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Top 5 Tuesday: My Favorite Standup Comedians

We all got some very bad news today as one of the funniest comics working today, Patrice O’Neal, passed today. He was only 41 years old. Firstly, I want to wish my condolences to his family and friends. Secondly, we decided to honor Patrice with our Top 5 Tuesday Topic. Without further adieu, here are my 5 favorite stand-ups of all time.

5. Ricky Gervais: Currently better known for “The Office” and his scathingly funny performance at the Golden Globes, Gervais is a super underrated comic. He gets the nod over some deserving honorable mentions for the “Gay Animals’ bit alone.

4. Sam Kinison: One of the two comics on my list that I didn’t see at their height, it would be a staggering oversight to leave him off my list. Hilarious and brutal, he used his roots as a preacher to deliver the hellfire on stage. Plus he was innovative…when he would call audiences members exes and curse them out? Pure, simple genius.

3. Pre-Freebasing Accident Richard Pryor: Is it insenstive to include the first part? Probably. But its true. That’s not to say Pryor was UNFUNNY after his tragic accident, he just wasn’t AS funny. He was a little more introspective, a little more relaxed post-accident. Before? Manic, filthy, and fearless.

2. Louis CK: I may catch hell for this, but he’s a MUCH better version of Jerry Seinfeld. Same type of observational style, except not cleaned up for Pop-Pop and Mom-Mom. Not only is he hilarious in his musings, its also impossible not to identify with at least SOME of what he says. If you don’t, you’re lying to yourself.

1. Lewis Black: Easiest pick on the list. I know a lot of people don’t consider him “top of a list” material, but this isn’t a lot of people’s list, its mine. No one combines intelligence, rage, absurdity and outright hilarity like Black. No matter how many times I hear his material, I’ll laugh like its the first time.

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