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BS: Worst comedian ever?

Little Hawk 24 Feb 07 - 05:29 PM
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Subject: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 05:29 PM

Whaddya think?

I'm voting for Jerry Lewis on this one, but I have to admit that the competition is fierce.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Bert
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 05:33 PM

Rodney Dangerfield


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 05:35 PM

Now Little Hawk, I hope you're not going to be wiping sweat off the brow again! I loved Jerry Lewis and I loved his film "The Court Jester". You are right about the fierce competiton for the title but for the life of me I can't think of any contenders yet. I'll come back to you on that one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 05:40 PM

Without doubt, Don Rickles.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 05:41 PM

But....he's so creepy and disgusting! I have not seen "The Court Jester", so I can't comment on that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 05:45 PM

You may be onto something there, Peace. I had forgotten about Don Rickles. And what about his mouthy female counterpart who disses absolutely everybody. Whatzername???? She is to comedy what Anne Coulter is to political commentary.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 05:49 PM

Joan Rivers? Phyllis Diller? Dean Martin?


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 05:56 PM

Joan Rivers is the one I was speaking of.

Dean Martin was also a heavy hitter in the bad comedian sweepstakes, no doubt about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:00 PM

You know. I loved Red Skelton. His humour was touching and gentle. Some of the characters he did were awesome.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:01 PM

Such as? (I don't think I ever saw that show.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:05 PM

My favourite was Freddy the Freeloader. Pic of Skelton here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:06 PM

Ah, yes. I recall hearing about Freddy from friends at school. What about "Clem Kaddiddlehopper"? Was he a Skelton creation?


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: John O'L
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:11 PM

What I saw this thread title I immediately thought Jerry Lewis, and then almost as immediately, Bob Hope.

I too loved Red Skelton, and also Jonothan Winters.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:15 PM

Pic of Clem right here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: pdq
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:21 PM

worst: probably Al Franken or Howard Stern

On the other hand, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Jonathan Winters are great. The don't just represent America, they are America.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:22 PM

Loved Gracie Fields and George Burns, too. And Carol Burnette.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:23 PM

Sorry. Aluminum moment. Gracie ALLEN.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: pdq
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:35 PM

BTW, even those who don't Like Jerry Lewis should be able to admit that he was, in his prime, a very skillful performer.

He was a fine emcee as well as a good singer. Great timing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:37 PM

Oh yes, he was a skillful performer. No doubt. I just can't stand his particular style, that's all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Bee
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:41 PM

I never 'got' Jerry lewis' humour, or Bob Hope's - just never saw them as funny. Red Skelton I loved as a child, and I've always liked Carol Burnett.
And I think Rick Mercer is hilarious, although I know some people despise him. And Mary Walsh is a national treasure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 06:44 PM

I "got" Bob Hope's sense of humor, and still found him totally unfunny, and sort of creepy at the same time. He reminded me a lot of Richard Nixon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: GUEST,Glasgow Green
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 07:07 PM

Hi Guys! I've just popped in to say that one either loved Jerry Lewis' or hated his guts - I'm of the latter opinion myself.

But for totally crap comedians, look no further than England. The English audience is the most easily pleased on the entire planet when it comes to humour (read Willy Shakespeare's jokes if you doubt me - this is actually an emample of English innuendo - any mention of "Willy", "Dick" or "cock" is guaranteed to bring the house down.)

Bob Hope was born English - so he was crap; as was Stan Laurel. George Burns should have been English as he was also crap. But the Ultimate crap comedian of all time has to be Danny Kaye.

Tippocketa-pocketa - example of a joke from Walter Mitty.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 07:38 PM

Sorry, "The Court Jester" was Danny Kaye - but I liked both of them!!!!!!!! No hope!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: pdq
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 07:45 PM

another candidate for worst: Rob Reiner


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Amergin
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 07:58 PM

Jerry Seinfeld....Ellen Degenerate.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 08:27 PM

Either Andy Kaufman or Bob Sagett. Both of them are painful to watch, because their humor is either so lame or deliberately not funny that I'm embarrassed for them.
Steven Wright is probably my favorite..."I saw a restaurant that had a sign saying 'Breakfast Anytime' so I ordered French Toast in the Middle Ages."


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 08:45 PM

Jesus of Nazareth. He was a lousy comedian. But he did do some pretty neat magic tricks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: kendall
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 08:53 PM

That big stupid galoot with the silly hair on Seinfeld.

Jerry Lewis was about as funny as busted rubber.

Red Skelton was one of the greats. His characters were:
Clem Kadiddlhopper
Freddy the freeloader
Punchdrunk McPug
There was one other...southern colonel or something.

Tim Conway breaks me up.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: melodeonboy
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 09:03 PM

"The English audience is the most easily pleased on the entire planet when it comes to humour", says Glasgow Green.

You should get out more, mate! What do you profess to know about international audiences?

The worst comedian ever has got to be Ken Dodd.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Don Firth
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 09:14 PM

Back in the late Sixties, one of the networks put on a comedy program that was supposed to compete with "Laugh-In." And "Laugh-In" was such a power-house that any show trying to compete with it in the same time-slot was a formula for show-biz suicide. I don't remember the name of the show, but within a couple of months, the good ones (as I recall, that included Lily Tomlin) had moved over to "Laugh-In" and the new show that was supposed to compete with it was cancelled.

This short-lived comedy show was Steve Martin's first exposure on the national scene. I thought he was stupid and inane then, and although I haven't seen much of his work at all within recent years, the last time I saw him on television about a year ago, he was still just as stupid and inane. Helluva banjo player, though!

I sort of put him in the same category as Jerry Lewis. In both cases, neither comedian (?) seemed to be able to distinguish between "funny" and "just plain silly."

Steve Martin did have at least one shtick that I thought was pretty funny, though. I think it was in "The Jerk," where he was reading a letter aloud that had got wet, and as the ink smeared and ran and the letter became less and less readable, he got more and more mush-mouthed. Now that was funny!

Don Rickles I didn't consider funny either. His stock in trade was insults, and to me, a lot of his stuff just sounded kind of mean-spirited rather than funny.

There are a lot of comics that I think are funnier than hell, and I've been accused of having a universal sense of humor. I mean, I think "Two and a Half Men" is hilarious and I crack up over "The Red Green Show."

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: pdq
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 09:18 PM

Gee Kendall, thought your favorite Red Skelton character would be "The Mean Little Kid".


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 09:23 PM

I never got Emo Phillips, or Judy Tenuta (sp?). Or Andy Kaufmann. I thing there was a wave of "comics" whose acts were either beyond me or they truly weren't funny. Fortunately, that style of comedy has died for the time being.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: catspaw49
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 09:24 PM

Sorry.....Trying to define worst or best in anything is pretty lame as an exercise but trying to attach those labels to comedy and comedians is even more futile and hopeless than mentally masturbating over "What is Folk?" Was Danny Kaye a comedian or a comedic actor? Is stand-up required or do we lump writers, actors, performers, etc. all into the same category? I kinda' doubt that is possible.

So yeah, I really never cared much for Andy Kaufman and I'd prefer to read some Fran Lebowitz than watch Martin Lawrence do anything. If I use my own personal definition of "comedy," than Lenny, Richard, and George, have been joined by Robin as the Holy Trinity expands. And where Henny Youngman turned my stomach, Morey Amsterdam gave me belly laughs. I loved Danny Kaye and I loved Red Skeleton too, but he was almost too sacharine for my taste.

There is but one certainty......Jerry Lewis bites the big one!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: frogprince
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 09:59 PM

I can't believe no one has nominated Andrew Dice Clay.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 10:07 PM

I think I'd have to concur with the Jerry Lewis tendency, based on the irritation I felt as a young lad watching his films on TV. This was during that uncritical period I think we all have when I thought that nearly all comedy I saw on TV was funny.
Jerry Lewis was an exception. As they say here in Cheshire, he was 'too daft to laugh at'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 10:08 PM

Who?


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 10:17 PM

The 'Who?' was regarding Andrew Dice Clay.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: frogprince
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 10:27 PM

Consider yourself lucky to have to ask, Peace. I haven't actually heard of him for awhile myself now. But he was actually pretty popular in the states a few years ago. Imagine standing on stage reciting every childhood nursery rhymn you can think of, but working in every obscenity you can jam in. On second thought, don't bother.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Don Firth
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 10:33 PM

Andrew Dice Clay was (is) a comedian? How strange. . . .

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Bee
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 10:49 PM

The absolute best comedy I've seen live, ever, and with great music as well, was Buddy Wassisname and the Other Fellers. My husband and I left their concert with sore cheeks and bellies from laughing so hard and so long. People were falling out of their seats.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: bobad
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 11:02 PM

I have an LP that I purchased at a yard sale for $.25 by somebody who goes by the name Buzzy Greene. The LP is titled "Stag Nite At The Lodge." This is the cover WARNING: do not look if you are offended by the female breast (that should get everyone looking). You've heard of borscht belt comedians, well this guy should be called the soup kitchen comedian - he is so bad that he's good - if you know what I mean.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 11:04 PM

Boy, that looks like an album that record collectors would go to almost any lengths to have. I bet it's a hot item on Ebay. I wonder where I can get a copy? Geez. Maybe Johnny Death has it in his vast collection of LPs. I gotta call him up and find out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 11:07 PM

Cluin would love to see the cover.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: bobad
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 11:09 PM

On the cover is printed "Frameable Cover Art" perfect for hanging on the walls of your bachelor pad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: GUEST,Nick
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 11:10 PM

ESPN has a show called "The Cheap Seats" kind of like science fiction mystery theater 3000, but they make fun of sports events and shows. One show they ripped was a Steve Garvey Fishing tournament, one of the fishing "Celebs" was the "Up and Coming Comedian" Johnny Floorwax.
I think he may qualify as worst ever as he was never heard from before or since
Nick


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: bobad
Date: 24 Feb 07 - 11:24 PM

That reminds me of a bumper sticker I once saw that made me laugh - "Honk If You're Carrying Steve Garvey's Baby" - it was funny in the context of the "Steve Garvey affair."


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Bill D
Date: 25 Feb 07 - 01:12 AM

I just saw a re-run of Benny Hill....now I remember why I quit watching him years ago.

And yes, Andrew Dice Clay was as bad as they get.

(The Red Green Show seems to have disappeared from out local lineup...Canada..please send more!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: michaelr
Date: 25 Feb 07 - 01:21 AM

Andrew Dice Clay.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 25 Feb 07 - 01:25 AM

I have to admit that Andrew Dice Clay is even worse than Jerry Lewis.


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Subject: RE: BS: Worst comedian ever?
From: Peace
Date: 25 Feb 07 - 01:30 AM

I just watched some of his 'comedy' on youtube. It's enough to gag a maggot.


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