So when I heard about the movie Funny People earlier this year, I was really excited to see it. And it was everything I hoped it would be. It’s not exactly a comedy, but it is funny. And, better yet, it provides a glimpse into the lives of standup comedians — both those who are up and coming, and those who have “sold out.”
Since Funny People came out on DVD last week, I wanted to share some of my favorite comedians currently working. Some of them you’ll definitely recognize, but hopefully there’s a few you’ll discover. Many of them are featured in The Comedians of Comedy, which I highly recommend.
My absolute favorite comedian right now. You’ll recognize him from The Hangover, but he’s been doing fantastic standup for years. His shows include musical interludes with random thoughts and a lot of self deprecation. His Between Two Ferns videos for Funny or Die are hysterical. Bonus: he grows a magnificent beard.
She has a filthy mouth and yet manages to be endearing.
Michael Ian Black
MIB has starred in two hilarious comedy shows — The State and Stella — in addition to his current Comedy Central show, Michael and Michael Have Issues. He’s also a really funny author, blogger, and tweeter.
This man is a Canadian national treasure. He’s been around for a long time, but he still cracks me up whenever he guests on a talk show.
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci
You might recognize Riki Lindhome from The Last House on the Left, and Kate Micucci from her work on Scrubs. But together they form the excellent musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates.
Do you enjoy humor featuring graphs, charts, and palindromes? Yeah, I probably would have said no, too, before seeing Demetri Martin’s act. He’s often compared to Steven Wright, but he has his own thing going on.