For some reason, I’ve been watching a lot of stand up comedy these past few weeks – from the Bill Bailey Limboland that was on BBC last night, some Billy Connolly, some Eddie Izzard, some Dave Allen…….
Even though I’ve seen some of these multiple times, they still bring me great pleasure and some still have me in tears of laughter every time. It seems to be an art form that has always been there and whilst the formats may change over the years (from shaggy dog stories to one liners and back again) the fundamentals still remain solid – just someone with an great ability to make us laugh through their words.
I’ve seen many comedians over the years, both on TV and live – I spent many a summer from Uni and the years after going to the Edinburgh festival (my parents moved there when I went to Uni and so had free accommodation) and was lucky to see many of those that became stars later in their early incarnations – Eddie Izzard, Frank Skinner, Paul Merton to name but a few…..
I guess the one I come back to most is Billy Connolly even though I probably know most of the routines off by hearts. Unfortunately, he is one of the few that I have never managed to see live.
We’ve had our many lists in the past and discussed the best comedy movies and comedy TV series, so how about pure stand up. What tickles your fancy……?