Stand-up comedy is the cruelest of all the forms which comedy has to offer. It is also tough business to become a part of. Usually, you either hit the stage to perform, start writing or you do both. It can be very difficult to be a stand-up comedian. Stand-up comedy requires the right mixture of timing, writing and delivery, and if you add tough crowd then you can see why being a stand-up comedian is not an easy job to do. However, if you are exceptionally gifted as the following 5 people, you shouldn’t have any problems at all.
Lenny Bruce was the stand-up comedian who took comedy to another level. Not only that Bruce touched on controversial subjects – he was, in fact, controversy. Some very raw and real emotions came from that controversy, which at that time, America wasn’t ready to deal with quite yet. Lenny Bruce had a great determination. He took comedy to another level and led future generations into a place where comedians doesn’t have to worry about offending the masses. Something that he was unable to enjoy during his tumultuous and brief career.
Back in the day, Eddie Murphy was the funniest person in the world. He killed in films, he killed on SNL, and still found time to kill on stage. Murphy was skilled at impersonations and always found a way to work them into his routine. He was hilarious, talented and ready for the stage at the age of 18. It is a shame that people today know Eddie Murphy only as a doctor guy who can talk to animals.
Although, he looked like a homeless hippie, George Carlin spoke like educated prophet of a doomed future. He used to take small things in our lives and explain how those things would end up coming back to destroy our civilization. Carlin was eternal pessimist, who had some deeper understanding of the dark side of humanity. Death was at every corner. Religion was decaying our society. A lot of people were killed in wars for no good reason. He was a league for himself.
Richard Pryor fed off hotbed issues such as personal demons and race relations. There were no limits for Pryor and for that reason he got huge laughs on stage. However, it was often at the cost of his personal life. Richard was married seven times, had some pretty stories and had no problem telling them in public. Pryor is probably one of the best comedians to ever set foot on a stage. He will be remembered as one of the greatest comedy minds of all-time.
Bill Hicks was the most ingenious and profound comedian in the world. He was a vicious satirist who attacked his audience for being tied by pointless rules and consumerism. Hicks wanted to free society based on money and create the society based on compassion and love. In his opinion, religion was a corporation which blocked people from reaching their maximum potential, music was about your heart and not about your bank account, and illegal drugs were fully experienced for better understanding for your mind and the possibilities around you.