Posted on 04 May 2010.
These legends will go down in history as some of the best and will continue to inspire and set standards for new comedians.
1. Woody Allen
It has been said that Woody Allen had the best material till date and even though his career as a stand-up comedian was short-lived, it goes without saying that he added panache to the profession and sent out the message that even those comedians that were not too polished could face the audience without getting nervous. He will be remembered for The Tale of The Moose.
2. Shelley Berman
Shelley Berman acted out phone call scenes which made him unique and different from the rest. He always had a great rapport with the audience and brought up such issues that would irritate them but make them laugh at the same time. Morning After The Night is one act which will always be associated with Berman.
3. Lenny Bruce
Even though his acts were considered to be quite explicit, they were quite clean in actuality. Lenny Bruce was creative and courageous and was unafraid to target such issues that were untouched at the time. Even though Bruce has passed away, he will be remembered by those who laughed during his acts.
4. George Carlin
Because Lenny Bruce was not as appreciated as one would think; George Carlin was described to be like him, but funny. The way Carlin went through his act made the entire process seem easy. Even though he said he was going through a mid-life crisis at one point, he was still hilarious.
5. Bill Cosby
If George Carlin made the profession seem easy; Bill Cosby made it look like cake walk. What he did was chat with the audience in the beginning and then start on the material he had prepared. The transition was so swift and quick that the audience never picked up on it. Needless to say, they never will.