Five and Out 147: Stand-Up Specials


This week Wes and Steve discuss more XCOM: The Long War, Wes went to an escape room, and our Top 5 Stand-Up Specials. Enjoy!

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  1. Great Top 5 this week. This took me a bit of thought.

    Honorable Mention. Any George Carlin HBO stand up. I couldn’t narrow it down enough to include him on my list. He is one of the most influential comedians ever.

    5. Anziz Ansari – Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening. His energy is infectious here. Though I think his later specials are more polished, his first outing, other than the awful end bit, is the funniest. Recommended bit: My Cousin Harris.

    4. Patrice O’Neal – Elephant in the Room/HBO Comedy Half Hour. A bittersweet pick that shows how brilliant a comedian he was, but at the same time really makes his unexpected death more tragic. I definitely recommend his HBO special. There’s a moment where he tells a joke that turns the women in the audience against him and his way of twisting the knife even deeper is amazing.

    3. Eddie Izzard – Dress To Kill. Much like the Dana Carvey pick, I feel like those who get reference from this are instantly kindred spirits. Certainly those who appreciate history will get a kick out of it. Recommended bit: “Do you have a flag” or “Cake or death”.

    2. Richard Pryor – Live on the Sunset Strip. Pryor’s genius is on full display here. Capped with a touching a poignant moment about his trip to Africa Recommend bit: The Freebasing Incident.

    1. Eddie Murphy – Delirious/Raw. They blend together in my mind but both are great examples as to why Eddie was such a big star in the 80s. His story telling and impersonations are some of the best. Recommended bit: The stories of his dad.

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