Comedians: Eddie Izzard is the best comedian I've seen live. His material, delivery and general sense of what's funny is right up my alley.
Larry Miller, Kathleen Madigan, Danny Bhoy are all also worth seeking out. Mitch Hedberg was up there, too, but.....
As for music, I was completely blown away by King's X. They opened for Extreme (who are about as good as it gets live in their own right) two tours ago and they were impressive. Another great live act is Lenny Kravitz, altho I haven't seen him since 2000.
Would also recommend the Black Crowes; saw them once opening for Lenny Kravitz and another time playing with Jimmy Page. Holy poop on a stick, awesome show. They made a live CD of that 2-night gig with Page, but apparently he was so wasted on the first night (the night I was there) that almost all the songs are from night 2....
Will add to the chorus for Metallica; there are none better.
Tomas wrote:Has anybody ever seen Maria Bamford live? I liked her Comedy Central 30-minute special, and I saw her on a few Comedians of Comedy programs on Comedy Central. I simply want to know if she has enough funny material to be entertaining as a stand-up headliner.
I have not seen her live, but from what I gather from folks who have is that she's a riot if you go in for her eclectic character-driven style. (which I do) Very much a male Zach Galifanakis, but less musical. Maybe not quite
a headliner, but she can do a solid 30-45 minutes or so.
jaysmiter wrote:I don't think Saget is funny at all and I think he uses vulgarity as a crutch because of the roles he's had.
Saget had been doing stand up for several years before he was cast as Danny Tanner or landed America's Funniest Home Videos, and the general theme of his material hasn't changed over the years. That was part of what was so funny about his TV career; it was a bit of a joke even seeing him those roles for people who knew his stand up material (and I mean ha-ha joke, not how-lame-is-that joke). If you haven't seen it, seek out "The Aristocrats" - his telling of the joke is among the best in the movie ("...that
popped..."), and it's very much in line with what he has been doing his whole stand up career.