Who was the funniest stand up comedian of the 1970s ?

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  1. Telejester

    Telejester Member

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    In the 70s the political correctness and everything offends somebody mentality that has somewhat nutured stand up comedy these days didn't exist. So which stand up comedians from that decade do you think truly shone. ?

    I admit I love listening to 70s recordings of Richard Pryor and the laughing tears have streamed down my face. Looking forward to checking out suggestions made.

    In UK 70s Billy Connolly was truly a comedian to behold.
     
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    Richard Pryor for me.
     
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    Surely he is 80s , apologies if I'm wrong.
     
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    Really depends on personal preference for comedy style. Richard Pryor if you liked a "blue" comedian or Rodney Dangerfield if you wanted something a bit cleaner.
    Personally, Pryor is tops in the 70's for me. Don Rickles and Redd Foxx are up there as well.
     
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    No actually his stand up peak was the 70’s. He became a movie star in the 80’s.

    First album I ever bought as a kid - Steve Martin “Wild and Crazy Guy”.
     
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    Richard Pryor
    George Carlin
     
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    Steve Martin retired from stand up comedy in 1981.
     
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    I can't think of another that comes close. The two true heirs of Lenny Bruce.
     
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    I bet there's a name that wouldn't get mentioned if I didn't bring him up.

    Bill Cosby.
     
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    It's really hard for me to choose between Pryor and Carlin. I find both equally funny but in different ways. Pryor was a virtuoso performer as a comic in ways that I don't think Carlin could match, but with Carlin I could crack up just reading a transcription of his routines.

    Since we're on the subject of 70s comedians, does anyone remember a female standup comedian from the era who used "forget you" as a signature catchphrase? I remember her popping up on variety shows but have no idea what her name was,
     
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    How about

    Andy Kaufman
    David Steinberg
    Robert Klein
    Lily Tomlin

    (if comedian isn't limited to stand up)

    Carol Burnett
     
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    70s Carlin is very, very different from later Carlin. I absolutely love to death his Little David albums. All the intelligence and insight and wit is there, the gonzo performances, but there is a warmth and vulnerability that is totally gone in his later period, where, in my opinion it crosses the line from comedy to misanthropic ranting.

    The paradox is that he came off warm and personable when he was whacked out of his mind on coke. When he cleaned up he got really mean.
     
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    Robert Klein did pretty great standup in the 70s. Andy Kaufman and Albert Brooks were turning the standup situation into opportunities for conceptual surrealism.
     
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    Yes, I realize this clip isn't from the 70's.....I just ran across it.

    And, I took the OP as meaning stand up. There are a dozen comic actors from the 70's who I find very, very, funny.
     
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    This is the Carlin I love (1973):

     
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    I did mean stand up.
     
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    Carlin, by a wide margin, and I like them all. But George was the best writer and cultural observer and therefore the best comic amongst them.

    His later stuff wasn't "misanthropic ranting", it was real, and more funny for it.
     

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