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

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  1. sahhas

    sahhas Supporting Member

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    Martin’s astandup was big in the 70s, 80s he was doing more movies.
    I think it’s hard to say “ best”, there were a lot of funny folks working:
    Pryor, Martin, Carlin...
    Robin Williams had his big start in the 70s, and was a force.

     
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    That’s a good list. P Diller and Rivers were both very funny!!!
    And I think Redd Fox too, it’s amazing to see Sanford and son on TV, he was so funny on that...
    Johnathon Winters was still working, but he was probably more from the 60s in his popularity

     
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    Carlin for me though i did love Cheech and Chong back then as well.
     
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    Pryor, Carlin.

    Not seventies but no one touches Lenny Bruce.
     
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    Thanks Jim!

    this clip cannot be described with mere words.......
     
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    Never heard of him, will check him out
     
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    Archie bunker.
    Dont know how he was able to pull off what he did and keep a straight face.

    Rodney. But maybe he was more 80s?
     
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    George Carlin.
     
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    Geeze how did I forget George Carlin. Although most of my fav stuff was 80s. Robin Williams was also pretty damn funny back in the day when he did stand up.
     
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    You’re right. RW had a very unique style unlike anyone before or since. Just hilarious.

    I saw what I believe was his last standup special...and it was kind of sad, because he just wasn’t funny. In retrospect I wonder how much his mental state affected his comedic performance.
     
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    I don’t think I saw anyone mention Freddie Prinze. Maybe not the greatest comedian of the ‘70’s but it’s hard to deny his impact considering his short career.
     
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    Without Carlin there might not've been a Hicks, Stanhope, Hedberg, or Burr...
     
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    Carlin, Pryor, Cheech & Chong, Bob Hope, Don Rickles. So many more very talented comedians of the 70’s
     
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    I think this is the last best bit from Carlin, his piece on the Modern Man, not just some gibberish strung together - none of this "oh, grandpa, that's not what Woke means" stuff, either, every reference makes sense and is used properly. This man saw the world around him, understood it, and showed it back to us. More primitive cultures might have called him a Shaman more so than a Jester:

     
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    Carlin for me. No contest.
    Same answer for the 80s also.
     
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    I believe you, but my memory says he had mentally checked out before ‘81. And it was the right decision.

    It would have been hard to top the rock star-like status he achieved in the 70s. It’s hard to imagine a standup guy playing bigger venues than he did at his peak.

    Plus, I think his success largely hinged on the audience believing he WAS that demented guy he portrayed onstage. He never broke character, not in interviews, not even while guest hosting The Tonight Show. Impossible to keep up, especially given that he wanted to go on to other things.
     
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    There's a great conversation about Martin's decision to quit stand up in his episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
     
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    Don Rickles
     
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