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23-05-2020, 20:05   #1
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The comedy genius.

The lockdown has given me an opportunity to catch up on some TV shows I haven’t watched over the years, despite them being recommended to me. I never really got into the whole boxset ‘binging’ thing, and it seemed like a bit of a waste of time to be honest. I’m the sort who would prefer to read the classics instead of staring gormlessly at a screen watching the latest dross that Netflix have released.

However, I’ve just finished watching Veep. The phrase comedy genius is overused, but can there be any doubt that Armando Iannucci is indeed fully deserving of the title? The writer of such comedy classics as The Day Today, I’m Alan Partridge, The Thick of It, The Death of Stalin etc.

Is there anyone else you feel is deserving of the comedy genius title? I’ve scanned threads in AH that relate to comedy, and find they always seem to be bad tempered affairs where desperately unfunny men give out about comedians and comedy, so I’m hoping this thread doesn’t follow the same route. Preferably modern comedy geniuses, as otherwise we get the Steptoe and Son, Dave Allen, Two Ronnies, P.G Wodehouse sorts putting in their false teeth and waxing lyrical about the ‘good old days’.

I’m also well aware that I’ve a magnificent sense of humour (and am quite the gifted mimic in real life), but I don’t feel I deserve the title of comedy genius. So no need to flatter me unnecessarily.

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I reckon The Viper’s is Ireland’s pre-eminent comic genius at the moment. My son introduced me to his streams a few months ago and I have to say The Viper blows that pseudo intellectual fraud Blindboy Boatclub out of the water. The Viper strikes me as a very smart man pretending to be stupid and Blindboy is the exact opposite.
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I’m the sort who would prefer to read the classics instead of stating gormlessly at a screen watching the latest dross that Netflix have released.

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I’m also well aware that I’ve a magnificent sense of humour (and am quite the gifted mimic in real life), but I don’t feel I deserve the title of comedy genius. So no need to flatter me unnecessarily.

You do unintentional comedy well at least.
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I reckon The Viper’s is Ireland’s pre-eminent comic genius at the moment.
Yeah, that ‘Hardy Bucks’ was good alright but I think Tony Cantwell, The Fresh Prince of Hilar, would have him beat for the “crown“ of current top Irish comedian.
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Yeah, that ‘Hardy Bucks’ was good alright but I think Tony Cantwell, The Fresh Prince of Hilar, would have him beat for the “crown“ of current top Irish comedian.
His later stuff is way better than Hardy Bucks.
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But if we’re talking modern “comedy genius” you’d have to consider people like Dave Chappelle, Larry David, Sacha Baron Cohen, Dylan Moran, Rhod Gilbert, Limmy, Tina Fey, Steve Coogan and a few others to go along with Iannucci.

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His later stuff is way better than Hardy Bucks.
Like that ‘Republic of Telly’?
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Like that ‘Republic of Telly’?
He does live streams and was doing some stuff for RT. I wouldn’t call him a comedy genius though.
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If we're talking tv shows/sitcoms then Ianucci is hard to beat. Veep is sublime, albeit i wasnt mad about last series and his latest with Hugh Laurie isnt his best either. I would have both Ben Elton and Gervais up there too, as writers. Probably a lot of other good ones i wouldnt even know.
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If I had candidates for the title of comedy genius then four of them are in this clip together at the same time, below.

norton, cumia, louis ck and patrice, at the same time. the dream team.

honorable mentions for burr, stanhope, larry david, chris rock, dave chappelle.

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He does live streams and was doing some stuff for RT. I wouldn’t call him a comedy genius though.
The ‘Sherlock’ spoof on that ‘Republic of Telly’ was very funny.
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If I had candidates for the title of comedy genius then four of them are in this clip together at the same time, below.

norton, cumia, louis ck and patrice, at the same time. the dream team.

honorable mentions for burr, stanhope, larry david, chris rock, dave chappelle.

Didn't Louis CK masturbate in front of children? I wouldn't be including him in any hall of fame to be honest.
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