Mitch Hedberg, Five Minute Special
Were he not so cruelly snatched from us in 1980, Alfred Hitchcock – officially our number one film director – would be turning a very admirable 109 today. As it is, he was snaffled by the dreaded renal failure, cremated, and his ashes were then chucked into the Pacific Ocean. Yeah, he’s pretty much gone alright. Even so, we thought we’d honour the great man with a gift, so we crept into a graveyard in the middle of the night, sniffed a little glue, threw back some scrumpy, and recorded ideas into a tape recorder, then played them back at half the speed. From what we can make out, it boiled down to a toss up between some really brilliant socks, or a clip of Mitch Hedberg – our favourite stand up of the moment, who also happens to be dead. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!
Weirdly, no room for this guy…
One thing we’re in love with over at Interestment HQ is stand up comedy. In fact, we can be pretty specific about who we like and who we don’t. Carr, above, is none too popular unfortunately, mainly for failing what we call the sitting-opposite-you-at-work test. A day or so of his relentless sarcasm would be fine, but day after day after day of his bulbous eyes scrutinising your every action? He’d be dead within a week. It’s a sorry truth, Jimmy. Ideal desk mates would be the late George Carlin, a young Steve Martin, and possibly Jerry Seinfeld. All comics from the olden days. But which of today’s crop would we go for? Here’s the four that made the list…
1. Tom Stade
We don’t know a great deal about this Tom Stade guy, aside from that whenever we’ve seen him perform, it’s been massive laughs from the gut every single damn time. He’s a Canadian gentleman who now lives over here, and apparently he once braved the violent world of Afghanistan just to give the troops something to laugh at. That makes him a giving comedian. We like that.
2. Zach Galifianakis
We’re not ashamed to board big trendy bandwagons, which is why we’re totally comfortable declaring that this man is our second favourite working comedian. By far the best thing in The Hangover, he also stars in our number one sketch show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and he’s one heck of a stand up to boot. Plus he has a beard, and beards are good. They make you look manly yet wolf-like.
3. Stewart Lee
The only Englishman on the list, and not surprisingly, which is unfortunate. His recent TV show was enormously disappointing, mainly due to some pretty appalling sketches, straddled by the fact that stand up doesn’t always translate on television. It just didn’t work. Even so, when he gets it right, he’s probably one of the best around, so he walked into our top four. Absolutely walked it. We also quite like his friend Herring. Just not as much.
4. David Cross
Fans of the brilliant Arrested Development – officially our second favourite US sitcom – will know this guy as Tobias. He’s fantastic in the show, and possibly even better as a live stand up. And even though he can be a little right-on liberal at times, we totally forgive him… mainly because we can be a bit right on liberal an’ all from time to time! Result! A fine comic indeed, he just keeps Demetri Martin off the list.
We LOVE this man
We are, shamefully, the kind of people who stand gormlessly at the side of the road when bandwagons zoom past. It’s not that we don’t want to jump on them, it’s just that we’re way too busy trundling along on another bandwagon from a few years ago. To put things in perspective, we still dream about throwing Acid Jazz parties in back street warehouses. We’re roughly twenty years off. But we’re trying to rectify this, hence the enlistment of lovely Interestment friends, relatives, and lovers who know all about cool things like fashion, music, sport, cookery, films, sexiness and comedy.
Today, however, we’re pretty hip and on it, as we mount a very current bandwagon, to tip a gigantic cap to the comedy of Zach Galifianakis from The Hangover – which, by the way, you should see. He’s our number one funny man at the moment, and if you want to know why, just tell the boss that you won’t be available to work for the next half an hour, watch the below clips, and laugh your goddamn balls off. Or your tits if you’re a girl.
Zach Galifianakis, stand up, part one…
Zach Galifianakis, stand up, part two…
Garry Shandling, Stand Up
Jerry Stiller, father of Ben, turns a whopping 82 today. He’s had quite a life. As mentioned, he sired Ben Stiller – a man who still has it in him to be funny, he just needs to step away from the Gervais – he’s also played Frank to George Constanza in Seinfeld, making up probably the best sitcom father/son pairing of all time. And that includes David Schwimmer and Elliott Gould in Friends. Hence, we knew we simply had to buy him a gift. We sat on a tube, talking loudly across a carriage, discussing what to get the man who has everything, before it boiled down to a toss up between a DVD of Ricky Gervais delivering a very boring lecture about animals, or a clip of an actual stand up comic being funny, even though he’s not Ricky Gervais. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Jerry!
Jerry Seinfeld Stand-up in New York
Boy, what a day for birthdays – it’s off the hook! Great tennis athlete Andre Agassi, beauties Uma Thurman and Michelle Pfeiffer, the amazing Daniel Day-Lewis, our fifth favourite actor of all time. Only one man could trump such a marvelous group, and that man is Jerry Seinfeld – creator of the second greatest TV show ever, Seinfeld. He’s had one heck of a ride, as he turns a very demure 55. He’s sat in coffee shops, he’s wrestled bread from the arms of old women, he’s been there, touched that, jiggled those, and licked them. What a guy. Hence we had to get him a present. After a furious debate in the middle of Topshop, it boiled down to a toss up between a teaspoon with a picture of a funny dog on it, or a clip of his very own stand-up routine. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Jerry Seinfeld!