He talked about the satisfaction of doing well. An off-camera voice asked if it was easier now that he was established. "No," he said. He explained that reputation might buy you a minute, maybe two, but if you're not on the audience will feel it and let you know. No matter who you are.
I have no idea why I was thinking about this today, other than the fact that I was surprised and impressed with his introspection and desire to keep going out there and killing 'em. But think about it I did and it made me realize how impressive a great comedy album is. Then I started to think about my favorite comedy albums. And, in no particular order, here they are:
- Bill Cosby-Himself
- George Carlin-Just about anything, but I've always enjoyed What the Hell am I Doing in New Jersey
- Sam Kinison-Louder Than Hell
- Chris Rock-Bigger & Blacker
- Robin Williams-Live at the Met
- Eddie Murphy-Delirious
- Rodney Dangerfield-No Respect
- Bob Newhart-the Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Honorable mention goes to Andrew Dice Clay's Dice. Yeah, he turned out to be a one-hit wonder that stayed around a lot longer than he needed to and yeah most of the material is misogynistic and offensive but, at the time (and I was about 14 or 15) it was funny as hell.
By the way, offensive isn't necessarily a bad thing if it's funny. And the funny means it stands the test of time. I don't think Dice's album does that. If I were to hear it now and laught, it would be more out of nostalgia than the true funniness of the material.