Sunday, March 15, 2015

Episode 21: Seinfeld, Rivers, Chappelle, et al. - A Radio Laughingstock Experience

It's been said that comedy and tragedy occupy obverse sides of the same coin. Fitting, then, that we should take on a survey of stand-up comedy over the past three decades or so, seeing how our focus at The Bare Knuckle is so often on the darker world of terrifying fiction.

The long and short of it is that we've put together a laugh riot for you with our very first Radio Laughingstock episode, so make sure you're buckled in tight as your host, Pete Mesling, takes you on a tour of the comedy landscape of yesterday and today. You won't agree with all of his assessments, but you're likely to laugh at all the right moments.

You'll want to be prepared for some coarse language this time around, incidentally. Many styles of comedy are represented, and that includes the raunchy and off-color as well as the clean and family friendly. This one's not for the kiddos.

Obviously, it's not possible to include everything worthy of consideration in a single episode, so the comics you'll hear from in episode 21 have been selected from a much larger preliminary list. Here, in fact, is that list, which Mesling has chiseled away at to reveal the angel in the marble ...

Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Dave Chappelle, Bill Hicks, Joan Rivers, David Brenner, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Paul Provenza, Tom Dreeson, Jim Gaffigan, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Mitch Hedberg, Maria Bamford, Louis C. K., Chris Porter, Jay Leno, Doug Stanhope, Chris Rock, Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry, David Cross, Sarah Silverman, Don Rickles, Henny Youngman, Jon Stewart, Red Foxx, Peter Kay, Robert Klein, Bill Maher, Jimmy Walker, Denis Leary, Alan King, Shelley Berman, Jeff Foxworthy, Greg Giraldo, Andy Kaufman, Tommy Cooper, Dick Shawn, David Steinberg, Ricky Gervais, Johnny Carson, Craig Ferguson, Sam Kinison, Sandra Bernhard, Rodney Dangerfield, Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Jimmy Kimmel, Howie Mandel, Richard Lewis, Ellen Degeneres, Freddie Prinze, Louie Anderson, Drew Carey, Steve Martin, Paula Poundstone, Stephen Colbert, Gallagher, Billy Connolly, Kevin Hart, Mel Brooks, George Burns, Jonathan Winters, Bob Hope, Richard Jeni, Tim Allen, Phil Hartman, Dennis Miller, Gilbert Gottfried, The Smothers Brothers, David Letterman

It's also worth mentioning that Mark Malkoff's Carson Podcast figures into this episode, as does The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Carson's influence on the world of stand-up comedy is impossible to overstate, and if you have any interest in learning more about the value of his contribution to the form, consider Malkoff's podcast your Carson 101.

Oh, and as for the eight-minute montage that kicks off the episode, here's the run-down: Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers (1/2), Bill Hicks, Joan Rivers (2/2), Mitch Hedberg, George Carlin, Robin Williams, and Jerry Seinfeld.

There you have it, folks: a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the impetus for The Bare Knuckle's first-ever special devoted to the art of stand-up comedy. Trust us, there's enough fun in store to keep even the most sullen Knucklehead in stitches. So don those headphones and massage those laugh muscles. God knows, you're going to need them.

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