Friday, February 16, 2007

JOHN CLEESE, ANDY KAUFMAN, SAM KINISON



I'm probably overdoing this YouTube thing. After all, people don't need me to look up comedy shorts. I did it because I was having such a blast watching these films that I just had to share them with someone. Anyway, here's three more and I'll try to restrain myself after this.




17 comments:

Cayen said...

I love the old Monty Python stuff. It's as close to a cartoon as you can get with a live action performance.

Forbes said...

These clips are funny! Although the Kaufman vid is no longer available. Cleese was a poker faced master of neurosis. I love Faulty Towers too....Great stuff!

Lee said...

Love, love, love John Cleese! Thanks for the nibble!

cableclair said...

Yesssssssssssssssss. This stuff is the best!!! :-D. So much love for comedy. I could spend the rest of my life watching stuff like this and die happy feeling bliss.

Jennifer said...

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! This is great!

IMHO, John Cleese was the most talented of the highly-talented group { although Michael Palin was the sexiest - yum! ;) }. He's great at both physical and verbal comedy.

I also think Andy Kaufman was very underrated, and I think it's because people really didn't understand him. To me, he was ahead of his time. People seem to understand performance comedy more today than they did during his time.

Sam Kinison was great, too. Absolutely insane!

Lester Hunt said...
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Lester Hunt said...

Sam Kinison: The Dionysian backlash against an over-moralized civilization.

Charlie J. said...

hey Eddie,
did you know Don Martin did a Miles Davis album cover?

http://www.collectmad.com/madcoversite/miles_davis_horns.gif

Jeff Koval said...

Ah, the Cleese/Chapman writing team was the best. Can't beat "Flying Lessons" with Graham and Terry Jones.

Soos said...

Uncle Eddie, I love the clips you post! You can post YouTube embeds from here to perdition ;)

Sean Worsham said...

Great stuff (although the Kaffman link is down it's his famous Mighty Mouse record song break bit :)). I used to imitate Sam when I was young, in some ways I imitate him still when I yell in peoples' faces for fun (usually to get a snicker out of their face).

Your newest post shows great examples of verbally-based comedians while your other one (Lewis, Fields and Carrey) are the best examples of Physical.

Great research Eddie! I also got to see the Fields clip finally and will try to rent some of his movies soon to check out the genius that is WC FIELDS!

-Cheers

Steve said...

Ah the great Cleese, King of the Silly Walk.

Hey Eddie, a while back you mentioned wanting to do a podcast. I'm also a novice on the subject but just found this link you may want to check: Wirecast In addition to video, it also does chroma key. This other Cali babe (with a C) uses it for her site

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Steve: Thanks! I'll look into it!

David Germain said...

the Kaufman vid is no longer available.

That's alright, I've got it on DVD. B)

It can be found on the SNL Season 1 DVD set. Although Kaufman is most famous for the Mighty Mouse routine, I think the funniest thing he did that season was when he had audience members come up and sing Old MacDonald with him. The terrified/joyful looks on their faces is priceless.

Oh yeah, John Cleese is a genius and I still miss Sam Kinison.

Anonymous said...

Hate to throw a wet blanket, but which clip is that Cleese? I'm not on broadband at the moment, so I can't see for myself, but I probably have the bit at arms legnth if it is Python.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Anon: The clip was the argument sketch. It's on YouTube!

:: smo :: said...

these clips are all pretty great! i was talking to some friends recently about how in the 40's cartoons, there's prominent caricatures of groucho marx, jimmy durante, we fields...but in modern cartoons it's harder to do that, since there's not as many personality comedians. these guys definitely fit the bill though! animaniacs and tiny toons definitely tried, especially with jerry lewis, but the caricatures were always direct and not inserted into another character. i think the only cartoon i remember really doing that was freakazoid with jerry lewis...something about spielberg and lewis there...

anyway, i really appreciate the great comedy clips! it'd be great to see some of these personalities translated to cartoon characters, that are more than just direct likeness! sorry if this comment makes no sense! ha!