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Question #45233 posted on 05/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who are your favorite stand up comedians?

- Curious, who is partial to Demetri Martin and Gabriel Iglesias

A: Dear Curious,

Bill Cosby. Hands down. He may be old school, but oh does he make me laugh.

A: Dear Curious,

I will second Bill Cosby. His Noah's Ark bit is priceless. Others I enjoy are Mitch Hedberg (Dufrane, party of four?), Jim Gaffigan, Ellen Degeneres and Steve Martin. Brian Regan gets quoted at my house constantly. I've heard B.J. Novak (Ryan from The Office) does great stand-up as well. (Weird side note: As a result of this question, I now have the "I Love to Laugh" song from Mary Poppins stuck in my head.)

A: Dear Curious,

BILL COSBY! I saw him perform live a couple weeks ago and it was a delight. I absolutely love his narrative style of stand up comedy. It is so much better than the observational comedy of the nineties (which only Seinfeld did really well) and the shock comedy which was common at the turn of the century (I couldn't say what is the big trend now...). Bill Cosby will always be the king of stand up comedy in my book.

-Humble Master
A: Dear little monkey,

I'll second Bill Cosby, Ellen, Brian Regan, your mention of Dmitri Martin (sometimes you do it for fun and sometimes you do it to not die), and add Flight of the Conchords (particularly "Jenny", "Albi" and "Issues" ... not all the rest of them are particularly clean, so be judicious).

Oh, I guess he's not really a stand-up comedian (just a regular funny guy), but check out Pat McManus.