This is Don, I saw you lecture once on an altar in Ohio, well done. What performers have influenced you outside of magic?
P.S. Have you seen Clerks 2?
It is really good to hear from you. (Give me a yell sometime...) Ah yes, my sermon on mentalism in Ohio. I remember it well...
As for influences, you must remember me talking about Lenny Bruce (when we were sitting in the pews) since that is the title that you used for this thread. For me, he was one of the big ones when it comes to comedians--and social figures. Lenny was a great tragic figure; brilliant, yet terribly flawed.
Other comedians that have also meant a lot to me include:
George Carlin. I have been a big fan for a long time. One of my happiest memories is when I took my my daughter (who is 20) to see Carlin for the first time. I think she was about 13 then. (We have a pretty hardcore first amendment home.) Talk about a rite of passage.
Martin Mull. By far, the funniest live performance that I have ever seen. Great stage presence and excellent characterization--he simply took control of the room at the beginning of the night, and he never let up. Every performer on the planet should have seen him work.
Steve Martin. Man, if you can, get his new book (Born Standing Up -- A Comic's Life). And, if you can, also find a copy of his most recent interview on The Charlie Rose Show. He was talking about how, many years ago, he tried to figure out what made him laugh the hardest. (The answer is one single word--but I won't say what it is.) Once he realized what it was, he decided to create his act around it. Brilliant.
Woody Allen. A great filmmaker, and a great stand-up comedian. Great structure. Woody knows how to tell a story, and that is what most of show business is all about.
Andy Kaufman. Man, there is just too much to say. I remember the Friday's incident like it was yesterday. It was all over the place, and it was great. He was a genius, and I just hope that he was aware of that fact.
There are a ton more...but I will stop there.
So that we can tie all of this together, I was asked about influences a little earlier. If you would like, you can go here to see what I said about folks other than comedians.
And finally, yes I have seen Clerks 2. In my opinion, it is Kevin's second best film.
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Rick, you really should see John Pinette if you get a chance. Believe it or not but I have started doing stand-up myself. Another guy who is really good live is Micheal Winslow. I took my wife to see both Pinette and Winslow and she laughed through the entire show. For my money, I never cared for Woody Allen even before the scandal. I just never enjoyed his character, but I have never seen him do stand-up.
I just wish I could have seen Richard Jeni or Richard Pryor. Either one.
And Kinison too.
For me Lenny Bruce stood head and shoulders above the rest. Currently I like Criss Rock
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