Paul F Tompkins’s top ten stand-up comedians
The dapper US storyteller reveals his favourite comics – with videos
Earlier this year, American nerd-comic Chris Hardwick picked classy US raconteur Paul F Tompkins as one of his ten favourite stand-ups. Well, now we’ve given Tompkins his own chance to choose his top ten. ‘I have excluded many personal friends and colleagues,’ he tells us about his choices, ‘in the hope that I can get some feuds going.’ So, here are his ten favourite stand-ups.
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‘You just want to cuddle him. The last time I saw him live I laughed so much I ended up with a headache.’
‘The epitome of dry. Wise and funny beyond his years.’
‘Few have been as fearless and as unpredictable.’
‘I had the pleasure of watching Tig get huge laughs pushing a stool around on national television. She’s possessed by a serene confidence that makes the audience feel safe.’
‘His characters have one thing in common: a darkness that’s as chilling as it is funny. I could watch him do anything.’
‘Just behind the hilarious voices is a razor-sharp satirical mind waiting to pounce.’
‘Classic American stand-up in its purest form. Eternally relatable, thoroughly enjoyable, and never for a moment mean-spirited.’
‘The restless pioneer. Still edgy, still insightful, still funny.’
‘The master storyteller.’
‘One-man sketch comedy, brilliantly performed. You’ll think you can actually hear the person on the other end of the line.’
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