I'm not well versed on the topic of American stand-up comedians, rarely it is possible for a Polish guy to relate or 'get' some of the topics involved, so don't lynch me if what I'm about to write has been written thousands of times before and/or is considered heresy (if you believe Patton is the comedian in his own right) BUT, having just found out about him through Cracked, and having just listened to his 'Werewolves and Lollipops' album this is what I gathered - damn does he project Bill Hicks well. Same 'left of the center-ism', same anti-mainstream rage, hell, even their voices are somewhat similar.
"Hey KFC I really love your food." "PROVE IT BY BURNING YOURSELF!" I laughed soooo damn hard at that entire bit when I first listened to it. I even thought of it the next day and randomly started laughing.
"Hey KFC I really love your food."
"PROVE IT BY BURNING YOURSELF!"
I laughed soooo damn hard at that entire bit when I first listened to it. I even thought of it the next day at work and randomly started laughing.
My favorite comedian of all time. Seriously, I can't count the number of times I've been in public places, listening to a Patton album with headphones and burst out laughing uncontrollably. It's an easy way to convince those that you surround you that you are in-fucking-sane, as they assume I'm listening to music. Very few comedians make me "LOL" as they say in the parlance of our time, more inside chuckling, I can't help it with Patton. Of course, the new album is brilliant as well.
I love Patton to death, but the fact of the matter is, Louis CK is the best comedian because he has more all-encompassing material. Patton's material has a lot of pop culture reliance, which is great, but it doesn't have the same reach that Louis has.
DontBanJoey, it's true. Louis and David are my two other favorite comedians, but they don't ever make me laugh out loud when I'm by myself like Patton does, which is a rare thing. My number one vote for someone as purely funny, who does comedy for the sake of going for the hugest laugh, I'd say Eugene Mirman. His stuff is so absurd that you almost get high. But yeah. Patton has this gift. Carlos Alazraqui called him the Mozart of stand-up.
DontBanJoey: This is a longshot (depending on your comedic tastes), but Kathleen Madigan might interest you. She's not really like Patton, but she follows the whole "rant about bullshit in the world/personal life" route. Patton's more about humorous stories than he is about ranting, so.. but still. Someone like Patton? Haven't really found one yet.
Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Bill Burr, Lewis Black, Doug Stanhope, Marc Maron, Joe Rogan, Kyle Kinane, Anthony Jeselnik, Mitch Hedberg, Stewart Lee, Brendon Burns, Mike DeStafano, just to name my personal favorites who i think are just as funny, but more brutal, as i like it :) Nothing wrong with Louis C.K. and Cross though.