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They couldn't put one quote up here from my act?
September 23, 2013 1:04 PM   Subscribe

Set List is a live show where "the world’s top comedians get a never-before seen “set list” of bizarre, outrageous, and ridiculous topics as the audience follows along on the screen behind the performer." Edited highlights of this combination of improv and stand-up have just started to be posted on the Nerdist's Youtube channel. Including sets by:

Jackie Kashian
Neil Hamburger
Robin Williams
Todd Glass
Mark Wahlberg (not really)
Byron Bowers
Drew Carey
Dana Gould
Kira Soltanovich
TJ Miller
Andi Osho
John Dore
Moshe Kasher
Kurt Braunohler
Bob Odenkirk

Hosted by Paul Provenza Director of The Aristocrats
posted by Potomac Avenue (20 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
Warning: Many of the jokes are excessively NSFW
Further Warning: Todd Glass video contains Excessive Digressions
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:09 PM on September 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


God the Internet has broken my brain. Read the post title initially as "They couldn't put one quote up here from my cat?"

Worse, nothing about that idea raised any red flags for me, and it took some time to figure out why the rest of the post wasn't really coalescing the way I expected it to.
posted by Naberius at 1:12 PM on September 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Further Warning: Todd Glass video contains Excessive Digressions

That warning applies to every Todd Glass appearance. If you make a commitment to listen to his podcast, you'd better get ready to hear him and Daniel Kinno argue about how much water is in a cup of beer.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 1:18 PM on September 23, 2013


I've seen this show live a number of times and I've found it to be the most extreme example of hit-or-miss comedy ever. My problem with that is the jokes that hit aren't any better than pre-written jokes that hit, there are just less of them.
posted by dogwalker at 1:27 PM on September 23, 2013


My problem with that is the jokes that hit aren't any better than pre-written jokes that hit, there are just less of them.

It doesn't seem to me like this is really about Making Amazing Jokes- it's about Making Jokes Under Pressure.
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:36 PM on September 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Try listening to these to a background noise of wind blowing across a bleak landscape.

I'm not trying to make a point - I just happened to have Skyrim minimised. But it adds something wonderfully poignant to the lukewarm applause.
posted by pipeski at 1:39 PM on September 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


Dana Gould's "Star Wars" set is unbelievable. His Larry King Game riffs from Kevin Pollak's show are even better.
posted by GamblingBlues at 1:44 PM on September 23, 2013


Not surprised to see that Robin Williams' clip was pretty good.
posted by jquinby at 1:51 PM on September 23, 2013


It's funny how few people have both the standup and improv chops to knock this format out of the park. (Has Greg Proops ever done one? Seems to me like he'd kill.)
posted by Etrigan at 1:51 PM on September 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


My personal favorite is probably TJ Miller's cuz just the sound of his voice is so stupid I laugh at everything he says.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:53 PM on September 23, 2013


Williams' first gag (the slight hand raise) for the dictator prompt was genius. (Everything else was OK, typical Williams' exaggerated voices stuff.)
posted by oddman at 1:57 PM on September 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


(I thought his "Nowhere Man" reference during Introvert Dictator was kind of subtle and kind of genius)
posted by JoeZydeco at 2:14 PM on September 23, 2013


For anyone else like me who was excited that it was a reference to the 90's Bruce Greenwood TV series Nowhere Man: nope, it's the other one.
posted by jason_steakums at 2:22 PM on September 23, 2013


I wish Jonathan Winters was still alive to do this.
posted by nestor_makhno at 2:57 PM on September 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


It doesn't seem to me like this is really about Making Amazing Jokes- it's about Making Jokes Under Pressure.

I'd say that's true, but when they edit the sets as heavily as they are doing, it sorta stops coming off that way. I understand they're not really gonna release the whole unedited set because there's a lot of fumbles, but then I guess it just doesn't work 100% out of a live context for me.
posted by dogwalker at 4:20 PM on September 23, 2013


Just for kicks, I'm going to watch all of these once through with the sound off, to note the topics and see how many jokes I can come up with on my own, then watch them again to compare my efforts to those of the comics. I don't expect to come off well in the comparison, but it'll be fun anyway.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:24 PM on September 23, 2013


I tried that while looking into a mirror but things got sexual REAL fast.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:58 PM on September 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Your point is...?
posted by Greg_Ace at 5:46 PM on September 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


I wish Jonathan Winters was still alive to do this.

Indeed...
posted by jim in austin at 7:28 PM on September 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


And Drew Carey's confirmed my suspicion that he just isn't very funny, but had one really great idea that worked for a series.

Seriously, he bombs.
posted by IAmBroom at 2:56 PM on October 5, 2013


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