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April 21, 2014 9:04 AM   Subscribe

Comedians talk about psychedelic drugs:

00:10 - Doug Stanhope
05:07 - Joe Rogan
07:56 - Bill Hicks
13:22 - George Carlin
15:34 - Duncan Trussell
posted by gman (31 comments total) 49 users marked this as a favorite

 
Robin Williams.
posted by chavenet at 9:15 AM on April 21 [2 favorites]


Bonus: melodysheep's big electron.
posted by poe at 9:54 AM on April 21




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posted by cortex at 10:12 AM on April 21 [3 favorites]




Yep.
posted by uraniumwilly at 11:59 AM on April 21


...now, where's my commercial?
posted by Chuffy at 1:14 PM on April 21


A real joke about psychedelics should take an hour or so before you get it, and then you'd smirk a bit cause you kinda got it, and then an hour later ROTFL, but stand-up ain't that patient.
posted by three blind mice at 1:22 PM on April 21 [2 favorites]


Yeah you can take all kinds of drugs if your job is to yell at a crowd of people once a day for 10 or 30 minutes
posted by rubadub at 1:36 PM on April 21 [1 favorite]


...but stand-up ain't that patient.

Maybe no one appreciated Andie Kaufman as they ought've?
posted by mr. digits at 1:55 PM on April 21


Yeah you can take all kinds of drugs if your job is to yell at a crowd of people once a day for 10 or 30 minutes

I assure you that being in court the next morning at 9am or giving a finance pitch the following day doesn't serve as a serious impediment either.
posted by 1adam12 at 2:05 PM on April 21 [5 favorites]


Does Joe Rogan ever not talk about psychedelic drugs? He's like the Tim Leary of the Bro set.

(Disclaimer: I think he's really funny, but jesus, what a bro)
posted by lumpenprole at 2:49 PM on April 21 [1 favorite]


Yeah you can take all kinds of drugs if your job is to yell at a crowd of people once a day for 10 or 30 minutes

Writing comedy is tough work. Being a successful stand-up comedian requires much more time, energy, talent and networking than 10-30 minutes of yelling at people a day. That's why there are so few notable stand-up comedians, and even fewer that have any longevity.
posted by Chuffy at 2:59 PM on April 21 [6 favorites]


And being in court an hour after smoking DMT is doable. Amazing stuff.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 3:00 PM on April 21


I object to Joe Rogan being in a list of 'comedians.'
posted by anothermug at 4:16 PM on April 21


I object to Joe Rogan being in a list of 'comedians.'

Have you heard his standup? You might think he should be shot out of a cannon into a brick wall, and I might not entirely disagree with you, but he's got chops. Saying he's not good at it because he's a jerk, well besides being ad hominem, makes me think you haven't been around a lot of comedians.
posted by lumpenprole at 4:22 PM on April 21


Saying he's not good at it because he's a jerk, well besides being ad hominem, makes me think you haven't been around a lot of comedians.

I didn't mention anything about him being a jerk: my comment was not ad hominem. I have seen lots of standup, including his, and his is poor. Of course, to some extent, this is somewhat subjective, a matter of taste.
posted by anothermug at 4:26 PM on April 21 [1 favorite]


I assure you that being in court the next morning at 9am or giving a finance pitch the following day doesn't serve as a serious impediment either.

Or fixing computers.
posted by empath at 5:46 PM on April 21 [1 favorite]


No, Joe Rogan's standup sucks. His early stuff is all 'men are like this women are like this amirite?' And his recent stuff is all half cocked 18 year old stoner ideas. His most recent special was almost unwatchable.
The fact that he is a jerk makes it even tougher to listen when he tries to tell people what good standup comedy is.
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 7:49 PM on April 21


Yeah you can take all kinds of drugs if your job is to yell at a crowd of people once a day for 10 or 30 minutes

Or if you want to pitch a perfect game of Major League baseball.
posted by scalefree at 8:56 PM on April 21


Yeah you can take all kinds of drugs if your job is to yell at a crowd of people once a day for 10 or 30 minutes.

Or if you want to fly with your parents and sister to Waterski Nationals, and just as the plane levels off you realize Jesus man, we're in a big fucking metal tube hurtling through the air at over 500 miles per hour and 5 miles above the ground. And shit, would you look at those clouds? That one looks like a dog! And that one looks like a snake! And that one looks like Satan coming to eat my soul! And what's up with the geometric pattern on the upholstery of Delta's seats? Seriously, mom, is that wiggling? Is that just me? No, I didn't say that. Wait, did I say that out loud? No, but seriously, this upholstery is really amazing, intricately done. Who comes up with these patterns, anyway? Does Delta just pick out the fabric, or do they commission it? Is it like one person's job or is it a committee? Do they make like a value matrix and rate all of the qualities? Or do they OHHHH SHIT I'M FALLING INTO DELTA UPHOLSTERY PATTERNS I'M GOING TO BE STUCK IN HERE AND NOW IT'S MELTING MELTING MELTING SHIT SATAN CLOUD IS STILL THERE 500 MILES AN HOUR NO MOM I DO NOT WANT ORANGE JUICE THAT WILL JUST MAKE THE SITUATION WORSE SHIT FABRIC CLOUD I HOPE THE PLANE BREAKS APART SOON MAYBE I JUST NEED TO OPEN THE DOOR you know what? We should just get up and go to the bathroom, splash a little water on our face, things are going to be ok. Just gonna walk to the bathroom, down the aisle, not going to look at anyone's face, not making eye contact, nope, because nobody has a face, just a weird gelatinous blob, that baby's blob on its shoulders is kinda funny, and now we hear ourselves laughing out loud and yes, people are staring at the guy laughing in the aisle, but now we're in the bathroom, a little privacy, a little peace of mind, just gonna splash a little water on our face and JESUS FUCKING CHRIST LOOK AT THE MIRROR! MY PORES ARE THE SIZE OF MY FIST. AND THEY'RE OPENING UP AND CLOSING AS I BREATHE! GIANT FIST-SIZED PORES ON MY FACE SUCKING ALL THE AIR ON THE PLANE THROUGH MY SKIN AND I LOOK LIKE A GIANT PUFFER FISH, MY GUTS ARE GOING TO FALL OUT OF MY FACE, FUCK JESUS SATAN I NEED TO GET OUT OF THIS TINY BATHROOM HAS THE BATHROOM GOTTEN SMALLER WHY WON'T THE DOOR OPEN PULLING PULLING PULLING OH YOU PUSH IT NO MA'AM I'M FINE THANK YOU NO I'M GREAT AND I'M LAUGHING AND I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING just going to get back to my seat and look at more Satan clouds.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:29 PM on April 21 [11 favorites]


That was a real bad idea. Not my last bad idea, but a real bad one.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:30 PM on April 21 [1 favorite]


I took acid once when I was a fry cook at a seafood restaurant and let me tell you that deep frying shrimp is not an experience that is enhanced by tripping your balls off.
posted by empath at 9:53 PM on April 21 [4 favorites]


Why listen to Stanhope talk about tripping when you can watch him actually tripping?
posted by msalt at 11:05 PM on April 21


I don't quite understand all the Rogan haters. I've worked with him and he was great with every single person on the crew, with the random person approaching him for an autograph in an airport after many days in a row of long hours of work. and I've seen him bring a large audience where he was a surprise guest to hysterics laughing. that takes a degree of skill not many people have. if you've ever stood up in front of a crowd and tried to make them laugh - then you would know.
posted by TMezz at 12:23 AM on April 22 [3 favorites]


I've worked with him and he was great with every single person on the crew

Yep. He's a great guy and a great comic. Also, this.
posted by Optamystic at 12:56 AM on April 22


I think Joe Rogan has kind of a bro-y/shock-jock vibe that is somewhat irritating if you aren't into that kind of thing.
posted by empath at 1:01 AM on April 22


"...and I finally, boom, that clicked in, from the acid, thank god for acid."
..
"I don't need it anymore cause it's a self-limiting drug, it's the kind of drug that you take it a few times, and it tells you: 'that's enough, we're cool, now we're happening,' and that's what happened to me."

- George Carlin
posted by jeffburdges at 2:33 AM on April 22 [1 favorite]


You *can* "take all kinds of drugs" while doing most jobs, rubadub, but only the psychedelics routinely earn real credit. I've met one chemistry professor who claimed she learned calculous by studying on LSD, the famous scientists include :

"What if I had not taken LSD ever; would I have still invented PCR? I don't know. I doubt it. I seriously doubt it." - Kary Mullis

'Francis Crick told [Richard Kemp] he had perceived the double-helix shape while on LSD.'

Amphetamines like Adderall are credited with helping people focus, work, etc. And highly focuses individuals like Paul Erdős have similarly praised them : "Before, when I looked at a piece of blank paper my mind was filled with ideas. Now all I see is a blank piece of paper." We're talking abuse there though whereas psychedelics rarely see frequent use.

It's actually the partying all the time that really prevents doing work, living your life, etc., some folks address that with strong stimulants like cocaine, but at great cost. I avoid even caffeine myself.

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posted by jeffburdges at 3:08 AM on April 22 [5 favorites]


I will always love Joe Rogan because of NewsRadio.
posted by entropicamericana at 10:40 AM on April 22 [1 favorite]




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