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Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Old 10-21-10, 09:16 AM
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Originally Posted by Mabuse View Post
She's pretty funny. She was awful on the MTV awards recently. Bombed hard. What's horrifiing is that she's only like 34 and she looks 45.
No way. 34? Wow.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Do NOT get the hotness factor

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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Female? Comedian? Automatically not funny. Unless you're Lisa Lampinelli, and that's pushing the female limit.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Originally Posted by raven56706 View Post
funnier than Dane Cook

That's about the same as saying "funnier than Schindler's List".

I never would have guessed her age. She must have done some heavy partying in her youthful days.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Didn't see the option for "ball-punchingly unfunny" so I voted "not funny".
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Originally Posted by james2025a View Post
Annoying and unfunny.

She along with Russell Brand are two people for whom the publics love escapes me.
I didnt care for Russell Brand until I heard him on Howard Stern last week, long interview and you could tell he was himself...I liked him.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Originally Posted by Hokeyboy View Post
Female? Comedian? Automatically not funny. Unless you're Lisa Lampinelli, and that's pushing the female limit.
SHe just does a man's insult comedian act.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Lisa Lampinelli is the poster child for unfunny women.
Old 10-21-10, 05:31 PM
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
Lisa Lampinelli is the poster child for unfunny women.
Werd!

Not even as much as a chuckle.
Old 10-21-10, 07:10 PM
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Unfamiliar with her, but I did just learn that she grew up in my hometown...but she's 5 years younger than me.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

When did Dane Cook become everyone's comic to hate? I'm not a fan, but I've seen his stand-up specials and thought he was pretty funny. I certainly laughed. Is it that people think he's too popular/successful for his material? I certainly agree with that -- much better comedians out there that should be more successful than Dane.

But really? That much hate?

As for Chelsea. I've never seen her show or standup. I've really only seen quotes from her books that a friend posted on FB and some clips I've heard. I marked unfunny. The YouTube video posted shows she at least has pretty good stage presence and delivery. Her jokes aren't funny though. Mostly she just comes off as annoying at bit skanky.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Originally Posted by DodgingCars View Post
When did Dane Cook become everyone's comic to hate? I'm not a fan, but I've seen his stand-up specials and thought he was pretty funny. I certainly laughed. Is it that people think he's too popular/successful for his material? I certainly agree with that -- much better comedians out there that should be more successful than Dane.

But really? That much hate?

As for Chelsea. I've never seen her show or standup. I've really only seen quotes from her books that a friend posted on FB and some clips I've heard. I marked unfunny. The YouTube video posted shows she at least has pretty good stage presence and delivery. Her jokes aren't funny though. Mostly she just comes off as annoying at bit skanky.
Top 5 Reasons to not Like Dane Cook

Before anyone reads this list, I would like to point out that this list was created for those who have been (Like I have) told that I hate Dane Cook because he is famous. I know I am not the only one out there who does not like this guy. And in this list I tried to be as logical as I could and not just rip this guy a new one because I can. That would be rude. I think I make valid points. If you disagree I suggest you get a job writing for a blog on the internet as well.

"Good comedy helps people know they're not alone. Great comedy provides an answer."- Bill Hicks

5- He (probably) steals jokes
This is a huge internet debate. And there is reason to believe this claim because the evidence is somewhat compelling. Stealing jokes is the worst crime in comedy. You just don't do it. If you're caught it's like wearing the scarlet letter around your neck. I've seen comedians kicked out of clubs because of that. Some of his material is really close to Louis C.K. who is a comedian from the same city as Cook. In my opinion I think they are too close to call, but I have seen comics touch on similar topics with almost the same accuracy in terms on content. I mentioned this fact to a Superfan and was told in response "That he did [Louis C.K's] material better anyway". If that's how people are going to look at things then go ahead. Even if he didn't steal his jokes verbatim the material is uninspired.



4- Lack of respect for other comedians
Its hard to be a comedian when other comedians hate you. And I don't mean because you're famous and open mic comedians rag on you. I'm talking about professional comics. Robert Klein, Jim Breuer, and David Cross have all openly talked about their hatred for Mr. Cook. Why? Mostly it's because of the material, but it has to do partially with Cook himself. In a comedy club in Rhode Island Cook did a surprise set before a headliner and ran past his time bleeding into the other performers act. That's a lack of professional courtesy. It doesn't matter how famous you are you NEVER do that. If you look at people from "The Comedians of Comedy" it is all a social network where people respect other peoples material. No matter how many fans you fill in a stadium, it must be hard to go home and have people you respect not respect you. I kind of feel bad for Dane, but there has to be a reason why his peers won't respect him.


3- Dane Cook "Superfans"
I do not hate every Dane Cook fan. Let me just point that out. I have friends who love Dane Cook and listen to him on a regular basis. But for some reason when I tell Superfans "I don't like him", I get my ear chewed off. The level of fan devotion is almost as bad as thirteen-year-old BackStreet Boys fans saying they don't like N'SYNC. When I do come across a Superfan and I talk about Dane Cook they love to pick a fight about why I don't like him.

Me: I just don't think he's that funny.

Fan: Whatever man he's hilarious.

Me: I don't think he is hilarious at all. He's just loud to me sometimes.

Fan: You don't like him because he is famous.

Me: No I DON'T! I just like other comedians better. Their material is stronger.

Fan: Psh. Fuck you. (Fan sticks up super finger)

Fuck me for having an opinion and listening to other comics. Geez.



2- No punchlines
Set them up, Knock them down. Set them up knock it down. That's the basic formula of a joke. Setup, and then a punchline. But watch Dane Cook's stand up material and you will see something bizarre. There are hardly any punchlines. Where there should be a joke, there is a noise, or a funny face. Where is the joke? There is no joke. Dane Cook is the master of manipulation. He would of made a great cheerleader in high school. In terms of energy I have never seen anyone control a crowd so effectively. But in terms of telling a joke he falls flat. If you drank a shot of liquor for every punchline uttered from Dane Cook, it would take you three comedy specials to get drunk. Believe me, I tried.


1- No relevance or longevity
Two comedians before Cook have achieved his level of success. Steve Martin and Richard Pryor have both played to thousands of people but their material pushed boundaries in comedy. Pryor engaged both white and black audiences discussing race relations and his own troubled personal life. Martin created a stage character that was wild and wacky but was also inventive and personable. And after realizing the price of fame can be a disaster, Martin wrote and starred in a catalog of films that are now classics. Cook? Well, that's the thing. In terms of being a comic the only thing to learn from him is that you can create a franchise and sell t-shirts. Fifty years from now Pryor's material will still be valuable by touching on universal themes, while jokes about Burger King may not. Only time can tell.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Or maybe because he just sucks?
Old 10-22-10, 12:31 PM
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

I kind of like the debate we have here on what constitutes good comedy.

I watched some of Chelsea's show on E! last night, and can say some of it honestly made me laugh, but not all of it. She seems to be pulling the same thing as Sarah Silverman with the whole "Look, I'm an attractive woman who tells jokes." I know attractive is in the eye of the beholder, and neither are what you would call smoking hot, but they are when compared to other female comedians.
Guess I'll find out tonight if she's worth the hype or needed to be left in whatever comedy club gave her the start.
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Was that her on the show called Chelsea Lately? I was flipping through channels last night and ran into it.

It was atrocious!
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Was that her on the show called Chelsea Lately? I was flipping through channels last night and ran into it.

It was atrocious!
Is there anything on E! that isn't atrocious?
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

The Soup!
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SoOOoOOooo meaty! ("ewwww!")
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should i have said "i deleted about 30 mp3's that when put together in order formed what used to be known as 2 compact discs."
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

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Was that her on the show called Chelsea Lately? I was flipping through channels last night and ran into it.

It was atrocious!
Ever wonder how something that bad gets on TV? Well, when she got the show on E!, she was banging the President of the network. She says that had nothing to do with it though.

The thing I find really weird is all her Leno appearances. She was on Jay's short lived Primetime show a few times, and then since he went back on the Tonight Show she's been on there like once a month or so. In fact at one point she was on the show, what seemed like, every couple weeks. That combined with how much he hits on her in interviews and the time he made her read excerpts from her book while lying next to him on a vibrating bed, gives me the impression Jay's trying to hit it.

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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

Not Funny.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

I don't think Chelsea is funny. However, I have laughed at Dane Cook which I don't feel guilty about because I'm not a comedian-snob.
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Re: Chelsea Handler: Funny or Not Funny

"comedian-snob"
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Well, caught her act last night. She wasn't uproariously funny, but she wasn't groan inducing either. I have to say the guy who opened for her, Joe something, was hilarious. He got more laughs out of me than Chelsea.

What surprised me was that with the acts together, the whole thing only lasted about an hour and a half. Chelsea went for close to an hour, maybe less.
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I'm still amazed that, after all these years, she still can't read from a teleprompter - she's as natural as Magic Johnson delivering a monologue

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