This weekend, I've been indulging in watching YouTube presentations of Lewis Black. He is a comedian with whom I can readily identify. Barely controlled rage and indignation, bluntly and earthily stated.
I enjoy good standup, but I must admit I don't get to see much of it live. I rely upon television and internet to bring me tidbits.
George Carlin is an old favorite of mine.
Robin Williams was good, if a mite frenetic. Lily Tomlin was quite capable, too, but she did a lot of skit comedy.
Many social commentators start out as standup comedians, as we see with Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart. Then there are the likes of David Letterman, Jay Leno, Johnny Carson, Jack Paar, David Frost, Bob Hope, Will Rogers, and, of course, Mark Twain. We presently have a professional standup comedian who serves quite honorably as a member of the US Senate, Al Franken.