Yesterday's post "Are Women Funny?" generated a lively conversation through which I discovered a host of new comedians. Thank you, everyone, for joining in.
One very funny person who curiously was not mentioned on the comments thread is Phil Hartman. He exemplified smart-funny, rather than slob-funny or crude-funny; his hallmark was a magnificently assured rapid-fire delivery of whole paragraphs of well-written material. He also had a hilarious stillness, a Madeline Kahn-esque ability to be funny just by standing there. This is a recording of Hartman's audition tape for the 1985-86 season of Saturday Night Live:
It doesn't get much better than an impression of a German impressionist doing impressions. Enjoy.