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Famous American Stand-Up Comedians

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Stand-up comedy is a comedic art form. Usually, a comedian performs in front of a live audience, speaking directly to them using one-liners,anegdotes,puns and such. Their performances are sometimes filmed for later release via DVD, the internet, and television. The father of modern American stand-up comedy is certanly Bob Hope.Bob Hope is recognized as “The Most Honored Entertainer” by The Guinness Book of World Records. The show business legend was born Leslie Townes Hope in England on May 29, 1903. Taking the advice of friends, Hope began performing as a stand-up comedian. The one-man act was such a success that he was able to form his own company in Chicago and later moved to New York to begin his radio career. Hope first appeared on the radio show The Intimate Revue. He made two other brief radio appearances, before starting The Pepsodent Show. The show was a huge success, attracting regular guest stars such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby.During World War II, Hope focused his energy on entertaining US troops around the world. In doing so, he established himself as one of the most popular and beloved entertainers of the 20th century.Hope's style was sharp verbal comedy.Most of his comedy relied on wisecracks delivered at a fast pace. Quotes:

-Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. -The good news is that Jesus is coming back. The bad news is that he's really pissed off. -A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it. -I give money for all religions - I'd hate to blow the afterlife on a technicality. -I love to go to Washington - if only to be near my money.

As nightclubs and resorts became the new breeding ground for stand-ups Mort Sahl made his way on to the stage in the 1950s. His comedy added an element of social satire and expanded stand-up into politics, race relations, and sexual humor. Morton Lyon "Mort" Sahl (born May 11, 1927) is a Canadian-born American comedian and...

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