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Comedy Challenge: (10/10) Comedians - Louis CK
I read something in the paper that really confused me the other day. It said that 80 percent of the people in New York are minorities…shouldn’t you not call them minorities when they get to be 80 percent of the population? That’s a very white attitude, don’t you think? I mean, you could take a white guy to Africa and he’d be like, “look at all the minorities around here! I’m the only majority.

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Coopcooperberg created a Comedy Challenge and I’ve seen a few people I follow doing it. It seemed like fun but I don’t have the patience to do it slowly so here’s my complete Comedy Challenge, all in one post. I’m sure someone will be coming around to revoke my tumblr privileges for cheating but I don’t care.

10. Comedians: I tried to stick to comedians that are currently working and to get a good mix of both stand-up and sketch/miscellaneous comics. There are a lot of comics that are interchangeable with the people on this list but these 10 are amazing and pretty representative of my taste.

9. Movies: These are nine great comedies. I’ve got 8 other sections to write about so I’ll just move on.

8. Sketches: I really had to restrain myself to keep from just picking 8 Mr. Show sketches. Somehow The State didn’t make it into the cut and most of my favorite SNL casts are unrepresented but 8 is a pretty small number in the end.

7. Comedy Specials: I tried to use this category to show some love to the people I left out of the comedians section. Paul F. Tompkins, Hannibal Buress, Todd Barry, Brent Weinbach, Eddie Pepitone, Andy Daly, and John Mulaney have all put out albums that belong here but it seemed silly to just repeat that category. So, while that stuff was all pretty recent, these mostly reach back a little further.

6. Idols: 6 of the people/groups that blew my comedy-mind and changed the way I looked at things. Don’t think there is anything too controversial here.

5. Actors: Since I was limited to 5 I went with older actors, getting into the people I love right now would just be too much. This is basically just runoff from the Idols category. Bummed I didn’t get any women on the list, there are plenty who deserve to be there. Only noticed that glaring error after I made the GIF.

4. Sitcoms: Decided not to use any shows currently or recently on the air. Seinfeld, Newsradio and Larry Sanders were a given. The Sarah Silverman Program, Arrested Development, Get a Life, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and Party Down were also in contention for the last spot.

3. Podcasts: On the original challenge this was 3 twitter accounts. I’m just not active enough on twitter for that to be any fun. My favorite comedians on twitter are all of the comedians on twitter. My original idea was to replace it with animated shows (The Life and Times of Tim, King of the Hill, Home Movies) but I thought it would be better if I filled the same gap of new-comedy that the twitter category did. So I decided to go with podcasts, something I spend a lot of time with that wasn’t represented in the challenge.

2. Sketch Shows: This one was a no-brainer.

1. Joke: There were a lot of podcast jokes and Mr. Show jokes that I briefly considered. But this ten second moment from Seinfeld has been making me laugh for years. I’m sure there are better jokes but whatever.

Comedy Challenge: (7/7) Comedy Specials - Louis CK - Oh My God

How do women still go out with guys, when you consider that there is no greater threat to women than men? We’re the number one threat to women! Globally and historically, we’re the number one cause of injury and mayhem to women. You know what our number one threat is? Heart disease! If you’re a guy trying to understand the woman’s situation, try to imagine that you could only date a half-bear, half-lion. ‘Oh, I hope this one’s nice.’ ”

Comedy Challenge: (5/10) Comedians - Nick Kroll

In general, in comedy, there are fewer people making a ton of money and a lot more people making a living. For me, the goal is just being able to make exactly the show I wanted to make. I don’t think any of us have any preconception that it’s going to be the next friends mainly because my hair will never be as awesome as Matt LeBlanc’s

Comedy Challenge:  (8/9) Comedy Films - Bridesmaids (2011)

No, Lillian! What are you gonna go, you’re gonna go to Paris with Helen now? What are you gonna, you guys gonna ride around on bikes with berets and fucking baguettes in the basket on the front of your bikes? Oh how romantic! What woman gives another woman a trip to Paris? Am I right? Lesbian! We’re all thinking it, aren’t we?