From Hammond to Rannazzisi

Steven Rannazzisi

Getting tickets to see Steve Rannazzisi (he might hate this, but you likely know him as Kevin on The League) tonight got me thinking about the other comics I’ve seen perform live. Below, a list with approximate dates.

  • Darryl Hammond, Sept. 2003 (John Fugelsang opening)
  • Dane Cook, October 2004
  • Mitch Hedberg, November 2005 (Stephen Lynch opening)
  • Eugene Mirman, June 2008 (As part of a live taping of Late Night with Conan O’Brien)
  • Ricky Gervais, June 2008 (Todd Berry opener)
  • Demitri Martin, February 2009
  • Conan O’Brien’s live tour, June 2009 (this counts, right? Deon Cole performed a short set)
  • Bob Saget, December 2010
  • Aziz Ansari, October 2011 (Joe Mande opening)
  • Bill Burr, July 2012 (Multiple openers)
  • Louis CK, November 2012 (With Gary Gulman opening)
  • Comedy Bang! Bang! Live, October 2013 (This is definitely a stretch, but come on… I saw Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins, and The Birthday Boys live!)
  • Update, June 2015: Dave Attell, June 2015, State Theater, Portland Maine. (Josh Day, opener)

 

 

 

Top 10 favorite comics

The title panel from the comic "Dustin"

The Sunday comics are a big deal in our house, and while we love the overall experience of reading the entire comics, a discussion about our favorites quickly turned into three of us building our own “Top 10 favorites” list. Here’s my list — this isn’t exhaustive, as it only represents the comics available in our local paper, and it’s not permanent — just a few weeks ago, the previous #1 fell to #2.

10. Pickles

9. Hi and Lois

8. Wizard of Id

7. Barney Google and Snuffy Smith

6. Blondie

5. Baby Blues

4. Non Sequitur

3. Zits

2. Dilbert

1. Dustin