Jul 14 2010

Five Actors That Could Have Solid Stand Up Comedy Careers

Published by at 1:00 pm under Lists

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Here’s a little something you didn’t know about me.  I used to do stand up here in New York City.  It was a brief stint but I had a decent run, got some laughs and I really enjoyed myself up there.  Lots of people told me I looked pretty comfortable but to tell you the truth I was scared shitless every time I went up to perform.

So having a bit of experience and watching a ton of stand up I think I can kind of tell what might make someone be a successful stand up comedian.  But for the purposes of this article I wanted to focus on actors already out there who I think could easily make the transition.

Here are five actors that could have solid stand up comedy careers…..

Kevin Spacey

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKKDKAKNH-k&feature=player_embedded

It’s quite evident by his ability to do impressions and I’ve also seen him talk at my college back in the day.  Spacey has great stage presence and a hell of a lot of confidence.  Since he doesn’t seem to be doing too many good movies these days I would pay to see him get on stage and make me laugh.

Christopher Walken

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQv38f2KvEg

This is more just because Walken is funny.  Something tells me that his material would be absolutely horrible but in some shape or form I think Walken just being on stage and trying would make me laugh my ass off.  There’s nothing not funny about Christopher Walken.

Paul Rudd

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm4DTCkCVVwThere’s a charming yet cocky quality about Rudd that I think would translate well on stage.  And if this video isn’t any indication I don’t know what is.  I doubt Rudd would even have that much of a routine.  I think if he just messed with the crowd he would kick ass.

Matt Damon

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuYD2cwMbpw&feature=player_embedded

Did anyone see that Tribute to Matt Damon thing on network TV a couple months ago?  Damon was by far the funniest thing about that event.  I really think he did most of his stuff on the fly.  And let’s not forget his ability to do impressions.   Something tells me he’ll eventually be a director but I’m still hoping he does a stand up show someday.

Jason Schwartzman

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF9QvNEd0zM

He’s young.  He’s funny.  He’s smart.  I could easily see him kicking ass in a comedy club.





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6 responses so far

  • Cheryl

    I always just assumed because Paul Rudd was so funny that he got his start in stand-up…hmm, learn something new everyday.

  • J5

    I honestly think Bruce Willis could pull off a stand up act, as long as he didnt incorporate thermonica into it.

    But really, after watching Commando last night & the Expendables trailer this morning I have to say that Arnold Schwarzenegger should’ve had a stand up act called “Arnold’s Pronuciation Corner.” All you would have to do is get the audience to shout up random words for Arnold to say.

    “Cah-lee-four-nyah” would probably be the most common.

  • J5

    oh whoops. Thermonica = the harmonica.

  • Scott

    Actually…Brad Pitt.

    Look at him anytime he’s done something funny. Ignore the pretty-boy image and he actually has perfect comic timing and delivery.

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  • prowse

    Jason and Kevin = have done standup already. They was OK. Kevin still kills.

    But, comic timing in film is 50 to 100% IN THE EDITING.

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