Results for - Comedians As Autobiographers and Characters

2,510 voters participated in this survey

1. I have in at least one previous survey expressed my admiration for the stand-up comedy of Steve Martin. Martin has accomplished plenty else worthwhile professionally, but do you enjoy Martin's stand-up?

Yes
38%
943 votes
I can take or leave it./Undecided/Indifferent
28%
699 votes
No
15%
366 votes
I've never heard Steve Martin perform stand-up comedy.
20%
492 votes

2. Martin, however, seems to be a rarity among the people I've interviewed for the comedy column I've been writing since this time (mid-January) of 2019 in that his stand-up, especially in a solo context, really doesn't say much about himself personally; and there's not much in way of overlap between his offstage personality and the character he portrays in his act. Do appreciate it when a comedian devises a character or narrative voice apart from who s/he may be apart from being a comic?

Yes, generally
32%
802 votes
I can, but not always.
26%
643 votes
No, not as a rule
17%
429 votes
I don't avail myself to enough stand-up comedy to make my opinion matter here.
25%
626 votes

3. More common among comics I've interviewed is a tendency toward onstage autobiography, wherein their act is an extension of what they're like when they're not performing. I find that learning more about any given comedian I interview may make for a better interview, I don't think I've never necessarily found a comic any funnier for knowing more about him or her personally. And you?

Yes, knowing more about a comedian can aid in my finding their work more amusing.
13%
323 votes
Unsure/ It depends on the comic.
28%
703 votes
No, learning more about a comedian doesn't abet me in finding him/her any funnier.
14%
356 votes
Not Applicable
27%
670 votes
I don't purposefully endeavor to learn more about comics I watch/listen to.
18%
448 votes

4. To my reckoning, things began to change in stand-up at the same time so many things in the Western world did for better and worse: the 1960's. The residual effects of the actual and perceived liberation movements of that time seemed to have effected an urgency among comics to be real with themselves and their audiences. There may be no better example of this than George Carlin going from a straight-laced shtickster largely bereft of personal interjection to a personally invested commentator on the world about him. Were you aware of the change in Carlin's approach?

Yes
24%
589 votes
Uncertain
19%
472 votes
No
36%
897 votes
I've never heard Carlin's stand-up from ay era in his career
22%
542 votes

5. Most any list of the of the greatest stand-up comedians I've seen is is either topped by Richard Pryor or has him in the top five. Not long into his career he started plumbing his eventful, often harrowing life for material. And though I respect his artistry as a monologist or raconteur, I don't often find his most deeply personal material outright funny. Whether with Pryor or any other comic who endeavors to be transparent about his/her life in their work, do you have similar feelings?

Yes, about at least one stand-up.
27%
664 votes
Undecided/ Don't listen to ebnuogh comedy to have an informed opinion
34%
856 votes
No
18%
459 votes
Not Applicable
21%
521 votes
01/26/2022 Theater/Ballet 2510 45 By: jlrake
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