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Do You Watch Stand-Up Specials on TV?

Robin Williams is bringing his comedy act back to HBO this Fall, taping his first stand-up special for the network in seven years and his fourth HBO special overall. He's just the latest comedian to book a special on HBO, which has long been a showcase for comedians including George Carlin, Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais, Dana Carvey, and many more. Comedy Central has also been a big outlet for stand-up over the years with its Comedy Central Presents series. I'm wondering: Do you like watching stand-up specials on TV? Does it depend on the comedian? Or do you think this kind of thing is best suited to live shows?

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nygurl nygurl 8 years
i watch them late late at nights when there's nothing on and have been surprised by some good ones. recently saw paul mooney's stand up and it was brilliant. love chris rock and the best for me will always be the late george carlin.
janyango janyango 8 years
it does depend on the comedian, but i love to laugh. watched a couple on Netflix last night.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
It is not my thing, don't care for it. On a plane trip I did watch Ellen do standup and it was quite funny. But other than that nope.
Katiefrog Katiefrog 8 years
The first time I ever saw Kathy Griffin was doing standup on HBO and it was hilarious. It was MANY years ago, but it got me interested in her and I still find her to be very funny.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
not really my thing. my husband watches sometimes and i think that i just don't have the sense of humor for it. the only one that i 1/2 enjoyed watching on TV was Dane Cook
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I love standup comedy and for the people I can't afford to see live or aren't coming near me, HBO specials are the next best thing.
kmckay kmckay 8 years
louis ck!!! i'll watch him do anything :)
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