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  • Posted by $ MikeMarotta 5 years, 2 months ago
    Comedy is entertaining - to some limit - expressly because it cashes in on delivering the unexpected. That said, Kinison was a nihilist. I mean his aesthetic approach was to deny metaphysical validity, rather than to assert it. His yelling is his primary expression of that mode. A minute or two, just because you have never seen anything like it, is entertaining, but after that, he just becomes annoying.
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    • Posted by freedomforall 5 years, 2 months ago
      George Carlin became famous for his "seven words you can't say on tv." That was his version of yelling, but he followed it up with the cleverest observations and astute political commentary.
      Carlin was a comedic genius.
      Kinison was a boor.
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      • Posted by $ MikeMarotta 5 years, 2 months ago
        AFIK, no one has approached a theory of humor based The Romantic Manifesto. Ayn Rand's favorite comedian was Prof. Irwin Corey. (Not much on YouTube. The Smothers Brothers clip is probably closest to how she saw in live in New York City.)

        Personally, I also enjoy Carlin, but, I did not recommend him here because the delivery is also in a negative mode, liberally sprinkled with obscenity. His social commentary was often accurate, though. See, for instance, his rant against environmentalism: "For you all you know, we are how the Earth produces plastic." Probably Carlin's best - and positive - shtick was why baseball is better than football.
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