Penn Jillette’s Essential Comedy Albums

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Entertainment Weekly asked Aristocrats producer Penn Jillette his top 12 comedy albums in their recent “Listen To This” supplement for subscribers. I can’t find the link anywhere on their site, so I thought I’d list them here, as I think they’d be quite educational to any comedian or comedy writer.

The interesting thing about Penn’s descriptions of the albums (which I won’t type) is that he mentions memorizing almost half of them. Though obviously doing someone else’s material is wrong, memorizing a comedy album is learning by doing, imitating. Here’s the list:

  1. Smothers Brothers - Sibling Rivalry: The Best of the Smothers Brothers
  2. Albert Brooks - Comedy Minus 1
  3. Firesign Theatre - Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers!
  4. Stan Freberg - Stan Freberg Presents The United States Of America, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
  5. Team America: World Police
  6. Phyllis Diller - The Best of Phyllis Diller
  7. Gilbert Gottfried - Dirty Jokes
  8. Martin Mull - Martin Mull & His Fabulous Furniture in Your Living Room
  9. National Lampoon Radio Hour: Best Moments
  10. Lenny Bruce - The Lenny Bruce Originals Volume 1
  11. George Carlin - FM & AM
  12. Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan - Bert and I & More Bert and I

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly finally put Penn’s Choices up on their website.

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Posted by drew on 11/29  at  09:29 PM

I understand that Penn is probably trying to compile a list of stuff that some people may not have heard of, but c’mon, a top 10 list of comedy albums with no Richard Pryor, no Steve Martin and no Cheech & Chong?

Jillette’s always seemed like someone I’d wanna support, but the moment he opens his mouth on something like Celebrity Poker Showdown I want to kick him in the face until he shuts up.

Posted by weebles on 12/31  at  01:23 AM

Ms. Drew,

Notice the title of the article…. “Penn Jilletteā€™s Essential Comedy Albums”.

It doesn’t say “Essential Comedy Albums for the General Population”. It’s the stuff Penn likes.

I’d like to kick you in the face until you quit being a fascist punk trying to tell everybody what to say and think.

Sheesh… get a grip.

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