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Stand-Up Comedian Judah Friedlander

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Born: March 16, 1969

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  • Delivery: 43211
  • Material: 43211
  • Overall: 43211

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Delivery: 43211 | Material: 43211 | Overall:43211

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generic Dead Frog avatar Frogacuda says:
Delivery: 43211
Material: 43211

Like prop comics, ventriloquists, and comedy teams, character-comics like Judah have been pushed to the fringes. After Lenny Bruce (and later Carlin, Pryor, and Hicks), we’ve come to expect a sort of sincerity and vulnerability from our comics that just isn’t compatible with some of the older, sillier forms of stand-up. Sure, a few like Larry the Cable Guy have survived (possibly because much of his audience fails to recognize his character as a work of fiction), but they’re few and far between.

Judah’s entire act, done completely in character as the “World Champion,” consists of the peculiar-looking man in over-sized glasses and a trucker hat listing his inflated achievements. If that premise sounds thin, it is, but the fact that he’s able to keep it consistently funny and fresh is a testament to what a good writer he is. Like Paul Reubens did with Pee Wee Herman, Judah is able to do a lot with a simple premise and a great delivery.

His rigid adherence to his shtick, coupled with the fact that he’s actually a very talented actor, seems like he’s practically begging to have a show made about the World Champ, but he’s stayed committed to stand-up and the New York scene.

Despite some good TV credits, he’s never recorded an album or special, so he can be a bit hard to find, but if you get the chance, it’s definitely worth it.

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