it starts with a gal and ends with a kiss

Acme has a pretty solid collection of stand-up performances on DVD: classic George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Chris Rock, as well as a bunch of newer and more obscure stuff. I just recently watched Zach Galifianakis: Live At The Purple Onion, which I highly recommend you check out. Not only flat-out hilarious, but also an example of the rare instance when a comedian elevates his craft to something more akin to performance art than just simple joke-telling. Galifianakis downs beers, berates the audience, and is brutally self-deprecating throughout; and while he clearly has some jokes lined up, a lot of the performance comes off as being ad libbed, and is better for it. The DVD is intercut with scenes from a kind of mock road-trip as well as an interview with Zach Galifianakis’s “twin.” Very funny. But the stand-up itself is pure gold.

Just a taste:

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