Kevin Meaney lives!!!!!
I couldn't find it on YouTube but the documentary When Stand Up Stood Out, about the Boston comedy scene in the '80s, has classic footage of Meaney's live remotes. It's just him in with a mic fucking with people, including invading the woman's restroom. It sounds juvenile but he makes it work.
“We’ve built a bridge of friendship and carried our goats across. Lay them in the grass with me, Jeff! One’s named Petey and one’s named Sweetie!”—Pete Holmes to Jeff Garlin, Doug Loves Movies
To this day, I occasionally say "caution: filled with hot lava" and "IT'S THE SAME JOKE!" Nobody's understood what I'm talking about for many years. Also, there's a pretty good chance I'm misquoting him.
I don't care.... I don't care.... zoom zoom zoom, bing bing bing, I don't care....
Hey, check me out. I'm a ghost.
at 5:20-5:40 or something on the carson video:
"... and I said, JACK SAUCE?!?"
Gets me every time.
walkin around in your tight pants in the heat
I could never get "HOT PLATE? There's some crazy person putting plates in the oven" bit out of my head. I think of it every time a waiter warns the table about the temperature of the plates as he or she is serving the meal.
my first exposure to kevin meaney was dr. katz.
after that i was hooked.
There's just a wealth of quotable nonsense from his act that will probably stay with me to my grave...
"Cheesecake boats-a-comin' we'll party tonight!"
"No Daddy, I don't want to eat the birds that fall from the sky"
I recently got a chance to see him at Zanies in Chicago and all his silly brilliance charmed me at nearly-30 as much as it did as a 14-year-old.
Here's the "I don't care" bit at the 4:30 mark. I remember seeing this live at Catch A rising Star in the 80's and people were literally falling out of their chairs. Meaney was a walking talking catch phrase in the 80's.
I always thought he was hilarious. It seemed like he was always on TV in the late eighties/early 90's. He was one of a few people that defined stand up for me as a youth. Him, Regan and Carlin seemed like the stand ups I always saw a bunch when I was growing up that really stuck with me. He's great.
This is awesome:
I checked his website for dates, and was horrified by two things.
First, that he's playing ONE date in 2010 west of Denver, and it's in Kirkland, Washington.
Second, is ALL THOSE CRUISE SHIP DATES. I feel like I've tracked down an uncle I haven't seen in 10 years and he's living at the Y....
Hey, check me out. I'm a ghost.
I might have to go up to Chicago in May to see him.
Three bits of trivia...
Meaney was "Uncle Buck" in the TV version, a show which caused controversy as soon as the first episode, because a child said the line, "You suck!" (Maybe it should've been on HBO instead...)
The weirdest Meaney TV appearance I've seen is as a tormented shock jock whose dead son calls into his radio show on "The Caller," a segment on "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction." (It was odd to hear him bellow, "He's been dead for TEN YEARS!!!" in what was supposed to be a serious moment, but tainted for me by the fact the tone in his voice was the same as many of the routines in the videos posted in this thread.)
The second weirdest time I've seen him on TV was when "Entertainment Tonight" interviewed him right after 9/11, when he was arrested at the airport for getting in a scuffle with security, allegedly going for a guard's M-16. (Obviously, it all got cleared up later, since he didn't go down in history as "the comedian who went to prison for a post-9/11 terrorist attack.")
Despite the potentially unflattering moments I have chosen to share above, I genuinely admire Meaney and enjoy his comedy, and had even more respect for him after seeing "When Stand Up Stood Out." (He might have even been my favorite in that documentary.)
I know cruise ship dates aren't the most desirable booking for most comics, but you're overdoing it here, scammy. I can think of a lot worse jobs than being at sea and visiting cool places while being paid relatively well (I assume).
"You're gonnahittheballintothe cooorner!"
"Where in the world is Chandra, Chandra Levy?"
THAT'S NOT RIGHT, posting about Kevin's airport arrest in a Kevin Meaney appreciation thread, THAT'S NOT RIGHT.