Monday’s can be hard to get through. No one can deny that.
If you could change that, would you?
I believe that no matter how difficult things may be, all it takes is a laugh to bring you to another place.
In my dark times, YouTube came to my aid and pumped me with hours of laughter. It may not have solved my problems, but allowed me to face another day with a smile.
Comedy gave me a story to share with friends and something new to connect with. Considering that the people I have listed come from all over the Anglophone world, I’m sure they’ll help you connect with anyone.
Laughter takes away all that stress that you don’t need bothering you throughout the day.
Discovering a new comedian is like discovering a new friend. Someone who can entertain you and make you smile even when you’re not feeling like it.
Here are 11 Stand-up Comedians Guaranteed to Brighten Your Day.
Mr. Bean, Black Adder, Johnny English, or Zazu from the Lion King, there is no doubt. We all know this legend.
I was first introduced to Rowan Atkinson as a 10-year-old at a sleepover. I was laughing to the point of not being able to breathe anymore. We all know that feeling, and when we have it, we know it’s good comedy.
Here’s a clip from my very first taste of his genius.
In addition to his amazing Mr. Bean series, he also performed a legendary show at Boston University with Angus Deayton called Rowan Atkinson: Not Just a Pretty Face. You can find various clips on YouTube, and they will have you laughing for hours.
Where can you find a belly-dancing Iranian who speaks like a Nigerian and does Godzilla impressions?
Omid Djalili’s your man. This comedian is an Iranian Briton who’s passion will drive you to tears with jokes about being Iranian, Osama bin Laden, and everything in between.
Fun fact: he played the spokespeople for the Indian Pirate Lord in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Here he talks about Abu Dhabi and how the world finally found Bin Laden.
Imagine someone that always has a story up their sleeve, a soothing voice and is incredibly intelligent.
He’d be the perfect uncle!
Stephen Fry is just that. He’s well read, articulate, and even well traveled!
He plays Sherlock’s brother in the second Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. But more than being a comedian and actor, his ideas on life open your mind to a different but wise point of view.
Heck, what do you expect from someone who’s been to EVERY state in the U.S. driving with a London Taxi Cab?
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That’s right. And it was a six part TV series by the BBC including guests like Sting and Morgan Freeman during his crazy journeys across the States.
If you need something to watch during lunch, this is an intellectual and humorous feast for your brain.
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
The world’s favorite fluffy Mexican.
Sure he’s pretty round, but more important than his size, what makes him amazing are his sound effects and accents.
If you want a bit more of observational comedy thrown in with amazing imitations, Gabriel’s got more to give you than I can explain.
Growing up as an Asian-American, many of us felt that we grew up without role models. Not only that, we didn’t know who we could talk to about our lives and the problems we had at home. Namely, how many beatings we got, or the funny accents from our friend’s parents.
Russell Peters was a hero growing up.
He made us smile because his comedy told it like it is. It wasn’t extraordinary because he was simply sharing facts. The stories of his childhood spoke to our hearts.
Here’s why Asian kids don’t mess with Asian parents. Ignore the low quality (it was uploaded in 2006). This is his most famous joke.
I really love that he also talks about his Indian heritage in a way that makes you understand.
Here’s Peters’ other famous joke. His “Chinese accent” became the basis for the joke Asian Americans use to joke about our heritage.
Just so you know how impactful this guy was, us kids used to memorize his jokes and recite them in class and on the street. I used to have most of his joke repertoire memorized verbatim (and I wasn’t the only one.)
You know him from the show House, but he’s done a lot more than that. Also, if you didn’t know, he’s actually British.
But more than being a British, Hugh Laurie is quite the accomplished musician and weaves his comedy into his music producing hilarious songs like the following:
And of course, he’s also known because of his involvement with Stephen Fry and their comedic duo.
In the early days of YouTube, there wasn’t much to watch but for some reason, I was suggested to watch Halo gameplay videos set to Monty Python. I had no idea who they were and thought that it was some hilarious comedic genius who decided to share his art with the world.
Then the internet then showed me the truth of who Monty Python is.
Throughout my years of discussing comedy, the only work that people know from these guys is Monty Python & The Holy Grail which is a great movie. Here’s a clip:
But what they are actually known for is their television comedy series filled with sketches spanning from Spam to the Ministry of Silly Walks.
And of course, if you think pillows are painful, you will never expect the Spanish Inquisition.
There’s much more that this historical comedy crew has made and I encourage you to watch become familiar with their work. There isn’t a British comedian who hasn’t been influenced by these guys.
I constantly quote these guys out of the blue for friends and it always spices up the night. This is the reason my friends hate me a lot.
Yet another British comedian.
His bouncy hair and his storytelling through observational comedy make British comedy at it’s finest. His hair explains why he suddenly became one of the U.K’s most famous comics within recent years.
In addition to having a high pitched voice and hilarious mannerisms, he’s always mistaken for being Chinese.
There are few American comedians that make you think as hard as Louis C.K.
He’s not only about telling jokes but about using his brain. He reminds us to not accept the world as it is. We need to be reminded of the past and the world was like without technology as beautiful as it is.
To quote the following video: Kids don’t build empathy.
He points out how despite the wonders of technology today, we’re still ridiculously unhappy and upset.
The ideas he presents really show us how ungrateful humans can be. Simply put, humans are just never satisfied.
It sounds funny and we laugh, but it’s true.
What do you think of when you see a Half Korean Half Vietnamese guy? Nothing special right. But what if I tell you he speaks fluent Arabic?
That’s right, your ears perked up. Wonho has become a recent phenomenon, especially because of the fact that he speaks Arabic.
South African phenomenon Trevor Noah was born a crime in Apartheid South Africa. Whites and blacks were not allowed to mix until 1991. His father is Swiss German and his mother a black South African.
He discusses the funny things in life like how dumb Americans can be sometimes. Unfortunately, Americans can be really really dumb sometimes. Pretty, but dumb.
Then there are these stories that we hear about Africa that we would never expect because we’ve never been. Now let’s hear about them escalators.
Comedy is Important
I truly believe you can’t fully love life unless you know how to laugh.
Laughter shows you enjoy it, it allows you to let go and many ridiculous sounds that are unique to you.
The four principles of [loving out loud](dropbox.com/s/n6xjzvf8xj5us8x/FREE Ebook Loving Out Loud.pdf?dl=0) are Forget Your Comfort Zone, Make Time, Ask Questions, and Be Contagious. Comedy fulfills all of these roles beautifully, and I hope that you will too.
There are dozens of comedians out there and I couldn’t include everyone. I hope that this list kept you entertained. Also, is there someone that you found hilarious in particular? Let me know in the comments section below.