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Stand-up Comedy Greats: Emo Phillips 1988
Reaganite Republican ^ | February 23, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 02/23/2011 12:22:05 PM PST by Reaganite Republican

"Most states don't end in the letter 'A'..."


Surrealist comedian Emo Phillips (dob 2.08.56) is an entertainer and comedian originating from the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Illinois.

The highly unique brand of self-deprecating stand up comedy that made him famous is often built upon the paraprosdokians and garden path sentences spoken in a wandering falsetto tone. It's been said that the wide-eyed, confused, and childlike delivery is employed to invoke the 'wisdom of children' or the idiot savant...


Philips has recorded three comedy albums, including E=mo², which won the 1985 New Music Award for best comedy album. It was later re-released along with his Live at the Hasty Pudding Theatre (1988) album on a single CD. 

Aside from his long career as a standup comic, Emo has been featured in acting roles on television series such as Miami Vice and The Weird Al Show. He was recently a guest star on British television and has numerous voiceover credits.

Emo Phillips  has appeared in feature films as well, including 1989's UHF (as a rather clumsy school shop teacher that accidentally saws his thumb off), the original 1992 version of Meet the Parents (also executive producer), and Desperation Boulevard in 1998.

I sure remember him hitting the stand up scene on the Letterman show in the mid 80s- I thought he was nuts, but a talented act of the sort that tends to stick in your mind.

This clip comes from Emo's exceptional comedy video made at Harvard University's historical Hasty Pudding Theatre in 1988...

OK, OK- I know he's weird, but... I always found Emo to be very, very funny- this schtick's great:

[brief 1:12 video]
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TOPICS: History; Humor; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: classic; comedy; humor; jokes

1 posted on 02/23/2011 12:22:10 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

He had a great line....

I asked a woman for her phone number and she told me she wouldn’t date me if I was the only guy left in the world. I told her, lady, if I was the last guy left in the world, I wouldn’t even let you in line.


2 posted on 02/23/2011 12:24:35 PM PST by misterrob (Thug Life....now showing at a White House near you....)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I don’t know about great. Emo is more along the lines of bizarre and mildly fascinating while high.


3 posted on 02/23/2011 12:25:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: misterrob

I like when Emo said-

“People come up to me... concerned... that I’ll reproduce” lol

And “I’m a great lover... I’ll bet”


4 posted on 02/23/2011 12:28:45 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: cripplecreek

I still take that as a thumbs-up lol


5 posted on 02/23/2011 12:30:25 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

There’s definitely something to be said for originality and Emo definitely has it.

He came along at the perfect time.


6 posted on 02/23/2011 12:32:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: misterrob
He had a great line.... I asked a woman for her phone number and she told me she wouldn’t date me if I was the only guy left in the world. I told her, lady, if I was the last guy left in the world, I wouldn’t even let you in line.

I liked the one where he asks a girl in a bar if she wants to come back to his place. She says, "Oooh, do you have cable?". He says, "No, I think the ropes will be strong enough."
7 posted on 02/23/2011 12:34:24 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: BikerJoe

“I was walking down the street, something caught my eye, and dragged it 15 feet.”

From the song, Downer’s Grove.

(I saw Emo in person!)


8 posted on 02/23/2011 12:37:47 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

If I had to choose one comedian who actually made me laugh, he would be at the top of my list.


9 posted on 02/23/2011 12:41:10 PM PST by ZGuy
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To: Reaganite Republican

On a radio interview a while back....

“I weight 165 pounds stark naked.”

“At least that’s what the scale at the bus station says.”


10 posted on 02/23/2011 12:41:46 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Reaganite Republican

Don’t go near the basement door, Emo...


11 posted on 02/23/2011 12:42:02 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 764 of our national holiday from reality. - It's almost 3 AM)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Never particularly cared for him. Maybe it’s guilt by association. I new a guy in college who looked like that, on purpose, a whack-job Psych major and a manipulative SOB, according to his friends, which surprisingly he had. (The guy at school, not Emo, although some people called him “Emo”.)


12 posted on 02/23/2011 12:53:51 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Anyone who can be funny without going “blue” (very vulgar) derserves credit. Must of them cannot be funny unless it gets really disgusting.

Emo could be funny without going “blue.”


13 posted on 02/23/2011 12:55:19 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Tanniker Smith
But sometimes his logic was impeccable:
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
14 posted on 02/23/2011 12:57:25 PM PST by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

“Great”? Hmmm, his material was funny, but he’s just toooo weird. Sometimes gimmicks work against ya.


15 posted on 02/23/2011 12:58:18 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I have a sudden urge to eat some cole slaw.


16 posted on 02/23/2011 1:01:15 PM PST by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline, please contact the board administrator.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

My cousin just died. He was only 19. He got stung by a bee-
the natural enemy of the tightrope walker. - Emo Phillips


17 posted on 02/23/2011 1:04:32 PM PST by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!”
He said, “Nobody loves me.”
I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?”
He said, “Yes.”
I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?”
He said, “A Christian.”
I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?”
He said, “Protestant.”
I said, “Me, too! What franchise?”
He said, “Baptist.”
I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?”
He said, “Northern Baptist.”
I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”
He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.”

I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?”
He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.”

I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?”

He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.”

I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.


18 posted on 02/23/2011 1:15:42 PM PST by kidd
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To: netmilsmom
(I saw Emo in person!)

Cool! I did too.

Have some more cole slaw.

(I can't believe I remember all this stuff!)
19 posted on 02/23/2011 1:16:40 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: ZGuy

Not that many can do that- agreed, he’s got it


20 posted on 02/23/2011 1:47:22 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Emo was a strange comic who once in a while had a good zinger.
The worst comic in my book was George Carlin in his later years. Came across as another pissed off angry atheist who thought that if you cursed enough during your routine the audience would overlook your lack of funny material.


21 posted on 02/23/2011 2:10:18 PM PST by chuckee
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To: BikerJoe

lol!

I went straight to YouTube from this post.


22 posted on 02/23/2011 2:11:56 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: stylecouncilor

Emo ping


23 posted on 02/23/2011 4:13:56 PM PST by windcliff
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To: kidd

When Emo was going to move out of his parents home,His Dad says,”I’m going to miss you.”
Emo says,”I know you are Dad,I tampered with the sights on your rifle.”


24 posted on 02/23/2011 5:15:13 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Reaganite Republican

“When I was a little boy, my parents moved the family to a new state...I didn’t find them again until 2 yrs later, when I was 6”

“When I was a little boy, I remember we used to have a cat, and this cat had a litter of kittens, and my father put them into a sack and took them down to the lake. I cried and cried - because I couldn’t make them skip”


25 posted on 02/24/2011 11:24:01 AM PST by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I know this is an older thread, but I heard an Emo clip yesterday that was perfect for FR:

I took my grandmother to the emergency room. The doctor said that she was on an artificial life support system, and that although her brain was dead her heart was still beating. I thought, “We’ve never had a democrat in the family before.” ~ Emo Philips


26 posted on 10/12/2012 1:43:20 PM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

Emo is hilarious, I still get constant traffic on the RR post this thread is linked too... nobody forgot him.

I might have to post that Emo Democrat joke on my site too sometime lol

Thx Kidd


27 posted on 10/12/2012 10:01:59 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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