Likes: George Carlin, quick-witted humor, outrageously bad puns, dark humor. Favorite TV comedies include Becker, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Fawlty Towers. Favorite movie comedies include Blazing Saddles, Airplane!, Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Dislikes: mean practical jokes -- pranks which cause considerable embarrassment or discomfort or pain to the person targeted.
I know I'm in the minority, but I never thought "Seinfeld" was funny at all. Don't find movies like "Dumb and Dumber", "Ace Ventura", "There's Something About Mary", etc, and the like, funny either. Can't stand Ben Stiller or Will Farrell.
I'll stop what I'm doing to watch Monty Python, though. Or George Carlin.
Eddie Izzard is someone I'd love to see live. I've watched most of his stand-up specials multiple times. I find him hilarious.
I've had the amazing good fortune to get insulted by Don Rickles during a Vegas show, and I got to see Sam Kinison live. Even got to see Jay Leno live, back in the 80s when he was still funny.
Comedy is best, I think, when jokes are unexpected. Sometimes I find something funny, but no one else does (I once went to a comedy club in Syracuse, and did not laugh once the entire evening...I thought some of the jokes were clever, but nothing was laugh-out-loud funny)...The Colbert Report and The Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson used to be great. Drunk History on Comedy Central is really good. What really turns me off (or, literally, the television) is when a comedian has a single focus based entirely on what they are: Black comedians talking about crack dealers and 'the projects', women talking for 20 minutes about childbirth and menstruating, gay/lesbian comics talking about the gay lifestyle, etc. Eddie Izzard doesn't beat you to death with his being a transvestite, and Ellen DeGeneres (in her standup) doesn't mention that she's a lesbian, yet they are both funny. Maybe that's the difference between being a comedian and someone who just talks on stage for 45 minutes...
That's how I feel about Hangover. The only funny scenes included Ken Jeong. The rest felt like it was written by a 15yr old who got drunk for the first time.
My favorite comedies include White Chicks, We're the Millers, The Other Guys. Classics like Blazing Saddles are great too.
I watched Kat Williams and got nothing from his standup. I understood what he was saying, but came to the conclusion that his fans are responding to his expressions, body language, and intonation, not to the content of his comedy. I prefer humor that is unexpected and dark. Anthony Jeselnik is one of the few examples of someone who manages to catch me off guard frequently. Greg Giraldo was another. Funny, twisted jokes, fully irreverent.