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As I was doing my usual evening phone scrolling last night, you know, once I’d closed down the bigger screen and moved to the smaller one, I came across a trending tweet about Mitch Hedberg’s comedy.

“Whats the first Mitch Hedberg joke that pops into your mind?”

“I was walking down the street with my friend and he said ‘I hear music,’ as though there’s any other way to take it in. ‘You’re not special. That’s how I receive it too... I tried to taste it, but it did not work.’”

I can clearly remember his unique cadence and tone from when I first heard the joke. His delivery was unlike that of any other comic I’ve ever watched / listened to, probably because he was higher than a kite onstage.

Anyway, my mind on comedy, I let it wander. I arrived on “the seven words you can never say on television,” the iconic bit from George Carlin. And I found myself wondering what those words would be nowadays after all the cultural shifts and improvements we’ve been through since he originated the joke. I’m not going to go into what the new list of seven words included because I’d like to retain my ability to run and write for TSF.

I don’t go to many live comedy shows, even in the Before Times. I did see Patton Oswalt a few years ago, and he was pretty funny. His routine, at least that particular one, had a strong dose of observational humor, which apparently is my cup of tea.

But as you can see from Mitch Hedberg and George Carlin being the two comics that first came to mind for me, I’m not really up to date on the standup scene. Do y’all have any comics you enjoy these days?