HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Bill Burr attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Netflix's New Film "Blonde" at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 13, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

We all have a favorite comedian or a short list of favorites. Right now for me it’s probably Bill Burr (fave in Massachusettes), but some others that I could watch anywhere, anytime are Norm MacDonald, Gilbert Gottfried, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Shane Co. thought it might interesting to find out each state’s favorite comedian. They conducted a study based on google trends and discover while there are a couple overall favorites two comedians stand out and were the clear favorites. Eddie Murphy and Kevin Hart were runaway winners. Murphy was the top choice in six states including Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennesee and Virginia. Hart won in five, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and North Carolina, but not in his home state of Pennsylvania. The winner in Pa was surprising, Bill Cosby took that state. There was also plenty of love for some classic comedians. Names like Norm MacDonald, Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey all found their way onto the list.

The list of treasured comedians also broke it down into regions. The Midwest preferred Norm MacDonald while Eddie Murphy was tops in the south. Jim Carrey (number one in four states) and Taylor Tomlinson (number one in three states) tied for the top choice in the west, and Robert Klein (number one in three states) is the comedian of choice in the Northeast including Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

Some of the other comics that made the list of state favorites were Roseann Barr, Sam Kinison, Mitch Hedberg, Daniel Tosh, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, Elaine Boosler, Jonathan Winters and Garry Shandling.

It was interesting to see that there are some very popular comedians, like Dominic Maniscalco, George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld and Richard Pryor that didn’t make the list at all.

For the full list and all of the breakdowns click here.


Free Tickets to Concert for Live TV Taping in Basking Ridge

Led by Founder and Artistic Director George Marriner Maull, The Discovery Orchestra makes a welcome return to the concert stage for an exploration of French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ epic masterwork Symphony No. 3 in C Minor (the “Organ” Symphony). The orchestra, based in Summit, NJ has introduced millions around the world to the joys of listening to classical music is offering free tickets to individuals and groups to the Sunday, September 18, concert, which will be taped for broadcast for PBS in its sixth national public television special.

Featuring a 90-piece orchestra and taped at the Hauser Auditorium at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Discover Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony is projected to begin a three-year national distribution by American Public Television in May 2023. Comprised of a diverse roster of virtuoso musicians, The Discovery Orchestra introduces classical music to the masses through entertaining and informative interactive performances, or Discovery Concerts. Its television specials are Emmy Award-nominated and Telly Award-winning and include Bach to the Future, Discover Beethoven’s 5th, Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Fall in Love with Music and Discover The Firebird. Discover Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony will feature New Jersey-based organist Mark Miller and New York concert master Peter Winograd. Composed in 1886 and premiered the same year in London, the majestic masterpiece was such an overwhelming success that Saint-Saëns was quoted as saying, “I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.” In this one-hour special led by Maull, The Discovery Orchestra will share an interactive exploration of the breathtaking Finale of Symphony No. 3, which was musically adapted for use in the score for the 1995 family film Babe and its 1998 sequel Babe: Pig in the City. “The Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 Finale is one of the most uplifting compositions ever written by any composer, and we aim to transport audiences into the heart of this piece for a powerful boost to everyone navigating these most difficult times,” said Maull.
Free tickets for individuals and groups of up to 25 are available at discoveryorchestra.org/discover-saint-saensor or 973-379-2200.

  • Maestro George Marriner Maull

    George Marriner Maull

    Credit: L.D. Bright

  • Organist Mark Miller

    Organist Mark Miller

    Credit: J.D. Bright

  • Concertmaster and First Violinist Peter Winograd

    Peter Winograd

    Credit: J.D. Bright