Short version of this post: who are some good stand-up comedians? Longer version: The state of stand-up today is miserable. The problem is that there is a HUGE market for more comedians, but nobody is stepping up to the plate. The entire scene is an untapped gold mine for whoever can be the next Mitch Hedberg. I like well thought-out comedy, and anyone who has ever listened to Mitch, Brian Regan, or some of George Carlin's material (from his younger days) knows what I'm talking about. Dane Cook just annoys me. I had high hopes for him, but after listening to two of his albums, I don't think I can stand another 10-minute monologue about a clitoris, a bizarre sexual fetish, or a parade of the words "f***" or "s***" in different parts of speech. Brian Regan doesn't seem to be putting out any material lately, and Mitch Hedberg is dead. Are there any other comedians more cerebral than Dane Cook that don't rely on people being shocked to laugh?