Ben Kronberg | Stand Up Comedy in VR | Live @ The Apt

Ben Kronberg | Stand Up Comedy in VR | Live @ The Apt

Ben Kronberg performs stand-up in virtual reality at Live @ The Apt, a stand-up comedy show filmed live in NYC apartments.

About Ben Kronberg:
Stand-up comedian and actor Ben Kronberg has performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show,” and he was a contestant on season eight of the NBC reality competition show “Last Comic Standing.” Kronberg has also appeared on the MTV series “I Just Want My Pants Back” and on the YouTube web series “I Hate Being Single.” In 2013, he starred in his own half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central.

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Robin Williams Wittiest Stand Up Comedy

Robin Williams Wittiest Stand Up Comedy

Williams began his career doing stand-up comedy shows in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1970s. His first performance took place at the Holy City Zoo, a comedy club in San Francisco, where he worked his way up from tending bar to getting on stage. In the 1960s, San Francisco was a center for a rock music renaissance, hippies, drugs, and a sexual revolution, and in the 1970s, Williams helped lead its “comedy renaissance,” writes critic Gerald Nachman. Williams says he found out about “drugs and happiness” during that period, adding that he saw “the best brains of my time turned to mud.”

He moved to Los Angeles and continued doing stand-up shows at various clubs, including the Comedy Club, in 1977, where TV producer George Schlatter saw him. Schlatter, realizing that Williams would become an important force in show business, asked him to appear on a revival of his Laugh-In show. The show aired in late 1977 and became his debut TV appearance. Williams also performed a show at the LA Improv that same year for Home Box Office. While the Laugh-In revival failed, it led Williams into a career in television, during which period he continued doing stand-up at comedy clubs, such as the Roxy, to help him keep his improvisational skills sharp.

Williams has credited other comedians with having influenced and inspired him, including Jonathan Winters, Peter Sellers, Nichols and May, and Lenny Bruce. He attributed their influence to their ability to attract a more intellectual audience by using a higher level of wit. He also liked Jay Leno for his quickness in ad-libbing comedy routines, and Sid Caesar, whose acts he felt were “precious.”

Jonathan Winters became his “idol” early in life; Williams first saw him on television at …