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    Quote Originally Posted by Avis View Post
    Doesn't anybody know any INFP around, or at least an INF_?
    I know that entertainment isn't exactly made for introverts - but there has to be at least someone. Maybe a comedic writer?
    Well, re: INFPs--we typically express our comedic sensibilities as comic actors and writers rather than as pure "comedians" (stand-up comics, etc.). For example...

    INFP actor in comedic role: YouTube - Fasttimes at Ridgemont High Sean Penn You Dick scene
    Same actor in non-comedic role: YouTube - Dead Man Walking - Execution

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    Quote Originally Posted by wren View Post
    bill cosby could be enfj but i'm more inclined to think him a freeflowing perceptive type rather than like those you know whats
    I believe him to be an ENFJ, but I am not absolutely certain of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noigmn View Post
    I've never seen Kaufman typed as anything else. He epitomises the ENFP mind let loose. What type would you think instead?
    His humor methods were very adaptive/utilitarian, trying to get a rise out of people and not caring if people hated him for it. That doesn't seem very NF at all. I feel similarly about some of the other people listed in this thread. If Kaufman's antics were for experimenting with people's reactions, then I could see him being NT, if it was only for his own amusement and that of others who dig it, then I'm inclined to think SP.

    Also, from what I've read about him, he didn't seem very extroverted at all, he had sudden bursts of energy but was not socially-energized at all, maybe energized by an audience when performing, but that's a whole different thing. He had a close circle of friends and didn't seem to make many new ones. Very few people seemed to know the "real Andy."

    He was good at playing people for fools, he would make up stories about his childhood as he went along and have people believing he was telling the truth, but then family members or people who knew him would say none of it was true.
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    I did a search and found another thread on a forum that focused on type and comedians: Typing Comedians [Archive] - ENTP - The Inventors It lists quite a few types with thoughts.

    INFP: Richard Pryor, David Chappelle, Woody Allen

    This type is probably my favorite kind because I find them the most creative. ENTP comedians sound like myself expressing my own views on things (so to me, it's less entertaining), I can sense them trying to force their views on me (luckily I agree, so I love ENTP comedians as well). But the INFP raises comedy to an artform! The INFP comic is the most soulful comic. Similar to ENTP comics,they have a deep moral and social message. But unlike ENTPs, they tend to use more narrative in their humor. They tell stories, they give you an understanding and sympathy of the human condition, the overly analytical ENTPs don't. They are less antagonistic and exhibit far more vulnerability. They have less developed political or philosophical stances (in terms of logical expression); but they deeply care about those issues. There material is less ego driven. It's more affirming and accepting of others, even the stupid people (as the ENTPs describe them).
    I thought that was interesting. (Not sure if those are correct typings however.) In my spare time, I've been working on a stand-up monologue. What I've found is that I tell stories to create situations that are humorous, and weave "jokes" into the story, rather than having a traditional setup/punchline delivery...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffster View Post
    His humor methods were very adaptive/utilitarian, trying to get a rise out of people and not caring if people hated him for it. That doesn't seem very NF at all. I feel similarly about some of the other people listed in this thread. If Kaufman's antics were for experimenting with people's reactions, then I could see him being NT, if it was only for his own amusement and that of others who dig it, then I'm inclined to think SP.

    Also, from what I've read about him, he didn't seem very extroverted at all, he had sudden bursts of energy but was not socially-energized at all, maybe energized by an audience when performing, but that's a whole different thing. He had a close circle of friends and didn't seem to make many new ones. Very few people seemed to know the "real Andy."

    He was good at playing people for fools, he would make up stories about his childhood as he went along and have people believing he was telling the truth, but then family members or people who knew him would say none of it was true.
    Hmm... I'm yet to see anything he did that worries me rather than cracks me up. Maybe there's another group of NFs who find it offensive .
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    George Carlin is ENTP personified! I should think Russell Brand is, too. ENTPs tend to be more analytical and insensitive, and less forgiving or sympathetic than ENFPs.

    Sasha Baron Cohen strikes me as an INTP- as a general rule I find that people with personas, costumes or secret identities tend to be more of the introverted sort. Your thoughts?

    I'm thinking Eddie Izzard and Dara O' Briain = ENFP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fecal McAngry View Post
    MANY ENFPs! ENFPs are THE comedic NF type.

    George Carlin - ENFP
    Tracey Ullman - ENFP
    The late, great Gildna Radner - ENFP (Gene Wilder is an INFJ, btw)
    Eddie Murphy - ENFP
    Sasha Baron Cohen - ENFP
    Russell Brand - ENFP
    Dana Carvey - ENFP
    Mike Myers - ENFP
    The late, great Bill Hicks - ENFP (and a fave): YouTube - Bill Hicks - JFK
    And so on...
    I think Stephen Colbert belongs on that list too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noigmn View Post
    I've never seen Kaufman typed as anything else. He epitomises the ENFP mind let loose. What type would you think instead?
    I've seen him typed as ISFp (Socionics). Seems about right to me for MBTI as well.

    And Bill Cosby is ESFJ. I mean... what type do you think that someone who causes controversy over criticizing others' parenting and telling others what they "should do" is likely to be? ENFP or ESFJ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren Ashley View Post
    I've seen him typed as ISFp (Socionics)... seems about right to me.

    And Bill Cosby is ESFJ. I mean... what type do you think that someone who causes controversy over criticizing others' parentings and telling others what they "should do" is likely to be? ENFP or ESFJ?
    Believe it or not, when an ESFJ is not being portrayed as stereotypically overbearing, (especially when they're younger) I find that they are often mistyped as ENFP. But generally, SJs are not funny at all so therefore Bill Cosby is not an SJ.

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