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  1. My clothes smell terrible after hours of burgers on the grill.
  2. The grass is always for you, isn't it? You will never be satisfied.
  3. It's my mother's cooking.
  4. Both of the photographs are amazing. I think it's a .
  5. You're really funny. You should do comedy.
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686 Cool Comedians
Ken and Wendi talk about famous comedians in the United States.

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a draw between

It's a draw between Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, if you ask who my favorite comic is.

When there is a 'draw' between two competitors, it means that they are equal or even in terms of points. It's the same as saying there is a tie. Notice the following:

  1. For my favorite place that I've been, it's a draw between Greece and Turkey.
  2. The best kind of food is a draw between Indian and Thai.

hard to top

Chris Rock is totally funny and he's hard to top.

'Hard to top' means difficult to beat or conquer. Ken is saying that it is difficult to be funnier than Chris Rock. Notice the following:

  1. Whitney Houston's singing voice was hard to top.
  2. It's hard to top some of the Will Ferrell movies.

flipping burgers

I don't know what he does anymore, if he's an actor now or he's flipping burgers.

'Flipping burgers' is an informal way to say that someone is working at a fast food restaurant. It can also be used to mean 'cooking hamburgers.' Notice the following:

  1. He flipped burgers at McDonald's all through high school.
  2. I never thought I would be 24 years old and still flipping burgers.


When he was doing the Chapelle Show, a couple of his stand-ups came out.

For comics, a 'stand-up' is a comic act that they do in front of an audience. Notice the following:

  1. Do you ever go to see stand-up comedy?
  2. The stand-up he did when he was really young is the best.

the grass is greener

It's like the whole grass is greener concept, where you have to work really hard.

'The grass is greener' is used to say that you always want what you don't have. Even if your life is pretty perfect, you can look at someone else's life and think that it is better than yours, then if you work hard to get what they have, you will want something else. Notice the following:

  1. You have a beautiful house and a good job. It's a grass is greener situation, because you would never really want his life.
  2. Many people think they would like to be celebrities, because they would like to be rich. I think it's kind of a grass is greener situation.