@BenV - I feel the same about Patton. He's a very pleasant presence on-mic and I find him likable and smart and I like that he's successful but he doesn't make me laugh a whole lot in conversation (although, to be fair, quite a lot of the time it seems like he's not actually trying to). I think it's because he never seems to say anything which surprises me. Doug Benson and Chris Hardwick are the same. Nice guys, fun and funny, but not funnier than your average jokester when it comes to banter.
But then you have your some-kind-of-geniuses like your Howard Kremers and your Tig Notaros. And your Eddie Pepitone, who, even when he's playing pure repulsiveness like he was with Oswalt and Scottabot on this episode, cracks my shit up big time. It's not that every single line was a gem, it's that enough of them were to keep me hanging on. With these people there's a thrill at hearing them be a step or five ahead of what I'm thinking. The thrill of the original thought at the speed of hilarity. The thrill of the unpredictable.