It's sometimes difficult to know why some things are funny and others aren't. A kind of tiptoes around the idea of funny without quite getting there, even though it's a colourful story with real comic potential. The animation doesn't help and I appreciate this was done afterwards, and I did find it more immersive and engaging when I listened rather than watched it, although it was still unfunny. I think my main problem is the guy's delivery is too full on, too over emphatic. I don't like stand ups who direct you in this way. It ends up very forced and destroys the humour.
B was the US equivalent of some British 70s comedian in a dickie bow telling jokes about his mother in law. Except the latter would probably have been funnier. I'm sorry but this was truly dire - dated, clichéd and boorish.
A for at least having some vaguely likable qualities.
A seems to be getting a rough ride here, but I thought it was a nice enough riff on the nerdy useless guy under no real threat out in the wilds. I liked it.
B strikes me as a US Ben Elton, borrowing the style and material of better comics. Just doesn't sound genuine, does it, you're not on his side at any point, he's just an irritation who doesn't seem to have the technique to carry it off.
This points out the difference between comics popular a decade or two ago and ones that are big now. Insult and political incorrectness without irony or heart tends to wear thin very quickly. A could be accused of not being "challenging" enough, but that would be silly. Audiences no longer need to be beaten over the head with the punch line; the occasional gentle poke ("Sorry, home schoolers!") or non-aggressive absurdity (the sketch is actually called "I'm a Bear, Etc.," which already makes me laugh) is enough.
That kind of stuff can get too cloying, I guess, but this has just enough edge for me. I'm not a huge David Sedaris fan, but I think overall he might be a positive influence.
Two people I've never heard of. The animation for A was a bit naff, but the story, and the delivery, was pretty good. The material in B just seemed a bit tired, and the guy kept covering up by getting too excitable, and had a tendency to swallow his lines.