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On TODD GLASS TALKS ABOUT STUFF (out this Tuesday on New Wave Dynamics), Todd Glass does indeed, talk about stuff. The 12-track collection of observational comedy is right on the mark - and Glass' spends it ripping into daily stupidity in a good way. From people who love to tell you who you look like (I get that ALL THE TIME) to the idiots that show up to a dinner party with unprepared food, it feels as if you're riding with Glass in a car while discussing the assholes around you.
On their third full-length outing, Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer, and Jorma Taccone - collectively known as THE LONELY ISLAND - break out the jams for a rap album that's hardly wack, despite being called THE WACK ALBUM. As a follow-up to their previous albums, 2009's INCREDIBAD and 2011's TURTLENECK & CHAIN (both of which I own) THE WACK ALBUM is just as good (if not better in places) on a comedic front, but it opens up a weird situation in which THE LONELY ISLAND almost sounds too legit. While being a send-up of current hip-hop, THE WACK ALBUM is easily on-par production-wise with the best of who they're lovingly taking shots at, and the delivery is just so serious that you could picture these guys busting out some non-funny rhymes at some point in the near future.
I bet you weren't aware that NickMom was blatantly copying The Rock Father when they decided to slide some NSFW standup comedy into the programming mix on Nick Jr. Actually, I did it the smart way - keeping the "Comedy For Grownups" hidden just out of sight from the family-friendly goodness of my main site, but easily within reach of parents who want to be entertained with all of the "offensive" comedy they can handle. NickMom just dropped their naughty bits directly in front of families expecting to see DORA THE EXPLORER and YO GABBA GABBA. Doing what I do, I can cover the comedic genius of ANTHONY JESELNIK without people starting petitions and jumping down my throat for "corrupting the children." With his new album, CALIGULA out this week on Comedy Central Records (I reviewed his 2010 release, SHAKESPEARE here), it's time to drop some more virtual ink on the one guy who can open a show with a "rape" joke and have it be ok.
It seems like a lifetime ago that JIMMY FALLON released his first comedy album, THE BATHROOM WALL. Actually, it's been a decade since I purchased that album (I still have it), and now Fallon is finally getting around to album number two. The difference this time around is that 2012 Fallon is the host of LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, a successful late night television program that you've probably watched on occasion. Last time, 2002 Fallon was a Saturday Night Live cast member known for breaking out the acoustic guitar for some musical humor. Instead of prepping an album's worth of new studio tracks, BLOW YOUR PANTS OFF is musical comedy taken directly from his namesake show. Does it deliver? That depends on how much you dig the source material.
It's been over a decade since TENACIOUS D first rocked speakers with their phenomenal debut album, and in that time the duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass have witnessed their comedic musical offspring take a career path much like the bands they've been known to parody. The epic first album followed by a sophomore slump, the backlash, years of inactivity, and finally the inevitable rise from the ashes. It would be pretty funny if this was actually all by design. Ha Ha - the joke's on you, rock critics and music industry!
Originally Published November 15, 2011
Just two months since the release of his 41-track, EXTENDED PLAY E.P., comedian T.J. MILLER is already back on store shelves - this time with NO REAL REASON, his first-ever stand-up special. Taped in his former home state of Colorado (where he lived before getting smart and moving to Chicago, prior to pussing out and moving to L.A.) and released by Comedy Central, NO REAL REASON captures theLEGENDofKARL doing what he does best - making people laugh (except for the lady that gets up mid-show to call him an ''inconsiderate f*ck.'').
Originally Published September 19, 2011
There's a lot of people out there that aren't gonna ''get'' T.J. MILLER's new album, THE EXTENDED PLAY E.P. At 41 tracks and over an hour in length, it's not only not an E.P. - but it's not the standup comedy that he's known for, either. With this album, Miller enters the dangerous world of musical comedy.
Originally Published August 29, 2011
The beauty of DOUG BENSON is his ability to instantly mesh with his audience through a casual delivery that never once sounds forced. Now, there's a good chance that the weed plays a big role in this, as you can hear the smile on Benson's face as if he's a smoking buddy taking a hit from the bong and giving you some humorous commentary as he exhales a hefty blast of THC-enhanced second-hand smoke into the air of a small room that probably lacks proper ventilation. There's a chance you've known such a guy in your lifetime, though a few of you may not fess up to it.
Originally Published August 23, 2011
You know him from THE DAILY SHOW with JON STEWART, and now comedian WYATT CENAC has his first-ever stand-up special in release. Out this week on DVD, CD, and digital download via Comedy Central Records, COMEDY PERSON (reviewed from CD) is an hour of the freshest comedy around - and not just because it's only been available for 24 hours.
Originally Posted August 17, 2011
I'm the 30-something guy that gets called a curmudgeon by his co-workers, yet still has a sense of humor - albeit one of very specific tastes. MARC MARON is the type of comedian that appeals to me for the simple fact that he seems a bit curmudgeonlyhimself. Sure, he's pushing 50 (the new 30, I've heard) and being a tad on the grumpy side might be more acceptable at that age, but the reality is - he's right about his topics.
Originally Published June 20, 2011
'WEIRD AL' YANKOVIC has seen his entire business model crumble in recent years. Not just the typical tale of music industry woes, Yankovic's bread-and-butter has always been the pop music parody, but in a world where something ripe for parody will be handled with immediacy by one of countless YouTube spoofers or within a few days by the crew at Funny or Die, the traditional cycle of all things Al has been severely interrupted.
Originally Posted June 13, 2011
Having missed the original airing of NORM MACDONALD's ME DOING STANDUPearlier this spring, I was happy to find a copy of it's audio companion sitting in my mailbox recently. Out this week on both CD and an extended DVD (featuring 30-minutes of unaired material), via Comedy Central Records, the 10-track set is a perfect collection of the comedian doing what he does best.