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North by Nortwest - Paula Poundstone Live!

Paula Poundstone is a crowd work comedy magician. North by Northwest, a 2 CD set from HighBridge Audio more than proves that nobody is better at working a crowd, thinking on her feet, and being funny than Poundstone and that she is absolutely unique. This comedy album features two shows. One was recorded in Wisconsin, the other in Oregon. Even a comedy veteran like myself will be impressed by this album.Roughly 80% of North by Northwest is Poundstone simply chatting ... More

Family Highs

Family Highs is a solid comedy album. If you are familiar with gay comics, you will recognize some of the tropes of the genre such as getting married means gays have as little sex as straight people. Fortunately, Michael goes beyond these usual topics and has some very funny and memorable bits so raises this MP3 album way above the gay comic etiquette.There is a great story about taking a hot yoga class and the women fart orchestra. The rescue ... More

Boxed Wine

Comic Darlene Westgor comes across as a forty-something suburb dwelling single mom who has lived a little and is a little angry about the experience so far. It makes for some very funny and entertaining stand-up and makes her a comic you can easily relate to.Boxed Wine opens with a strong bit that sets up both Westgor's persona, the suburb she lives in, and how her neighbors perceive her as a threat. Suburban life also means garage, exercise equipment, and ... More

Live at Webster Hall

Comedy Central Records is set to release the latest comedy CD or video from Big Jay Oakerson, "Live at Webster Hall," on June 21, 2016.Those familiar with my reviews will note that I often (perhaps, too often) refer to comics as "one of my favorites."  I suppose that when you refer to so many different comics as one of your "favorites," that word begins to lose a bit of its meaning.  In my case, though, I am just a huge ... More

Top 5 Simpsons Episodes

The Simpsons is one of the all-time most beloved shows, captivating millions for 25 years, and with 26 series’ and 565 episodes under its belt, it is better than ever. Everybody has their favourite classic Simpsons episodes, but which have we picked as the top 5? Check out our choices below.Who Shot Mr Burns? - 1995Technically this classic was a two-parter, marking the last episode ... More

Contextually Inadequate

The cover has been photoshopped: a lapel mic would have been more than sufficient. UPDATE: The morons at Google made us take down the picture of the cover because it was not "family friendly"  That their search engine logarithm has been screwing us over for the last 5 years has nothing to do with our decision to comply. That said, Jim Norton's 2016 comedy CD or DVD Contextually Inadequate is excellent through and through. Norton has always been a very ... More

Casual Encounters

The premise of Casual Encounters and the fact it stars a Saturday Night Live cast member (Taran Killam) left me a bit dubious. In fact, this story about a pretty decent romcom about a guy who gets dumped and under pressure from work buddies gets on a dating site and goes through various strange dates is a lot fun to watch. The situations are original and though bizarre, believable. If you've ever been part of the dating scene and / ... More

The Jim Gaffigan Show Season 1

The Jim Gaffigan Show is an excellent sitcom. It is also really hard to pigeonhole. The comedy focuses on positive family values but some of the language and incidents are adult oriented and the focus of the stories is on the adults in the show and their misadventures. Though Gaffigan sometimes comes across as a stand-up comic who does rather facile material, the story lines featured in the 11 Season One episodes of The Jim Gaffigan Show are quite original, ... More

Tiny Idiot

Tiny Idiot by Derek Sheen smashes through the babble of comedy albums being released these days and affirms its originality.  Aside from the supposedly funny, and self-indulgent if you ask me, answering machine message intro and outro everything here is worthy of repeated listening. This is an album that will always sound fresh. The rest of this review is a feeble attempt to get across what kind of stand-up Sheen does that does not really do it justice. The only ... More

Hot In Cleveland - Season 6

As Melanie mentions at the opening of Hot In Cleveland Season 6, Season 5 ended with Joy (Jane Leeves) having to pick between three proposals, Victoria won an Oscar, and Elka (Betty White) was elected on Cleveland City Council. The first episode of the last season of this very entertaining situation comedy resolves these hanging plot points so the show can move on. Though I had found this sitcom getting long in the tooth in season 5, season 6 features ... More

Newfie Octopus

Derek Seguin is an original. Not only because he is a Quebecois comic doing stand-up in English but because there is something different about how he believes life approaches him. The first thing you will notice about Seguin is he sounds like the Looney Tunes' Blacque Jacque Shellaque. It makes for an interesting stage persona: it allows him to be as ribald as he wants because English swear words to not mean anything in French and it gives him a ... More

Marriage Material

Cameron Esposito’s "Marriage Material" is her third full-length album, and also her first video special.  The album version is available on most streaming sites, and for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.  The video version is, at least as of the time of this writing, exclusive to SeeSo, NBC's new streaming comedy service.Esposito is definitely in the crop of my favorite young comics working today.  Those who read a lot of my reviews may recognize that I frequently refer to comics ... More