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Workaholics Season 6

The first two episodes of Comedy Central's Workaholics Season 6 feature a who's who of horrible comics: Andy Dick, Pauly Shore, and Dane Cook. The fact this sitcom about three slackers working a call center can rise above these guest says a lot about the show. Workaholics is one of those shows you either get or don't. I do.The show has not changed much since the season 1 episode 1. Anders, Blake, and Adam are thirty-somethings who are content working ... More

Butcher

Rhea Butcher is a comic, lesbian, valet, butch, vegetarian, Target employee, man, thirteen-year old boy, cat lover but dog owner, former Jodie Foster look-alike, hillbillly, only child with lots of board games, and baseball player people think plays softball. All of this is why her comedy album Butcher is so unique and relatable. It is also funny as hell.Being straight (I was born that way so there you go) I have often been a little less interested in comedy albums ... More

Mainstream American Comic

Hari Kondabolu's latest digital album, Mainstream American Comic, is out now on the Kill Rock Stars label.Kondabolu is perhaps best known for his political and social comedy on shows such as the now cancelled Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.  If that is the type of comedy you are looking for, you will certainly find plenty of it on Mainstream American Comic.But, what Kondabolu knows very well (and unfortunately what many political and social comics seem to miss) is that ... More

Not Special

As he admits in one of the tracks on Not Special, Dan Soder has the voice of a serial killer. He also has one hell of a funny story about when he was 8 and  went to Christian summer camp convinced he was the devil. That bit alone is worth the price of this stand-up comedy MP3 album (it is also available as a video). The segments about being raised by a single mom are also worth buying the albumSoder ... More

North by Northwest - Paula Poundstone Live! Brett Watson review

Paula Poundstone is back with a 2 CD set from HighBridge Audio that proves, once and for all, that Poundstone is the undisputed champion of crowd work.The "big names" when it comes to crowd work these days include Big Jay Oakerson, Todd Barry and Dave Attell.  While Poundstone may not be as well known as those three, she should be.  Poundstone is an industry veteran.  I have fond memories and watching Poundstone deliver her act back in the 1980s.  Having ... More

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