Marc Maron’s “This Has to Be Funny”
Marc Maron continues to amaze me with just how firm and unique his grasp on comedy is. I first encountered Maron through his incredibly popular podcast WTF With Marc Maron. I quickly discovered that, while we are almost nothing alike, he is simply so... [Read More]
Marc Unger’s “Dirty Truth”
Marc Unger is a veteran comedian who has performed in some of the nation’s top comedy clubs. He has also made a number of TV appearances, most notably on the hit NBC sitcom Friends and NBC’s Friday Night Videos. Currently he can be heard in the Balti... [Read More]
Review: Tom Papa’s ‘Live in New York City’ is a satisfying slab of honest comedy
It’s been six years since the comedy world has had access to a new, proper Tom Papa album. And even then, although it was excellent, his album Calm, Cool & Collected was only 35 minutes! Boo! Also, hiss. Luckily, it’s not like Papa has been gone... [Read More]
Andres du Bouchet’s “Naked Trampoline Hamlet”
Comedian Andres du Bouchet has delivered his debut album in conjunction with Rooftop Comedy Productions entitled Naked Trampoline Hamlet. Bouchet, a staff writer for Conan O’Brien since 2008, has a booming voice that fits his many personalities... [Read More]
Carlos Mencia’s ‘New Territory’ Puts a Better Perspective on America
Comedian Carlos Mencia uses the power of perspective in his new stand-up routine New Territory. In a unique way he reminds his American audience how good we really have it. Before Mencia released New Territory he starred on Comedy Central’s Min... [Read More]
T.J. Miller, “No Real Reason” (DVD) and “The Extended Play EP” (CD)
T.J. Miller put out two comedy projects of more than an hour each under his name in 2011, a CD ("The Extended Play EP") and a DVD ("No Real Reason"). But you only need to buy one. The 41-track CD is a joke on music. Intended to be a meta statement on... [Read More]
Doug Stanhope, “Oslo — Burning the Bridge to Nowhere”
Unlike any comedy DVD you've seen before, Doug Stanhope opens his 2011 release, "Oslo - Burning the Bridge to Nowhere," with a taped introductory message, sitting behind a desk or table with a pint of beer, and pulling back the curtain on the "magic"... [Read More]
Tig Notaro, “Good One”
Tig Notaro's "Good One" wound up on multiple best-of lists in 2011. The CD certainly opens with a bang, as Notaro is brought onstage by good friend Sarah Silverman (how many stand-up comedians can match that starpower in an introduction?), and in les... [Read More]
Patton Oswalt, “Finest Hour”
Patton Oswalt has reached that level of success where he's compelled to say up top, "Nothing I'm going to say will live up to that!" to lessen the audience's expectations. Which doesn't matter because the opening applause is but one of many breaks du... [Read More]
Jim Norton, “Despicable”
Can you separate the Jim Norton you hear on Opie & Anthony's radio show from the Jim Norton you see on Jay Leno's Tonight Show from the Jim Norton you may have read about in either of his best-selling books of essays? Of course. In "Despicable," ... [Read More]