Andy Andrist: Dumb it Down for the Masses

By | January 10, 2006 at 8:04 am | No comments | Reviews

andrist200.jpgNo matter how anti-status quo we consider typical alternative comics today, the truth is they rarely turn on their audience so much that they make the customers cringe or squirm in their seats. Although listeners can’t see the audience at the Skyline Comedy Club in Appleton, Wisc., on Andy Andrist’s Dumb It Down for the Masses, you get the feeling that in addition to laughing heartily, the people are doing plenty of cringing and squirming.

Though Andrist spends too much time at the start of his set getting cheap laughs by imitating retarded people or using retarded people as the punch lines of his jokes — frat boy comedy at its best (or worst) — he does largely redeem himself through the rest of the performance.

Andrist pays little attention to pacing or timing. But his sauced-up, stream-of-consciousness style fits well with the myriad X-rated thoughts running through his twisted head. He attacks guys in the audience who won’t admit to being “sock jackers” and gives props
to those who fess up.

“Why do you do it?” he asks, before answering , “Because it’s got a hole in one end and it’s easy clean up. And the rest of these guys are fucking liars because they’re trying to impress a girl they’re trying to finger fuck later. But we don’t have to. We can go peel off a shoe and be into some pretty good pussy. And every time you do that, you lose a little chunk of your soul. But I do it.”

The former writer for Comedy Central’s The Man Show also has a poignant solution for ridding the country of pedophiles: send them to war. “Hey, Afghanistan,” he says. “You want your kids fucked in the mouth? That’s how we fight. We don’t fight the conventional war. That’s not our style.”

Pointing out the absurdity of Bible literalists, Andrist also presents
a new interpretation of the book of Leviticus — including the phrases, “fondle his balls” and “plants his seed up in your ass” — that will leave you with a gut that’s totally busted.

About the Author

Dylan P. Gadino

Dylan is the founder and editor in chief of Laughspin. He launched Punchline Magazine in 2005 (which became Laughspin in the summer of 2011) with childhood friend Bill Bergmann. Dylan lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and two sons. He hopes the Shire is real.

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