It’s not offensive that Steve Trevino calls women “fucking bitches” or spends more time than necessary time talking about how insane they are — by now, even casual stand-up fans are numb to crass put-downs. It’s more that there’s little art to the way in which Trevino does these things that makes his act offensive and ultimately not as funny as it could be.
When the Texas native jokes about women who scream “harder!” during sex, you start to realize that Trevino is a screamer himself. In lieu of well-constructed jokes or presenting unique views on traditional stand-up topics — the differences between men and women, the differences between different races, the size of black guys’ dicks — Trevino screams and curses his way through ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how Daddy Does It.
No doubt some of Trevino’s X-rated tirades are funny, like when he compares the way in which rednecks and Mexicans — Trevino is the latter — get their kids’ attention in a crowd: Mexicans whistle; rednecks do the “hooty-hoo.” Tagging the punch line with his best Jeff Foxworthy voice, he says, “You heard the hooty-hoo, Son! Get your fingers out of your sister! It’s not your birthday!” It’s also funny when he talks about masturbating while in his teens — Dad was on to his tactics but Mom wasn’t: “She would say, “Stop blowing your nose in your socks! They’re all stuck together.”
But more times than not, Trevino, who’s currently the main opener for Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia tour, simply describes things that are already funny without adding much to the equation. He’s like the friend who starts all his stories with, “Remember that time…” Sure, there’s a good chance you’ll end up laughing, but there’s nothing unique about the way he tells the story.
If nothing else, Trevino delivers an honest, perverted, profanity-laced set of material. Sometimes that’s good enough to get a few laughs.