Throughout the nearly 40 minutes of comedy on her new album, Put Your Keys in the Keybowl, comedian Lisa Landry creates a place where the concept of femininity doesn’t necessarily adhere to society’s stereotypes about what a female is. It’s a place where the woman — or at least, Landry — doesn’t always have the right answers; she’s the one making the bad decisions, smoking pot and spending way too much time drinking beer, watching Law & Order and eating Dorito — in other words, all the things that usually make dudes tragically funny characters.
Not that Landry is tragic; she’s far from it. And it’s not that Landry isn’t feminine; she is. She just has a great ability to exploit her inner guy to hilarious effect. One of the main ways she succeeds in doing this is by sculpting her husband into the perfect foil: He’s “the one that got the MBA from the Ivy League School; he wanted to get married and she wanted to just live together; he wanted a baby and she wanted a cat; he’s the one that bought her a keybowl; she’s the one always losing her keys; he likes to hug and cuddle; she likes to have sex.
Articulate and strong-voiced, Landry’s native Louisiana drawl is mixed with a slight almost urban inflection, perhaps from her years living in New York City, where she currently resides. She drops the occasional “fuck” and its variations but only when appropriate; she plays with the crowd just enough to keep ears pricked and minds engaged and while you could classify the bulk of her material as edgy, that edge never overwhelms her punch lines.
And while she does slip in some heavily worn stand-up concepts for quick laughs -– sex disappears after marriage, she’d like to be skinnier, hubby cums too early -– it’s not nearly enough to distract you from the fact that Landry is an incredibly skilled jokesmith, a controlling presence onstage and a master of pacing and delivery.
Buy the album on iTunes or at LisaLandry.com.