If comedy were a science, then maybe the Albert Einstein would have changed his name to Albert Brooks and been an ingenious funnyman instead of a brilliant physicist! (Or maybe he would have combined both professions and still invented the atomic bomb — a devastating weapon that obliterates cities and kills comedy careers.)
But there is no formula, hee-hee does not equal MC + Headliner (squared), the point of the often hilarious Comedy by the Numbers, an audio version of the deadpan, dead-on parody book of the same name by Eric Hoffman and Gary Rudoren.
An all-star team of comedians, including Matt Besser, David Cross, Zach Galifianakis, Janeane Garafalo, Andy Kindler, Jay Johnston, Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, Greg Proops and Sarah Silverman, spends about an hour reciting, ripping and mocking the conventions of stand-up comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.
The “Book-on-Tape CD” from ASpecialThing Records is funnier than a squirrel on water skis (which is Rule No. 1 of Comedy: Animals Doing Human Things Is Funny). And though hard to believe, it’s funnier than 100 U.S. Senators sitting on suppositories (Rule No. 104: Political jokes plus Rule No. 69: Medications and Their Side Effects).
Purchase Comedy by the Numbers at aspecialthing.com.