Deacon Gray: “Revival of the Fittest” (Review)

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While Los Angeles and New York City remain the two main hubs of comedy in the United States, there are talented, dedicated comedians that have managed to work the road across the country and not transplant their entire lives over to either coast. Unfortunately, the sacrifice that many such comics make is that notoriety and exposure is much harder to come by– even if its deserved. Hailing from Denver, comedian Deacon Gray is such a case.

With his new album, Revival of the Fittest, Gray proves his act can appeal to both broader sensibilities as well as those more inclined towards dark, intellectual humor. He also proves that, ultimately, he needs to be seen and heard by more people. On Revival, Gray mixes live stand-up, sketches, stories, and even commentary on his own album; it all amounts to a welcome departure from most stand-up releases, which are usually assembled from the best parts of three or four consecutive live shows over the run of a weekend. The Oklahoma City native offers up a succinct, entertaining album, which thematically revolves around his identity as both a Christian and a comic, but not a Christian comic.

Deacon Gray — “Centurion 2000″ by Laughspin

Unflinching in subject matter, he hilariously explores seemingly every facet of being raised Christian (his brothers are preachers!) while living life as a touring comedian. On one sketch on Revival, his manager calls Gray and says about having his religion and job title being mutually exclusive: “Why split hairs?” And this concept is further explored within the album’s inside artwork, occupied by a cartoonish map of a Church complex that houses a comedy club. In the end, Gray makes a consistently funny album peppered with poignant social commentary; it’s smart without being snooty and fun without being lazy.

You can download Revival of the Fittest on iTunes or — and this is what we recommend — snag yourself a physical copy with the aforementioned artwork from CDBaby.com.

About the Author

Jake Kroeger

Jake Kroeger has dedicated his life, for better or probably worse, to comedy. Starting and continually running the Comedy Bureau, a voice for LA comedy, by himself, he also writes and performs stand-up comedy in LA and watches more live comedy than is probably humanly tolerable. He's been a daily contributor to Punchline Magazine, now Laughspin.com because he loves and believes in comedy so much. Said of Kroeger, "...without his dangerously insane, unhealthy work ethic, certain comics would not have any press at all."

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