Comedian Andrés Du Bouchet’s Naked Trampoline Hamlet is one of the most innovative comedy albums of the last few years. Conan staff writer Du Bouchet has gotten to where he is in the comedy world through his mastery in absurdist humor, which fleshes itself out beautifully on this hour-long album, wherein he performs an packed bag of hilariously colorful characters.
“Danny Yeah Yeah,” “Karl Management of Management Talent Management” and more all make appearances on Naked Trampoline Hamlet combining to make a succinct six-track album. Throughout each character, Du Bouchet showcases both the range and depth of his performance, which is so amazing, it translates through audio alone; there’s no need for an accompanying DVD for this release. Most of his bits are founded far from reality and because of that, and because he’s so enveloped in his execution, Du Bouchet provides a testament to how funny an unbridled imagination can be.
For more old guard comedy fans, It’s certainly a departure from the typical conventions of a comedy album. Even at the beginning of the album, Du Bouchet acts as his own opening act only to go get himself when he really takes the stage. His occasional flights in ludicrous vocabulary and puns juxtaposed next to each other might seem tedious to some, but wholly rewarding to those who listening carefully.
Also, there’s a clear disregard for the mythical must-get-a-laugh-every-seven-seconds rule on Naked Trampoline Hamlet. But as you might have noticed on several contemporary albums in recent memory, that standard is slowly and thankfully phasing out.
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