With his high-energy delivery and unpretentious leanings, there’s not a lot to dislike about comedian Ryan Singer. And it’s not just us saying it: In the last few years, he’s won over audiences headlining the nation’s finer comedy clubs and was hailed by Marc Maron in Rolling Stone as a comedian “who should be big.” And, to our joy, he’s just released his second full-length album Comedy Wonder Town through Stand Up! Records, offering a hilarious reprieve from which one simply does not want to return.
“Here’s a rule about Comedy Wonder Town,” Singer announces near the start of the album. “You have to keep an open heart and an open mind. Some of this shit might get a little weird, but I’m always going to throw you a life preserver in the shape of a dick joke.”
Throughout the album’s 24 tracks, the Ohio-bred, Los Angeles-based comedian proves to be an incredibly articulate and versatile performer, often showcasing his vocal range, cutting into characters when the jokes call for it. Singer’s transitions are so subtle that you haven’t realized he’s changed topics until three punch lines later. He also takes care to seamlessly integrate traditional jokes with personal stories, like the ones he relates about hanging out with his single parents. It seems Dad’s a little crass and Mom is a bit of a dude magnet, which puts Singer in the awkward position as a cock-blocker at bars. “No tickets to paradise will be purchased through this box office tonight,” Singer tells a rather forward would-be suitor.
The deeper into the set he gets, the deeper Singer’s topics become, like when he ruminates on his biological clock or on his station in life: “I am a luxury,” he asserts. “Let me explain that. I am not a necessity in this society; I don’t know how to do shit.” (Listen below)
Whether he’s gleefully considering his illogical love for small-town white trash women or defending artistic Neanderthal boys or lobbying for the proper usage of swear words, Singer’s material is never forced, never contrived and always fun. Also, there are dick jokes.