As part of the opening bit in Christopher Titus’ latest album, Voice in My Head (Comedy Central), he explains the difference between a “fail” and an “epic fail”: “A ‘fail’ is when your car runs out of gas,” he says. “An ‘epic fail’ is when your car explodes, because you used an old sock for a gas cap.”
Failures of the epic variety just so happen to be Titus’ specialty. Sure, he hasn’t blown up a car with a sock yet (that we know of), but he did total his dream car, a brand new Dodge Viper, thus permanently transforming it into “lawn furniture,” and that’s just one of the many hilarious failures in Titus’ life that he discusses with perfect timing and masterful storytelling. Voice in My Head touches on the tried-but-true comedy stand-by: success isn’t funny, but grand and total failure, especially the kind that involves unknowingly insulting a blind woman in your audience (one of the funniest parts of Titus’ album), now that’s real comedy.
Recorded at the Tower Theatre in Fresno, CA, Titus begins his 105-minute special by telling the audience, “Ladies and gentlemen, if there was a fuck-up pope, I’d have a three-foot hat.” He then recounts some of the greatest failures of his life: The time he decked a kid while wearing a Darth Vader costume, his first and almost last waterskiing lesson and his near mauling by a military attack dog whose name he kept making fun of.
Titus is not failure—you don’t have a successful, Emmy-nominated television show on a major network if you’re a talentless screw-up. With that said, Titus points out that it’s his impulsive, crass nature (his hardwired need for tarnishing a good thing) that caused all of the mess-ups in his life, including his failed marriage and the cancelation of his show, Titus. But his ability to retell his failures with perfect, amusing details reminds us that failure is integral to the human condition, making this album highly relatable and bitingly funny.