Reviews

Al Madrigal: Half Breed

By | July 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm | No comments

"Always get the name of the dog." That's a common refrain among journalists, a reminder that the beauty of any story is in the details. On Half Breed, Al Madrigal's latest comedy album, the master storyteller gives you the dog's name, address, favorite color and Social Security...

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Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal + The Color Purple?

By | June 30, 2009 at 10:55 am | No comments

Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal bowed for about a minute and a half in appropriate mock theatricality as they took the stage together for a rare co-headlining show at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on June 27. The Flight of the Conchords co-stars didn’t fill the 1,200 seat venue,...

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Various Artists: Comedy by the Numbers

By | June 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm | No comments

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...

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Matt Kirshen: I Guess We’ll Never Know

By | June 9, 2009 at 10:33 am | No comments

There are many stand-up comics who are funny, but not exactly made-for-TV. Some comics have the likability for television, but might be a bit lacking in terms of quality humor. Few possess both traits. Enter Matt Kirshen, the 29-year-old comic who looks 16 (“I can go...

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Marc Maron: Final Engagement

By | May 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm | No comments

(Editor's note: While this item is in our review section, what follows is the liner notes for Marc Maron's new album, Final Engagement, which I wrote. If I had written a proper review of the album it wouldn't have looked much different than this. I wrote this in March while I...

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Dan Naturman: Get Off My Property

By | March 20, 2009 at 9:44 am | No comments

If Dan Naturman weren’t a successful comic, he’d be the kind of persuasive salesman who could sell oil to sheikhs, clothes to nudists and a(nother) breast enlargement to Pamela Anderson. He’s that professional, that likable, that personable onstage. Although he sounds like...

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Bo Burnham: Self-titled

By | March 4, 2009 at 2:28 pm | 9 comments

Without help from a bloodhound or its wizardly digital equivalent, Google, I may have found the sole teenager in America these days who can speak in longhand, not the BTW, OMG! LOL! shorthand prevalent in class, online, everywhere. That said, I must admit this fossil is LMAO...

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Important Things with Demetri Martin

By | February 9, 2009 at 7:14 am | One comment

If Demetri Martin, comedian, actor, screenwriter, expands his growing empire and opens a bemusement park (just picture the Super Bowl MVP someday shouting “I’m going to Demetriland”), then I want to be first in line for what would certainly be the most popular attraction:...

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Robert Schimmel: Life Since Then

By | January 12, 2009 at 3:34 am | One comment

When the moment is right (as they say on those way more creepy than sexy Cialis commercials), most people shut the boudoir door and bolt it behind them. Not comedian Robert Schimmel. During his hour-long sex act, he flings open the door and virtually invites spectators into his...

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