Reviews

Andi Smith: Homeperm

By | June 16, 2008 at 1:39 am | 3 comments

OK, so you may not need to shower in Lysol after listening to Homeperm, but you may want to keep a spray bottle of boiled water nearby so you can at least sponge-bathe (with the rough side of the sponge or maybe even steel wool). After all, you may feel more than dirty, you may...

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Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies

By | June 9, 2008 at 1:02 am | No comments

For comedians who have impressed the masses on television and in movies, it's easy for them to slip quietly away from their roots in stand-up comedy. For many, it turns out that the sweating and the toiling on smoky stages was just a means to an end. And for Dana Carvey the end...

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Lewis Black: Me of Little Faith

By | May 26, 2008 at 1:04 am | 2 comments

By Jonathan Wexler While Lewis Black's second book,  Me of Little Faith, is no doubt funny, the Comedy Central favorite and veteran comedian's collection of essays delve into highly philosophical territory, constantly exploring the author's spiritual evolution and ultimately...

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Flight of the Conchords: Self-titled

By | April 22, 2008 at 6:37 am | No comments

Ever since Jethro Tull beat out Metallica for the best-heavy-metal performance Grammy in 1989, the Recording Academy's decisions have meant very little to people with half a clue about the record-making business. So it was no surprise that with a five-song EP, Flight of the...

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John Oliver: Terrifying Times

By | April 17, 2008 at 1:37 pm | No comments

Skeptics leery of why John Oliver has landed a one-hour Comedy Central special -- arguably the current holy grail of a comic's resume -- hear this: long before he was The Daily Show's go-to correspondent, Oliver was an insightful, well-spoken and very funny stand-up...

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Bobby Collins: Mr. New York

By | April 10, 2008 at 9:10 pm | No comments

Half way through his latest album, Bobby Collins thankfully crosses the line of what's appropriate -- even in terms of topics generally tackled on the stand-up stage, a place where what's considered the norm would make the average office worker cringe. With great earnestness,...

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Phil Mazo: Pervert

By | March 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm | No comments

The bulk of the material on Pervert is no-doubt cringeworthy, but comedian Phil Mazo wraps it up in such a smartly written, deftly constructed package that by the end of his nearly 40-minute set, you can't help but like him -- regardless of how much of a sick fuck he is. In...

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Todd Barry: From Heaven

By | March 3, 2008 at 5:32 am | One comment

Warning: Todd Barry, the “semi-famous, borderline-respected" comedian, appears and sounds harmless, except... “I hate it when people abbreviate words," he confesses on From Heaven, his latest release from Comedy Central Records, recorded at The Comedy Studio in Cambridge,...

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Steve Hofstetter: The Dark Side of the Room

By | March 3, 2008 at 2:17 am | No comments

Steve Hofstetter’s latest offering, The Dark Side of the Room, pulls triple duty: of course, first it's a comedy album -- and a consistently funny one, at that. And since so many of Hofstetter's punch lines arrive from roads paved with ultratimely, ultraspecific...

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