Reviews

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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Brian Dykstra: The Jesus Factor

By | February 7, 2008 at 2:17 pm | No comments

Brian Dykstra uses outrage and humor like a blowtorch and kindling to ignite the slow fuse that burns for 90 mesmerizing minutes in his equally frightening and enlightening comic monologue, The Jesus Factor. Part comedian, beat poet, preacher and history teacher, Dykstra starts...

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Michael Showalter: Sandwiches & Cats

By | January 6, 2008 at 5:57 pm | One comment

On Sandwiches & Cats, The State alum Michael Showalter, so often part of an ensemble, takes to the stage all by himself. He brings some of what his fans will expect (random, bizarro studio-recorded sketch and improv) and some of what they won't (straight-up old-school...

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The Sklar Brothers: Sklar Maps

By | November 25, 2007 at 10:46 am | No comments

On Sklar Maps, a new CD from Aspecialthing Records, the tag-team of Randy and Jason Sklar wrestles with, among other things, this critical pop-cultural question: What sort of birdbrain adman thinks he can help sell Kentucky Fried Chicken using the melody to "Sweet Home...

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Henny Youngman: Take My Album — Please!

By | November 11, 2007 at 7:57 am | No comments

Take My Album -- Please ! (Varese Vintage) revives the late Henny Youngman (hey, death isn't a career impediment; just ask Elvis or Tupac), not to mention the silliness and artistry of the maligned one-liner. Youngman -- who loved to work, maybe even lived to work until dying...

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