Reviews

Nick Swardson: Party

By | October 16, 2007 at 10:41 am | No comments

You'd be hard-pressed to find a stand-up comedian -- a good one, anyway -- that doesn't drop at least a little bit of sadness, anger or some form of edge into his act. It just seems part of the package; well-adjusted, incredibly happy people most times make bad comics. And it's...

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Jeff Allen: Jeff Allen Live: Happy Wife, Happy Life Revisited

By | October 2, 2007 at 10:57 am | No comments

Jeff Allen was a comedian before he was a born-again Christian. So he seems to understand that when he's  onstage, he's not preaching. Like any other comic, he's just trying to give people his point of view. What he presents on the  Jeff Allen Live: Happy Wife, Happy Life...

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Steven Wright: I Still Have a Pony

By | September 17, 2007 at 10:38 am | No comments

Back in July, when  Esquire's Jeff Miller was asking the question, "Will the Next Dane Cook Please Stand Up?" he took a shot at Steven Wright. One of his candidates was Demetri Martin, a fine comic in his own right who keeps getting better. In his bullet-point list asking...

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Comedy Death-Ray: Various Artists

By | September 4, 2007 at 10:35 am | No comments

As with any art compilation -- whether it's a book of landscape paintings, a CD of jazz standards or a double-live album collection of some of LA's best known and under-the-radar comics -- there's  going to be, at best, some disposable samples and, at worst, so much collateral...

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Bob Saget: That Ain't Right

By | August 21, 2007 at 10:34 am | One comment

If someone told you that stand-up comedy was something Bob Saget just kind of fell into after his "King of Family-friendly Television "reign ran its course, you wouldn't be surprised, correct? Even after watching his HBO special That Ain't Right (premiering Aug. 25; in stores...

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John Pinette: Making Lite of Myself

By | July 31, 2007 at 10:31 am | No comments

There's no doubting John Pinette's ability to hook an audience. He always packs the house at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, and he's as popular on the club circuit as any working comic. He's gotten more out of making fun of his girth than just about any comic -- ...

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Patton Oswalt: Werewolves and Lollipops

By | July 5, 2007 at 10:22 am | No comments

Patton Oswalt's career is exploding. He's  the lead voice in Ratatouille, Pixar's latest surefire hit, he just ended a nine-year run on the popular King of Queens and he's near ubiquitous in any cool comedy project, either as a writer or as a character actor. And now he's...

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Jim Norton:Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch

By | July 3, 2007 at 10:24 am | No comments

Whether you like stand-up comedy or not; whether you're a fan of comedian Jim Norton or not and -- this is important -- if you can suppress judgment on a man who not only enjoys being defecated on but also likes writing about it, you must read  Happy Endings: The Tales of a...

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Paul F. Tompkins: Impersonal

By | June 1, 2007 at 10:26 am | No comments

Comedians face a bit of a dilemma when recording an album. They can do all their best new material and risk repeating themselves night after night. Or they can record old material and risk sounding irrelevant or, worse, disinterested. So an album of older material called...

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