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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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Dane Cook: Rough Around the Edges: Live from Madison Square Garden

By | November 5, 2007 at 5:55 pm | No comments

Since Dane Cook began enjoying the success of his sophomore album, 2005's double platinum-selling Retaliation, comedy fans have hit many a message board with anti-Dane sentiments while more than a few critics have filled many column inches expounding on what a hack the...

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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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