Reviews

Matt Wohlfarth (aka Buzz Nutley): The ABC's of Stand-up Comedy

By | January 25, 2007 at 9:47 am | No comments

By Jonathan Wexler Matt Wohlfarth's ABC's of Stand-Up Comedy is a must-read for any touring comedian not yet world-famous. In just under 100, this e-book (found here) covers everything from how to write jokes and perform sets to finding clean bathrooms -- and does it...

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Maria Bamford: How to Win!

By | January 23, 2007 at 9:53 am | No comments

Mom, Dad and bad bosses remain in Maria Bamford's crosshairs. But on How to Win!, her new CD, the mild and crazy comedian hunts bigger game, too. Instead of harpooning her victims, though, Bamford, a mannerly Minnesotan, uses biting sarcasm to attack the pomposity, inequity and...

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Christian Finnegan: Two For Flinching

By | October 16, 2006 at 6:09 pm | 2 comments

By Christian Finnegan (that is, Christian Finnegan wrote the review below about his own album) I recently had the supreme misfortune of receiving an advance copy of Two for Flinching, the debut CD by purported humorist Christian Finnegan. You may recognize Finnegan as the...

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Tim Slagle: Europa

By | October 16, 2006 at 9:45 am | No comments

Beyond providing affirmation that he's extremely funny, Tim Slagle's newest CD, Europa, proves that the stand-up comedian is mighty bright, too. Listeners may not always agree with Slagle's views on politics or social mores, but you have to respect the fact that he's willing to...

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Greg Giraldo: Good Day to Cross a River

By | October 15, 2006 at 9:37 am | No comments

There's a subtle streak of vulnerability running through Greg Giraldo's quick-fire succession of tirades on Good Day to Cross a River. It's not that he isn't sincerely angry or frustrated; he's both. It comes from someplace entirely human, a place that most “angry" comics...

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Aaron Karo: Recovering Frat Boy

By | October 6, 2006 at 10:51 am | No comments

Comedian Aaron Karo, the best-selling author of Ruminations on College Life and Ruminations on Twentysomething Life, is back at it again, dropping humorous observations about his life as an eternal party boy. Only this time, Karo's not documenting his experiences as Mr....

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Demetri Martin: These Are Jokes

By | September 19, 2006 at 9:31 am | No comments

It's clear, if not from the name of his album alone then from the amazingly economical language in his bits, that Demetri Martin is a simple, unassuming man concerned with one thing: telling jokes. He's not one to work the crowd or to create segues after punch lines; and he...

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Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves: Only Joking: What's so Funny about Making People Laugh?

By | September 14, 2006 at 8:19 am | No comments

Known to American audiences as the sarcastic British host of Comedy Central's game show Distraction, Jimmy Carr -- a man who takes great joy in seeing contestants urinate on command, getting body-slammed by wrestlers and having cinder blocks smashed on their chests -- doesn't...

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James P. Connolly: The Master Plan

By | September 12, 2006 at 8:36 am | No comments

With a smooth delivery emphasized by a voice that's one part game-show announcer and one part movie-phone guy, James P. Connolly's comedy is captivating. On The Master Plan, the stand-up veteran of Comedy Central, HBO, VH1 and every major comedy festival in North America, loads...

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