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Steve Trevino: That's How Daddy Does It

By | September 7, 2006 at 12:08 pm | No comments

It's not offensive that Steve Trevino calls women “fucking bitches" or spends more time than necessary time talking about how insane they are -- by now, even casual stand-up fans are numb to crass put-downs. It's more that there's little art to the way in which Trevino does...

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Norm Macdonald: Ridiculous

By | September 5, 2006 at 8:34 am | No comments

In the past year, there's been a great flux of comedic output: new cable shows, recently launched broadband shows and channels, live-performance CDs and stand-up- comedy-concert DVDs abound. So it's no wonder that without regular appearances on late-night television or on a...

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Kyle Cease: One Dimple

By | July 4, 2006 at 8:24 am | No comments

Working off the idea that it's easy to find comfort in familiar settings, Kyle Cease has found a winning formula for comedy: Gain your audience's trust quickly by letting them know you're one of them, then, make your buddies laugh. Throughout his Comedy Central album, One...

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Ron White: I Had the Right to Remain Silent, But I Didn't Have the Ability

By | June 1, 2006 at 8:29 am | No comments

By now, even the casual comedy fan knows a thing or two about Ron White. For those who don't, let's review: He's the guy with the Texas drawl and a tumbler of Macallan scotch and a Cuban cigar affixed to his hands; he's the one they call Tater Salad; and he's been a part of all...

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Tom Rhodes: Live in Paris

By | May 5, 2006 at 8:08 am | No comments

Armed with a stoner-meets-intellectual vibe, Tom Rhodes is an enigmatic character for sure. On one hand, he maintains an alluring contempo-hippie mystique. From his stand-up material, you can tell he goes with the flow; you can tell he's in love with life and with people and...

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Eugene Mirman: En Garde, Society!

By | May 2, 2006 at 12:31 pm | No comments

If there's really such a thing as alternative stand-up comedy, then New York City comic Eugene Mirman is pretty damn close to the forefront of that scene. It's not that he blows paint from his ass between bits or babbles nonsensically to form a stream of hip faux jokes just cool...

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The Friars' Club Private Joke File

By | May 1, 2006 at 12:05 pm | No comments

Reviewed by Keith Hernandez Edited by Barry Dougherty with a forward by Lewis Black Lewis Black thinks they help you travel through time; Richard Belzer believes they date back to Cleopatra's Egyptians. Whatever their proper use or origin, one thing's for certain: Dirty...

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Russ Meneve: Stray Doggie Style

By | April 20, 2006 at 12:27 pm | No comments

Delivering concise jokes, at times with an air of faux misogyny, it's as if there’s an understated, snarky frat boy inside Russ Meneve. Joke by joke, bit by bit, he lets the little sneak out, constantly minding himself, however, never allowing his act to topple...

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Mike Birbiglia: Two Drink Mike

By | February 1, 2006 at 12:00 am | No comments

On his sophomore stand-up disc, Mike Birbiglia admits he's not much of a political comedian. And that's probably a good thing. It seems he's got too many smiles in him to effectively execute a string of bitter, scathing tirades on the country's current political climate. But...

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