Reviews

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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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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