Reviews

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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Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale

By | January 29, 2006 at 12:53 pm | No comments

Over the years, Jim Gaffigan has used three major themes in his stand-up act: food, his appearance and what he describes as the “inner voice." These tools and the way in which Gaffigan fashions jokes from them have made him one of the nation's most popular stand-up comedians,...

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Robert Hawkins: Smackin' Kittens

By | January 27, 2006 at 12:48 pm | No comments

Robert Hawkins dives right into this 45-minute album without any introduction: “Today is seven months, 10 days, no cigarettes for me." The crowd applauds his accomplishment, and Hawkins admits to appreciating the congratulations. But he feels "guilty because you don't know...

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Marc Maron: Tickets Still Available

By | January 10, 2006 at 12:24 pm | No comments

At the start of Tickets Still Available, Marc Maron opines about how he's tired of comedy albums that are simply funny, that there should exist at least one that makes listeners uncomfortable and sad. Midway through the hour-long disc, you realize he was only half...

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