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The Goldbergs - The Complete First Season

Some sitcoms go under your personal radar for a while. Such is the case for The Goldbergs. Watching  The Complete First Season 3 DVD set made me put this show on the must watch list next season.  It has been a while since prime time TV had an easy listening family based sitcom.  Think The Wonder Years meets the eighties –there is a callback to the swing scene in the pilot-- and a Jewish mother and you basically have The ... More

It was ok, an album of comedy

If you like dark, nihilist stand-up, you are definitely going to enjoy David Heti's CD or download It Was OK. It is not perfect but the pros more than outweigh the cons and the material is strong enough to warrant repeated listenings. This is a self-determined contribution release if you get it through the comic's website where it comes with a video version or $9.99 through Itunes. Heti sounds rather unsure of himself for the first quarter of the show. ... More

Can We Afford This Much Despair?

One of the narrative threads in Adam Quesnell's CD and MP3 album Can We Afford This Much Despair is he still has a day job. His work stories are convincing but I do not believe this guy is not doing stand-up comedy full time. There is something slightly off kilter and unusual about his material that makes his rather standard range of topics more interesting and the performance definitely worth your while.There are a couple of particularly smart bits in ... More

Community The Complete Fifth Season

Five seasons in and Community is still a fun to watch sitcom. Season five features a couple of major changes. One is Jeff becomes a teacher at Glendale, the other is a spoiler. A minor change that has a very positive effect is the addition of Professor Buzz Hickey played by Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad).  Community The Complete Fifth Season features 13 episodes on 2 DVD.As is tradition, there is a very special episode in season 5. ... More

Mating Season

As the title of Shane Mauss' 2014 MP3 album Mating Season suggests the comic focuses on relationships. This may not be the most original topic for stand-up but Mauss makes it interesting, funny, and generally original. Mauss is a comic you cannot but enjoy.The show opens with some biographical material about the comic's past jobs but he quickly moves on to males vs. females both human and animal. Mauss elegantly balances between both animal courtship and human sexual attraction. His ... More

100% Half-Assed

Ian Edwards' 100% Half-Assed is the first comedy album released on Conan O'Brien's Team Coco label. It was a very good choice. Edwards is a solid comic whose material appeals to a wide adult audience. It is (on the date this review was written) not available on Amazon but you can get it download it for 5$ at the Team Coco website. Good luck finding the link though if you do not immediately land on records.teamcoco.comEdwards is obviously a bit ... More

Tosh.O Vol. 4 collas plus exposed arms

Tosh.0 is an amusing Comedy Central TV show where comic Daniel Tosh presents various web videos and makes fun of them. He sometimes also gives one of the people in a given video a chance at redemption by inviting him or her on the show and having fun in a segment titled Web Rematch. Tosh.0  Volume 4: collas plus exposed arms features 21 such episodes on 2 blu-ray discs.This is not a show you can binge watch as both the ... More

Lovesick in Toledo

Though I cannot put my finger on how exactly, there is something original in how comic Cy Amundson brings the audience in on his jokes. This gives the material a comfort level that just adds to the pleasure you get listening to Lovesick in Toledo.Amundson has an eye and ear for the absurd.  The set opens with  his interactions with people with children and children. Two of his friends have decided to have a child after having three kittens die ... More

American Degenerate

Jim Norton is back with another special, American Degenerate.  Just like his last special, Please Be Offended, this new special also premiered on the Epix streaming video service, and will soon be available in CD and MP3 format.Norton is a master of “cringe style” comedy, and American Degenerate is his 7th special (six audio albums and one DVD-only special).  At this point, I wonder if there is any stand-up comedy fan alive who is a fan of cringe style comedy ... More

Chosen and Taken

Elon Gold is a multitalented comic. This is quite obvious listening to his comedy mp3 album Chosen and Taken. Though the show gets off to a rough start with a hack bit involving “a quick show of breasts” Gold quickly resets the bar at a higher, more interesting level that makes this release worth the price. For those who care, there are a couple of f-words but not enough to be noticeable.Gold is an observational comic at heart. This is ... More

Gateway Doug 2: Forced Fun

Doug Benson is back with his yearly album, which he, as the reigning king of stoner comics, records every April 20, or 420. My review of his two previous albums, Gateway Doug and Smug Life are linked here below.  MP3 album at AmazonGateway Doug 2: Forced Fun is, as Benson explains, a “sequel” to last year's album Gateway Doug, an idea he developed while watching the plethora of recent movie sequels that have been released.Before diving in to the meat ... More

Make Me Wanna Holla

Sinbad fans will probably enjoy his latest DVD but Make Me Wanna Holla is not going to get him many new fans. Sinbad is a funny guy but a very unfocused funny guy. This means the premises take a while to develop to a punch line if they do at all. Some call this free flow, I call this messy.Make Me Wanna Holla opens and closes with a musical number. They are good but more the comic indulging himself. Sinbad ... More