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Back to the Drawing Board

Lisa Lampanelli's 2015 release Back to the Drawing Board is decent. The show features the usual insult comedy towards various ethnic members of the audience and some  self-deprecating biographical material. This is also the case for every one of Lampanelli's previous releases and there's the rub. Comics develop a persona and pretty much stick to it, that I understand. However, there is supposed to be some kind of evolution over the years so though the style may be the same, ... More

Top 5 Simpsons Episodes

The Simpsons is one of the all-time most beloved shows, captivating millions for 25 years, and with 26 series’ and 565 episodes under its belt, it is better than ever. Everybody has their favourite classic Simpsons episodes, but which have we picked as the top 5? Check out our choices below.Who Shot Mr Burns? - 1995Technically this classic was a two-parter, marking the last episode of series 6 and the first of series7, but it has to rank as one ... More

Home Of The Good Laughs

You cannot get a better bang for your comedy dollar that Stand Up! Records' Home of the Good Laugh MP3 album. The album features 12 stand-up comics and there is not a bad adult oriented set in the bunch. The comics featured here are, in order, Grant Lyon, Grayson Morris, Andy Huggins, Tracey Ashley, Jacob Williams, Karen Morgan, Mike Speirs, Mitch Burrow, Robby Slowik, Jenny Zigrino, Mark Pittsa, and Brian Kiley. Ashley Already has an album out on Stand Up! ... More

The Tall Blonde Man With One Black Shoe

Pierre Richard is one of the great French physical comedians. The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe is his most celebrated film. Le Jouet / The Toy is a close second. Film Movement had the brilliant idea to perfectly restore and re-release this classic comedy on Blu-ray. If you like physical comedy, slapstick, and the absurd and want to see something really really funny, this is the movie for you. It comes in French with English subtitles.The head of ... More

Oh and You Were Good Too

Ryan Maglunob is a young comic with a solid first indie CD titled Oh … and You Were Good Too. Like most first comedy releases, the material covers a wide range of topics and is basically biographical. As a comic, Maglunob needs to have lived a few more years and have truly original experiences to stand out from the crowd but overall he gets good material out of what he knows.There are moments where Maglunob is different from most. ... More

My Big Break

Shane Mauss' My Big Break is worth every penny of your comedy dollar. There's not a bad moment and those who enjoy smart comedy that makes you think a bit will appreciate it even more. My Big Break opens with the story of Mauss breaking both his heels doing “dumb white people shit”. It makes for a fun story and a nice set up for the more thoughtful material that follows.Track three is about a theory called the negativity bias ... More

Pretty From the Back

I really enjoyed Pretty From The Back by Phil Johnson and the Roadside Attraction. Johnson, who looks like he unsuccessfully escaped from an eighties hair band cover group is a very funny guy who can tell a story and has quite a few original observations to share. This is a small-budget indie production and it shows,especially with lighting that sometimes washes out the comic's face, but it is not anything that gets in the way of enjoying a solid set ... More

It Was OK, Stand Up! Records

I was not surprised when Stand Up! Records picked up David Heti's indie release It Was Ok. The label, a personal fave, has a long history of very unique comics like Dylan Brody or Marc Maron. It also has an excellent ear for new talent as its signing of Jamie Kilstein or David Huntsberger shows. David Heti is both unique and new.If the Dark Side has a comedy club, David Heti is the headliner. The Holocaust, slavery, pedophilia, or how ... More

Bill Hicks reissued on Comedy Dynamics

Stand-up fans who have yet to discover the genius of Bill Hicks, labeled by me as the Tupac of comedy for his ability to release recordings after his death, will be please to hear the entire Hicks audio and video catalogue is being reissued by Comedy Dynamics. A DVD box set is planned for August 18th 2015 and a new audio album is going to be released on October 27 thus cementing Hicks' Tupac quality.There are eight albums: 12-16-61, Dangerous, ... More

Full Time Magic

Nate Bargatze is awesome.  Seriously awesome.  And he has a new album out called “Full Time Magic,” released by Comedy Central Records.  Are you still reading this?  Just go buy it.  You won’t regret it.For those of you still here, let me get one “warning” about this album out of the way.The warning is this … if you are already a fan of Bargatze, and already own his 2012 album “Yelled At By A Clown,” you are going to find ... More

Thirty One

A comic in his early thirties is at a crossroads: Too old for the college crowd and that kind of material, too young for the kind of material that will interest the married crowd. This is something Michael Malone cleverly faces head on in Thirty One, a solid show that will please any comedy fan no matter the demographic. The one caveat for this MP3 album is Malone's lazy use of the f-word.Thirty One Opens with a bit about having ... More

Tetherball

With such renowned thespians as Ron Jeremy (Terms of Endowment, 21 Hump Street) and Dustin Diamond (the original Chia head model and Screech in Saved by the Bell) and leads that do not have their picture on IMDB, you know Tetherball has to be something just too weird not to watch. I've seen a few no-budget comedies and this is one of the better ones. Of course, it  has lots of gratuitous nudity.A morbidly obese loser, his just as obese ... More