Chad Daniels is a smart, funny, surprising stand-up comic whose comedy will stand the test of time. It is a good thing I was not influenced by the cover of his stand-up comedy CD Busy Being Awesome, a current favorite for our uncoveted stupidest looking CD cover of the year award (prize: a kick in the behind).

Daniels favors short observational bits on what are often topics off the beaten path. For example, how many comics can say they have a good rock-paper-scissors bit?  Not that this kids’ game should lull you into believing the comedian is a clean, “good Christian home” style comic. The Gross Pillow is a good example of some of this stand-up’s more adult fare.

There is also a dark streak to Chad Daniels on Busy Being Awesome. I like comics who skewer modern society and Fat Wheels, on how every fat person seems to have a motorized wheelchair, and Old People Cause Global Warming are excellent examples of original dark comedy. I feel Chad Daniels does not always explore his premises as much as he could but Old People is a bit that really maximizes the laughs without milking the topic.

Chad Daniels covers pretty much every social group. His take on kids in the middle of his stand-up comedy CD is quite fun with a touch of the absurd. His suggestion of watching a T-Ball game for the entertainment value is good advice for the depressed.

The most absurd and funniest bit here is Tall Canadian Lady

There is not a low point on Chad Daniels Busy Being Awesome, probably because Daniels is busy being awesome.

Check out our Stand Up! Records page for links to great comedy downloads and CDs

Busy Being Awesome
Chad Daniels
Stand Up! Records 2008

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