Erik Griffin is better known as Montez Walker from the hit show Workaholics on Comedy Central. I have never seen the show Workaholics and have only come to know Griffin through the buzz surrounding the release of this stand-up comedy MP3 album titled Technical Foul: Volume 1.
You see, this album has received tons of press because SideOneDummy Records, a label that has historically focused only on punk and related music genres, is the label responsible for this album. This is Side One Dummy’s first stand-up comedy album and I think the label made an excellent choice with Griffin.
This is a solid, solid album and I am so glad to have been introduced to Griffin’s work. Erik Griffin is certainly not breaking down any barriers or treading new ground here, but that is not always a requirement. Griffin has bits about the airports and the TSA, babies, relationships, scary movies… standard stuff for many comics. Erik Griffin is just so darn likable though. I defy you to walk away from listening to this album without a huge smile on your face.
The scary movies portion is my personal favorite. It is a long form bit with a focus on the movie Insidious. Griffin’s personal journey with scary movies is hilarious and his deconstruction of Insidious highlights a lot of the absurdity in the horror genre.
Judging from the stated tracklist on iTunes and Amazon, my review copy appears to be missing two tracks — “Pocket Change” and “My Queen.” As such, there is roughly 5 minutes of content that I am unable to review. The balance of the album, though, will bring you good comedy bang for your buck. This album is styled as “Volume 1”… I anxiously await Volume 2.
Technical Foul Vol. 1
Stand-up comedy mp3 album
Side One Dummy 2013
- 81enjoyable overall, nothing really stands out
- 80The George Carlin comedy CD that is going to rehabilitate him as still being one of the greats.
- 80touching, poignant, brilliant, intelligent, wise, and amazing
- 79Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time is a must have, very funny stand-up comedy CD
- 78Decent and a bit generic Lewis Black CD.