Confession time! I have never listened to any of Myq Kaplan's previous albums. I have heard of him, but had never sat down and listened to an album or watched any of his specials.
The title of Matthew Broussard's debut album, Pedantic, suggests a sense of self-awareness, but that doesn't make Broussard any less insufferable. While the majority of his jokes are just fine and even a bit clever, he spends more time talking about his personal circumstances than delivering punchlines.
On her first album released in 2003, Maria Bamford started her set by saying that she likes to use a lot of voices in her comedy because, "My own voice does not command the respect and the attention that I believe I deserve." At the time, this seemed like an accurate statement.
Don't feel too bad if you confuse Ahmed Bharoocha's name with the title of his debut album, Almond Badoody – it's probably not going to hurt his feelings. The twenty-five track album recorded in Madison, Wisconsin and put out by Comedy Central Records starts with some jokes about name pronunciation, and Bharoocha's laid back style is immediately apparent.
We have no doubt heard of many great stand-up comics over the years. Names like Jim Gaffigan, the late John Pinnette, Russell Peters, and of course Jerry Seinfeld are all hosehold names.
For a hardened stand-up comedy fanboy like myself, the label of 'storytelling/comedy album' can be like a dead canary in a coal mine. Don't get me wrong – I love storytelling. The act of storytelling is a sadly underrated skill, and one very much worthy of an hour-long audio recording.
Jon Steinberg's hysterical new album, Between Me and the Wall is endearingly quaint and intimate. It feels less like a stand up special than a nightclub set, but just as entertaining.
Kurt Metzger's (@kurtmetzger on Twitter) hilarious new stand-up special, White Precious is a refreshingly dark and misanthropic way to spend an hour. Fans already familiar with his popular podcast, Race Wars will not be surprised by the candidly abrasive tone.
It is not easy to write about an arguably legendary comedian like Patrice O'Neal. He passed away on November 29th, 2011 and in his absence, left a monumental space in the world of stand-up comedy.