The only thing people love making more than year-end list are decade-end lists, and some of them seem as much about generating page-views as they are about subjectively ranking things that should not be ranked. That's rank! So where are my lists? I've got something else up my sleeves for this December, but in the meantime, I thought I'd share with you the iTunes list of their choices of the 20 best comedy discs from 2009, along with my thoughts on said list.
For one thing, it's really across the board. Any list that puts Brent Weinbach side-by-side with Katt Williams is looking to appeal to all sorts. I'm not exactly sure I agree with everything on here, but then again, I haven't quite listened to all of them just yet — there are stacks of CDs and DVDs in my apartment, and I hope to get through them all by year's end and share my own thoughts on them with you. I have listened to and reviewed eight of the iTunes 20; most of the rest are waiting in my queue, and a few I don't even have my hands on just yet? My loss or yours? Also, iTunes missed some great ones from the past year. No John Mulaney? I haven't heard Paul F. Tompkins new disc yet, but would presume it's worthy. And no ladies on the list? Not even Maria Bamford? Harumph. Here, then, are the iTunes choices from the year in comedy — I'm not sure if they have a ranking order from iTunes, so I'll list them alphabetically:
Matt Braunger, Soak Up The Night
Christian Finnegan, Au Contraire!
Flight of the Conchords, I Told You I Was Freaky
Kyle Grooms, The Legend of the Jersey Devil
Moshe Kasher, Everyone You Know Is Going To Die, and Then You Are!
Jon Lajoie, You Want Some of This?
Eugene Mirman, God Is A 12-Year-Old Boy with Asperger's
Patton Oswalt, My Weakness Is Strong
Nick Swardson, Seriously, Who Farted?
Brent Weinbach, The Night Shift
Katt Williams, It's Pimpin' Pimpin'