Day: December 26, 2011

Baron Vaughn, “Raised By Cable”

I’ve called Baron Vaughn a quintuple threat before, praising his ability to weave back and forth from joke-telling, acting, dancing, singing and rapping, plus an intangible quality he brings to the stage. Of course, not all of his talents can be seen on a CD — perhaps he should have put out a DVD version, too? Vaughn opens his hour-long, 17-track “Raised By Cable” by exploring the nature of how and why people become comedians. Later on, after explaining his mixed heritage, he explains: “Some of you were like, ‘Now I know why you need to tell jokes.” But his imagined...

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Andres du Bouchet, “Naked Trampoline Hamlet”

In stark contrast to many of this year’s comedy CD, Andres du Bouchet’s “Naked Trampoline Hamlet” has only six tracks covering the full hour. But each is its own unique set piece. Du Bouchet is quite the character. Or characters. Perhaps you’ve seen what he’s capable of as a writer for Conan on TBS. Certainly comedy nerds of New York City knew of his niche several years ago when he hosted the Giant Tuesday show at the old Rififi spot in the East Village (that’s now a Buffalo Exchange — oh NYC). On the disc, he opens the first 10...

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Pete Holmes, “Impregnated With Wonder”

Listening to “Impregnated With Wonder,” the new stand-up comedy disc from Pete Holmes, provided one of the more truly enjoyable experiences I’ve had listening to new comedy CDs this year. How could it not be enjoyable when Holmes himself clearly is having so much fun onstage. Throughout the 55-minute performance, joy bounces emanates from Holmes and bounces off of the live audience and back to him. The self-described “fun dad” but single guy may emerge from a bad dream screaming, “I’m a fat Val Kilmer!” The truth is, though, that he brings the best elements of Brian Regan, Paul...

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Johnny Beehner, “Tiny Weiner”

“I’m not going for laughs. I’m going for sympathy,” Johnny Beehner tells us. After all, Beehner reveals upfront how his last name prompted taunts and insults toward him over the years, as its homonym is a racial and ethnic slur, and its closest rhyme for simpletons is, well, just remember what he titled his stand-up comedy disc. But he couldn’t overcome this during his childhood by relying on his mother’s advice, which he relates in the track, “Halloween,” instead providing fodder for even more embarrassment. But. It gets better. Growing up in Omaha, Beehner and his buddies made their own...

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Adam Newman, “Not For Horses”

Adam Newman opens his 58-minute disc “Not For Horses” by wanting customers (that’s you) to know that the audience at Atlanta’s Laughing Skull loved the comedian before him who performed “Piano Man” as “Piano Monkey.” Newman, meanwhile, wants to sell you on his pop-culture naming policy for dogs — spoiler alert: “Dog Sitting” may involve puns. Newman’s observational style targets his focus on the reality of pickle bucket signs, Snoop Dogg’s memoir, Dikembe Mutombo and his sons, emails to the dead, Ernest, metal bands that may or may not be metal enough or too metal, and the real theme song to...

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