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An album by John Mulaney

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I laughed my rear-end off. Really couldn't ask for more.

  • Jun 26, 2009
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I think the best sign that this was some funny stuff was that fact that after the CD was over, I wanted MORE. I was really enjoying myself.

John Mulaney, whom I had NEVER heard of before listening to this CD, does "observational humor." That's pretty much what all stand-ups do these days, so the key to sucess is in the delivery AND in the observations they make. Mulaney's delivery is friendly and a bit slow (which is funny) and never cruel (which is nice). His bits are ALMOST family friendly...except that he throws in a bunch of f-bombs and such. Not to the point where they are a weapon of comedy themselves (like Richard Pryor, to go for a creaky old example), but just conversationally. So in the end, I wouldn't listen to this with my kids. But that aside, it was refreshing that most of the material was actually NOT offensive. No overt sexuality. He truly did find humor in mundane observations and in recollections about his own past. (Apparently, Mulaney grappled with alcohol addiction at an early age.)

He does a truly hilarious bit about LAW AND ORDER. I watch the show a lot, and I was rolling at some of his spot on observations. This seques into a bit about Jerry Orbach (whom he is respectful of) and then turns into a riff on an idea of a movie featuring the two people who received Orbach's donated eyes after his death. Sounds creepy, but it's actually very funny, and again, not mean-spirited.

He talks about a few subjects that EVERY stand-up always talks about, such as air travel...and these are the least inspired bits. But there are no routines that he does which are not funny. Some are just better than others. Whether talking about his role as a benchwarmer, his thoughts on King Solomon's wisdom or his version of a $100 million dollar blockbuster...he is engaging, amiable and smart. Very few cheap jokes.

I'd like to hear more, and I'd like to see him sometime. I think that's a pretty good recommendation. If you can, take a listen and I think you'll find plenty to laugh at. I was certainly most thoroughly entertained!

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review by . June 29, 2009
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I had never heard of John Mulaney. So, I went into this CD with a healthy amount of skepticism. So, he earned this review from me. The first few tracks on the CD did a good job of cracking the ice, and got me warmed up to John. By the time the last, hilarious, track rolled around, my wife and I were gasping for air we were laughing so hard.    John Mulaney is a funny man, who can tell exceedingly funny stories in a stand-up comedy routine. His material is worth the price of the …
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Mulaney is one of the most talked about new comedians on the scene. A writer for SNL, John cut his teeth touring the country with his unique brand of storytelling and love of the TV show "Law And Order". This album is an hour performance recorded in front of a packed house of rapt listeners.
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Label: Comedy Central Rec.
Artist: John Mulaney
Release Date: March 24, 2009

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