Review – Eugene Mirman’s God is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Aspberger’s

God is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Aspberger’s┬áis Mirman’s fifth comedy album. How does this individual have such a high level of output? It was his college major. Because he’s a bad-ass.
What I enjoy most about Mirman’s style of humor is that while it is surreal and absurd, it is still very grounded in reality, in that he will essentially play pranks on the world, and then tell an audience about said pranks. I’ve only listened to two of Mirman’s albums, (the library only has a limited selection, and I’m still waiting for my hold on the Invite Them Up compilation. Sue me, I’m a human being who’s also writing this blog for free. Why am I getting so defensive over something you don’t care about? I don’t know. Write me a letter and explain it to me.) but from what I’ve gathered from the two, a common trope of Mirman’s stand-up is reading the letters he writes to companies. Again, I don’t know the comedian’s body of work well enough to know whether or not he actually sends out these letters, but in the moment of listening to the album, I am on board. Did he actually take out a newspaper ad with his published letter to his cable company?
Lemme Google it….
Okay, yes he did.
Did he write a letter to Delta Airlines, and then have his audiences send in massive numbers of postcards to Delta Airlines insulting the company?
Maybe, and absolutely.
That is probably, for me, what makes Mirman a great comic and successful at what he does. He keeps things real. Part of what made Jerry Seinfeld great, and what makes a lot of comedians great, is that they say the things we’re afraid to say. By contrast, Mirman is doing what we’re afraid to do.
I originally intended for this to be a strict review of the album, but if you only know Eugene Mirman from his voice acting, do yourself a great personal favor and check out his stand-up. He has a degree in it.
He is also doing many shows at Sketchfest, so he is in San Francisco right now. I don’t know if they have all passed or not, I’ve already Googled something for this post and I’m not doing it again. But he’s supposed to talk with Bill Nye. Awesome? Yes, awesome.
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Wyatt Cenac’s Comedy Person Is Better Than The Government

Wyatt Cenac – Comedy Person

Best known for his work on the Daily Show, Comedy Person is Wyatt Cenac’s hour comedy special, which was released back in 2011. If you are expecting political humor, then Comedy Person may not be quite what you expected. That disclaimer being claimed, the album is fantastic. And for those hard-core Daily Show fans who weirdly have little interest in actual stand-up (I’m sure there are at least fourteen of you out there somewhere) an introduction from John Hodgman will serve to satisfy your Daily Show needs. Cenac’s recorded special demonstrates the comedians intelligence and writing ability without flaunting it, or shoving it your face. When you listen to someone like Bill Hicks or Joe DeRosa, they make you aware of the fact that they are the smartest person in the room. By contrast, any careful listener will realize that Cenac operates on a high level of intelligence, yet the performer displays this intellect without the ego of insisting you acknowledge his smarts.

Some of the jokes he tells (the cat video bit) require some deep thought at parts, and a lesser comedian could easily drop the ball in conveying the crucial components to the set up, but Cenac navigates the concepts with eloquent and efficient timing and vocal stress at all the right moments.

In addition to this, I always appreciate any move to challenge the form of stand-up. Personally, I thought fellow Daily Show correspondent Kristen Schaal’s special was a great artistic experiment and endeavor, (I’ll probably do one of these for her later) but I understand for the casual viewer how the uniqueness of the performance could have gone unappreciated. Cenac, on the other hand, makes small moves here and there that deviate from the “standard form.” Early on, he distinguishes the differences in experience that the live audience and the people listening at home/watching the special on TV will have.

Now, I know. This review is two years overdue. Sue me, I checked it out at the library. So why is this relevant? Because Mr. Cenac has just finished recording his new CD in Brooklyn, and it should be coming out in the near future. And if you see it on the Internet in the next few months and think, “Oh that looks interesting, but before I pay five dollars, maybe I should go check out his earlier stuff…” (which can be found at your local library if you live in an area that supports cool stuff like free information and entertainment as provided by a wonderful combination of the social contract, federal government and the public tax base) then you will know, that not only is the upcoming album by Wyatt Cenac worth looking into, but that Comedy Person is a delight and if you don’t mind going down to the most delightful place on Earth (THE LIBRARY) then you might even be able to check it out for free.

Or buy it on iTunes or a store and give the money to the the artist, but really, if you were a real Wyatt Cenac fan, you would already have Comedy Person.

If you have no idea who Wyatt Cenac is, how in the hell did you make it down this far? Educate yourself here: