Monday, August 29 2011 00:00

DOUG BENSON - POTTY MOUTH (Archive Comedy Review)

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dougbensonOriginally Published August 29, 2011

The beauty of DOUG BENSON is his ability to instantly mesh with his audience through a casual delivery that never once sounds forced. Now, there's a good chance that the weed plays a big role in this, as you can hear the smile on Benson's face as if he's a smoking buddy taking a hit from the bong and giving you some humorous commentary as he exhales a hefty blast of THC-enhanced second-hand smoke into the air of a small room that probably lacks proper ventilation. There's a chance you've known such a guy in your lifetime, though a few of you may not fess up to it.

On his new album POTTY MOUTH (order the CD+DVD), Benson shares his world through adventures at 7-11 ("Never forget") and in the Twitterverse (more in the next sentence), with a sense of familiarity and spontaneity that comes with being forever-connected. Though he only follows 420 users on Twitter, Benson boasts over 278,424 (as of this writing) followers himself, and they play right into his act. As he stands before an audience on April 20th, 2011 for the recording of the album, Benson shares tweets arriving in real-time, while sharing some of his own 140-characters-or-less quips. Sure, there's a question of whether or not the audience should throw down some cash to watch somebody read his twitter, but that's used for comedic effect here as well - it's part of the joke when The Audience is Tweeting.

POTTY MOUTH plays like a stream-of-consciousness affair despite being a calculated one. At one point, Benson begins a self-critique, discussing which parts of his first set will be kept for the final release, making the call before his second set is even recorded. It almost makes you wonder what hearing full recordings of both sets would've revealed in terms of nuance, but the 13 tracks presented here should be enough to keep you happy through repeat listens for quite some time.

Bottom Line: As stated by a rogue TSA Agent used as a character in Known Pot Smoker, "This guy's a funny f'er."

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

POTTY MOUTH is available as a digital edition from iTunes, or as a CD + DVD set that includes all 6 episodes of THE BENSON INTERRUPTION as seen on Comedy Central.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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