On their third full-length outing, Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer, and Jorma Taccone - collectively known as THE LONELY ISLAND - break out the jams for a rap album that's hardly wack, despite being called THE WACK ALBUM. As a follow-up to their previous albums, 2009's INCREDIBAD and 2011's TURTLENECK & CHAIN (both of which I own) THE WACK ALBUM is just as good (if not better in places) on a comedic front, but it opens up a weird situation in which THE LONELY ISLAND almost sounds too legit. While being a send-up of current hip-hop, THE WACK ALBUM is easily on-par production-wise with the best of who they're lovingly taking shots at, and the delivery is just so serious that you could picture these guys busting out some non-funny rhymes at some point in the near future.
On Friday June 28th Comedy Central will premiere the first one-hour comedy special from Owen Benjamin when Owen Benjamin: High Five Til It Hurts airs Midnight ET/PT. In the new special recorded with a live audience at The Moody Theater in Austin, TX, Benjamin breaks out the musical jams by riffing on TIMBALAND, EDDIE VEDDER, BEETHOVEN, and more... on piano. He also covers talking his way out of speeding tickets, to avoiding arrest by the TSA, and even uncovering the solution to road rage.
I met Brian Posehn once. I went to see him at the late Zanies Comedy Club in Vernon Hills, Illinois, where I chatted with him briefly after the show and handed him a copy of a comic book that I'd written... and thought he might enjoy (being into metal and horror and all). Posehn is a funny guy... but he's also a Dad - a certified "Rock Father" in his own right - and now he's bringing life as a Heavy Metal Dad (speaking of which, you should enter this) into his act with THE FARTIST, a new stand-up special that made it's debut on Netflix earlier this year and comes to DVD and CD on June 25 via New Wave Dynamics.
Comedian PETE HOLMES will debut his new comedy special, NICE TRY, THE DEVIL on Sunday May 12 at 11pm ET on Comedy Central. The following Tuesday, it hits CD/DVD/Digital in an extended and uncensored edition. NICE TRY, THE DEVIL finds Holmes contemplating the loneliness of making his bed, Ryan Gosling, the rapture and more.
Comedian Al Madrigal is getting ready to debut his first one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central when Al Madrigal: Why Is The Rabbit Crying?, premiere's on Friday, April 26 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. The special finds the celebrated stand-up comedian, The Daily Show correspondent, and LA family man (he hosts the MINIVAN MEN podcast alongside Maz Jobrani and Chris Spencer - a group that admits that none of them actually own a minivan, which is appreciated.) bringing his act to The Moody Theater in Austin, telling the hilarious true tales of Coach Frankie, the Cholo soccer dad; a fun afternoon with “Liam Neeson,” the cleaning lady; and the joys of parenting.