Dylan Brody is an award-winning playwright, humorist, author of three books and now a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. I didn’t know this information before I started listening to Brody’s new CD, Chronological Disorder, produced in conjunction with Stand Up! Records. However after listening to the CD, I can go back and completely understand those occupations and how he delivers stand-up on stage.
Brody is a storyteller and most of his act is based on telling tales from his everyday life. These lengthy, interesting anecdotes had me chuckling throughout the CD. He has a wide range of topics he discusses: from Occupy L.A. and groupies, to depression and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Brody also delves into his family, and I do like the description of his parents. It makes it very relatable to fans. His mom seems hilarious and I like her sass, so it probably is where he gets his personality from.
Brody stated that him and his mother had a rocky relationship growing up and this is where I fell in love with the woman. When Brody was younger, he was being bullied in school and he went to his mom for support. He said, “I don’t understand why they hate me.” And her response was, “Dylan, not everybody you meet in life is going to like you. The sooner you learn that, the sooner you can stop trying to win my affection.”
Maybe it’s just the fact that I hear my own mom in that statement (maybe I need to see a therapist), but I love comedians who use real stories in their acts. Everyday life is funny if we let it be and Dylan shows that quite well. He talks about his hatred of children and how him and his wife will never have kids. “They’re short, they don’t know anything and their focus is not entirely on me,” jokes Brody.
I can’t tell for sure, but the CD gave me the impression that Dylan does a lot of hand gestures and facial expressions, which through a CD are hard to pick up on. There are times in the CD where the audience is cracking up and I had no clue why, but you have to realize if you were watching the visual side of things it would all make sense. Facial expressions can make a joke infinitely better. In all the CD is a terrific listen (besides the one audience member who has the most annoying laugh, but you can’t take that out on Dylan).