I remember the first time I saw Gary Gulman perform. He was on Comedy Central and I must have been around 15 years old. I barely understood what stand-up even was at that time. And he told a joke concerning Pepsi having the audacitiy to call itself “the cola” and if Pepsi left a message on his phone saying it’s the cola that he’s calling back Coke. I laughed so damn hard I almost I cried. And even though I heard that joke 7 years ago it still resonates with me to this day. And is that not every comedian’s goal? To tell a joke that not only makes a person laugh but affects the way they perceive the world?
The whole point I’m trying to make is when I heard Gary Gulman was coming out with a new album No Can Defend I was thrilled. How could you not be? He’s certainly put in the work. He’s been touring across the country for years and has headlined at the Cellar numerous times. He was finalist on Last Comic Standing and was a part of Dane Cook’s Tourgasam. No Can Defend is the epitome of Gulman’s years of comedic expierence. And it hits. And it hits hard.
The reason I enjoyed the album so much is for the same reason I loved the cola joke all those years ago. Gary is phenomenal at taking things I’ve seen everyday in life and presenting them in a way I had never thought of. He deconstructs things such as Netflix, the Karate Kid and puncuation in a way that will not only make the listener laugh, but will prevent them from viewing these things the same way again.
Throughout the albums entritiy, which lasts a solid hour, Gulman’s pacing is fantastic. Each joke is told like a story with a beginning, a middle and a satisfying ending. And it’s told in a way that intrigues the listner simply through Gulman’s cadence and the way in which he phrases his wording. Like any great comedian he makes it seem damn near effortless. If this album is the first bit of stand up a person hears they are going to think “well shit I can do that” and, oh boy, will they be disappointed. But that’s how you know someone is a true master of what they do; they make it seem easy.
Gary Gulman’s No Can Defend is a funny, intelligent easy album to listen to. It’s not bogged down by a cynical mentality nor a political agenda that seems to plague many comedy albums of late. Simply put, it’s just fun. And the enjoyment Gulman gets from live performance permuates throughout the alubms entirety. Whether you’re in a bad mood and you need something to make you smile, or if you’e already in a good mood and you want to keep it rolling, Gulaman’s No Can Defend is an album you should certainly invest in.
About the Author: Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, Greenest state in the land of the free. Raised in the woods so's he knew every tree, Killed him a bear when he was only three. I also like stand up comedy. (OHHH that rhymed!) Also, follow me on twitter @LouMisiano1