Robert Kelly is a combination of classic northeastern comedian, replete with the heavy accent, and frat boy humor. His set is crammed full of salty language and offensive material. He gets as many gasps as he gets laughs.
Besides being the most Mexican looking Irishman, Kelly is probably best known for his touring with Dane Cook including, HBO’s comedy documentary Tourgasm and on Cook’s ISolated INcident Tour. His album Robert Kelly Live will be re-released on September 4 and contain material originally recorded in 2003. This includes a couple of older references including the D.C. Sniper and some Osama Bin Ladin jokes. For me this ended up being a real kind of nostalgia. Sure, the capture of Bin Ladin was great, but remember how comical it was when we couldn’t find him?
You can tell Kelly is a true Irishman, not just because his middle name is Patrick, but also because he loves to eviscerate his humor with passion. For one he hates smart people. Can’t stand them, saying, “What are you stupid? I’m not going to read the paper that would fuck up my nap.”
On the flip side he loves girls with accents: French accents, Spanish accents, you know, the romantic languages. Even there insults are sexy. “Papi. Why you so stupid?” he says putting extra emphasis on the “pid” like Latin women are known to do.
While his humor is grown up he does know how to relate to the audience. Take for instance when snow days would cancel school. “No school was like the closest thing to having an orgasm at age 7,” Kelly joked. Preaching to the choir here. I grew up in Texas. Combined I may have seen one foot of snow before I graduated. It was tempting enough to want to drive to my principal’s house the night before and just turn the hose on his sidewalk. That’s the desperation Kelly is getting at.
The album is cut up into 38 mini-bites of comedy. No one bit lasts longer than two minutes. Kelly goes for efficiency and effectiveness with his stand-up. He isn’t a story teller, but despite that every transition is smooth and natural. There’s never a point where he makes an awkward quantum leap from topics. He slides naturally all the way from the pronunciation of “Massachusetts” to the difficulty of pleasing women.
You can check Robert Kelly out on Twitter @robertkelly or at his website www.robertkellylive.com. Be sure to look for his CD Robert Kelly Livein stores and on iTunes September 4. To read a recent interview AmericasComedy.Com did with Kelly, click here.
About the Author: Nate Rankin writes Comedy Reviews and Fiction because no one taught him any better. His fiction has been featured by Workers Writes, theNewerYork! and Used Gravitrons and is forthcoming in The Green Blotter. His work can be seen here: http://iamseamus.tumblr.com/writing You can find him on the Tweety Box @CommanderSeamus If you'd like to submit a review inquiry please send to nrankin22[at]gmail[dot]com