Funny people are the best kind of people. They always have a way of standing up to the problems we face everyday. From the biggest problems in the world to those tiny annoying nuances found in social situations, funny people get through it all by laughing at the face of adversity. Lucky for us the good folks at Comedy Juice decided to feature some of their All-Star comics on a new compilation album. Ten of the hottest new comics offer fresh takes on everything from secretly getting your girlfriend in shape to how eating healthy will get your ass kicked in New Jersey. Troubles beware- there are new funny people in town!
On the opening track we hear about the challenges Sadiki Fuller faced being given the Swahili name “Sadiki”. Fuller explains, “I had a teacher once call me ‘Suc-a-diki’… And my best friend was like, ‘Man, go ahead an put your hand up. You know that’s you. You gonna be Suc-a-diki for the whole school year.’ I was like, ‘Nuh-uh man, I’m gonna hafta take the absence.’” From there the album moves to comic Mike Kosta, who explains that wanting to have sex with George Clooney, Justin Timberlake, Pele, and even the Sham-Wow guy does not make him a homosexual. Although being heterosexual, as he says, it doesn’t make him gay that he may have “made a list of men” he wants to have sex with. Only a great comic can make that seem rational and accurate.
Eddie Pepitone is next and explains how he won’t block his only Twitter follower, even though he wants to kill him. “It’s a symbiotic relationship,” he sates passionately to the crowd. Rising star Hannibal Buress enlightens us that without the gangbanging and shooting, being a member of the Cripps can be fun. He realizes, “If you take [the violence] away, it seems like [they] just dance and go to barbecues all the time.” He also connects to his audience by stating the difference between peer pressure as a teen versus peer pressure at his current age of 26. The audience cracks up at his comment, “When I was a teenager, my friends would pressure me [in]to like drinking and smoking weed. And now at 26, my friends pressure me into doing sh*t like hiking.” Even though both comics have two unique styles, Hannibal and Eddie use humor to cope with their personal “struggles”.
The album continues with great stand up by Kevin Shea, John Roy, Ben Gleib, and Pete Holmes. Butch Bradley stands out as well by admitting his fear of scary movies. While watching the horror film The Ring he claims, “I yanked the plug, I turned the TV around, [and] I put it against the wall. I figured if [the scary girl in the movie who climbs out of TVs] returns, she’ll hit her head, [and] change directions.” Again, sound advice that only a comic can think of. The album concludes with a lengthier set by veteran Dov Davidoff. He discusses the prejudices he faced eating healthy food as kid growing up in New Jersey. “I don’t know a lot about racism, ” Davidoff says, “but I know that kids in Jersey will hate your guts because of the shape and color of bread!”
From start to finish, all ten comics deliver. Comedy Juice did an outstanding job in not only selecting the ten All Star comics but in selecting the material from the sets each comic performed during the recording. Each comedian gives the listener fresh insight on topics audiences may have heard before. A challenge for newer comics, coming up with original perspectives on popular issues is something every comedian on the album does with excellence. Comedy Juice does a great service by offering comedy fans this compilation of stand up comedians audiences are sure to hear from for a long time.
About the Author: Mike Sgroi is a comedian, writer, and film maker from the New York City/New Jersey area. He is also a hip hop music producer and a great American. @MikeSgroi21