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Stand Up Wit…David Feldman

David Feldman is an award-winning television comedy writer who, despite that success, toiled behind the scenes for years before doing his own material onstage on a regular basis. And when the stand-up appearances were successful, it still took him almost the entire decade to release his first comedy album. Hopefully Left Without Paying will generate enough buzz to prompt him to jumpstart the pace a little bit; I’d like much more from him before I punch my ticket off this mortal coil.

Feldman is pretty old school in his delivery, he enunciates dramatically with a slow and clear cadence. It’s as if a more hyper monologue-centric comedian was slowed down; imagine Rodney Dangerfield not sweating and using a bigger vocabulary, or early Woody Allen with less stutter and more confidence.  As expected from a writer for Dennis Miller and Bill Maher, two comics known for their biting sarcasm, Feldman’s barbs are fast and razor-sharp.

Feldman can dole out quick 1-2 punch lines but also revels in leveraging his physical appearance as a safe and ordinary looking guy to bait the audience into unsuspecting turns. What will start out like an innocuous topic that gets supportive applause will turn on a dime, or he’ll launch into an offensive joke demeaning women or the elderly. Of course, the crowd will take the bait and gasp, which sets him up to feign shock and with a shrug and a dismissive “Whaaat?”

Video: Cannabalism

He wouldn’t be a successful, award-winning writer if he didn’t have a boatload of great jokes, and this CD is loaded with them. I won’t spoil them here, but you’ll be pirating several at the office the next day. Favorites include the greatest Elvis impersonator, wet dreams, frozen sperm, cheating lists, deadbeat kids, the football injury, the Humane society for people…there are a few dry spots, but he’s wry and clever far more often than not. And, of course, wriggling out of a bit gone horribly awry is just as much fun for him.

Video: Sexual Harassment

Recorded with crystal clarity at the Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis in front of a strong crowd, Left Without Paying is  a solid debut. Although Feldman currently records podcasts, I hope we get another album, and soon.

Buy Left Without Paying here.

David Feldman’s website

David Feldman wiki page and IMDB page

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Stand Up Wit…Dan Naturman

Snappy dresser, too.

Curmudgeon. Cranky guy. Dan’s glass is half-empty and if you press him on it he’ll tell you it’s cracked, too. Not much works out well for Dan Naturman…thankfully

Maybe he honed that self-deprecating WTF attitude after being screwed over by Last Comic Standing not once, but twice! After the famous judges fiasco in Season Two, I was surprised to see him back in the running on Season Six, donning that Charlie Brown shirt and believing that maybe this time, Lucy wouldn’t whisk that football away at the last moment. Oops. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I guess. 

But Naturman’s style is bug-zapper quick jokes; there’s more than a little Rodney Dangerfield DNA in there. Watching Dan live, you can see how skillfully he uses the physical presentation – slightly hangdog posture, sympathetic facial expressions, those gestures that seem to stop halfway through because he just doesn’t have the energy or the will to commit to them. But even if you don’t see him – and certainly you won’t when you slip this CD in your player – you’ll realize that he has the perfect voice for this material. It’s a gift – the guy just sounds funny even during the setup. Of course, he’s got the material to back it up. 

Get Off My Lawn is loaded with several of his best bits from those LCS appearances, like those girls who give you a fake phone number, drug commercials on TV, the consequences of lying on an Internet dating profile. But I was pleased to find that there was a lot of material I had not heard before. Great interaction with the crowd right from the first bit, whether he’s getting them directly involved in conversation or just asking rhetorical questions to move the pieces along. He weaves the local info into the set flawlessly; I laughed along at references I didn’t even understand out of context. 

Some of my favorites are the bits about jukeboxes, how to maximize the cost of phone sex, misunderstanding the convenience store guy and why he wouldn’t make the ideal prisoner. He leads off with a great routine, and outside of a slight stumble near the end is consistently funny from start to finish. The album was assembled from a run at the Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis; sound quality and performer/audience balance is excellent; kudos to Stand Up! Records

Naturman started performing when in law school at Fordham, and when not on the road can be found haunting Comix and the Comic Strip in New York City. Keep your eyes open for him on the late night network shows and cable comedy showcases;  his sets are as tight as they are strong. 

Buy Dan’s CD at Stand Up! Records 

Dan on Last Comic Standing 

Dan on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien 

Dan’s Podcast 

Real Books, Fake Excerpts 

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R.I.P. Mick Green – another guitar giant gone.

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