Great weekend of comedy on the boob tube.
First, Myq Kaplan gets his turn to light up Friday nights with his special in the Comedy Central Presents series. Kaplan’s a really sharp guy, one of the more intellectual comics on the scene who uses that ability for great humor, not a lofty perch to talk down from. In other words, the puns and related jokes are flying but still funny even if some of them go over your head. (Which they won’t , because you are also smart, Prescription reader!)
Myq’s debut album Vegan Mind Meld is out this month as well. Don’t have my copy yet but look for a review soon. In the meantime, if you missed the special, check Comedy Central for rebroadcasts (there’s one scheduled for Sunday, May 2, at 8:30am EDT)
Myq Kaplan’s website
And tonight is the television premiere of Dov Davidoff’s new special Filthy Operation on Comedy Central.
Gone is the bed-head haircut, replaced by a military buzzcut, but everything else underneath looks the same. Which means you can expect him to prowl the stage restlessly, spewing seemingly spontaneous thoughts like he’s trying to quiet the voices in his head by getting them out in the open. Equal parts self-immolation and caustic observation of the absurd, Davidoff is wildly entertaining.
If his new show is anything like his album The Point Is, strap yourself in for an hour of great laughs, unique viewpoints and some uncomfortable stories that will probably sound like he’s been in your head, too.
(If you miss the initial broadcast, an encore presentation of Dov Davidoff: Filthy Operation is scheduled to air on Thursday, May 6 at midnight EDT.)
Dov Davidoff’s website
Winging it, sorta
Dov Davidoff doesn’t walk out onto the stage in a conventional manner. Tumbling and shuffling in from a side angle, he looks like a guy who’s opened the wrong door but instead of panicking and going back, he says “what the hell, let’s do this!”. He rambles and paces, makes abrupt turns, stutters and segues in and out of his own material. Generally he comes off like a stoner with comedy Tourettes, a patient on the couch with the audience as psychiatrist.
In lesser hands, it would be annoying as hell. For Davidoff, it’s the perfect character. And most of the time, he nails it.
Last year’s debut album is called The Point Is, after the phrase that he uses to bring you back to the main joke after dancing your brain about like an eggbeater for a couple of minutes. I’ve heard a lot of the same material in his talk show appearances and his Comedy Central special. But I laughed almost as hard as I did the first time I saw the bits because I buy into what he’s doing – a harmless guy who could be the target of his own barbs mocking the idiocy and frustrations he sees in others. And while his stream-of-consciousness delivery might be a bit unorthodox, once you finally get onto his wavelength, it’s easy to enjoy the ride.
Although he’s a very physical comic, you can appreciate the album on its own merits, although I would advise at least seeing a clip or two first just to lock that mental image in your brain. However, I’m not certain how long you want to keep that image up there – just sayin’…
Besides being a staple on the club circuit and the late night talk shows, Davidoff is also a good actor; although he’s had minor roles to date, his charisma is undeniable. I hope he lands a few meaty parts, but not at the expense of what is hopefully a bright future making me laugh.
Dov Davidoff’s MySpace page and official website.
A clip from his Comedy Central special.
Dov’s Cringe Humor page.
Davidoff on Jimmy Kimmel
Two crazy people cancel each other out