Humour - Released March 1, 2017 | Transatlantic


Humour - Released August 13, 2013 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

With Rhino's 2000 box set ...And It's Deep, Too!: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992) having fallen out of print, the year 2013 saw the rights to the comedian's work being sorted out once again and compiled in two very different sets. First, there was Shout Factory's No Pryor Restraint: Life in Concert, where producer Reggie Collins combined album cuts with rare material for a career-spanning and satisfying montage, while later in year, this dry compiling of Pryor's Warner Bros. material appeared, essentially replacing ...And It's Deep, Too! with its straight-up, chronological attitude. Compare the two and this one loses …And It's Deep's first (Pryor's 1968 self-titled effort for the Dove label) and last disc (a set of outtakes, brilliantly titled That "African-American" Is Still Crazy: Good Shit from the Vaults) along with the liner notes from Walter Mosley, which just happened to win a Grammy. The bookending discs from the previous set supplied some context and are missed, but the material within is ground-breaking, vital, and hilarious, all of it and all at once. The albums That Nigger's Crazy, ...Is It Something I Said?, and Bicentennial Nigger display the massive above amount of artistic growth Pryor was undergoing during this time, while Wanted, Live on the Sunset Strip and Here and Now show him on top, entertaining millions while kowtowing to none (save cocaine addiction, which Pryor is brutally honest about during the poignant bits of Sunset Strip). There's no booklet, just re-creations of the original albums all packaged in their own sleeves, and the cover photo even comes from the same session that was used on …And It's Deep. As such, the copyright on the back of the set still reads "2000," which is probably the last time anyone from the Warner creative department touched the stuff, but complaining about missed opportunities is still much, much better than complaining about this great work being out of print. Check No Pryor Restraint for a modern redo, but certainly check this one if you missed out on the earlier set. ~ David Jeffries

Humour - Released July 24, 2006 | Ryko - Rhino


Humour - Released November 20, 2007 | Rhino - Warner Bros.


Humour - Released November 22, 2005 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

Julia Sweeney's God Said "Ha!" documents her seriocomic one-woman show exploring the death of her brother Mike, her own battle against ovarian cancer and the struggles faced by her family and friends in the face of tragedy. Poignant and witty, the performance -- a monologue similar to the work of Spalding Gray and Lily Tomlin -- is a personal and professional resurrection won against extraordinary odds. ~ Jason Ankeny

Humour - Released December 26, 2006 | Rhino


Humour - Released October 19, 2018 | WortArt


Humour - Released January 1, 2008 | Marianne Mélodie


Humour - Released October 15, 2018 | WortArt


Humour - Released November 15, 2005 | Warner Bros.

America isn't often introduced to cutting-edge standup comedy on Oprah, but that's the way Greg Behrendt came up, thanks to the daytime diva's love affair with the book he co-wrote, He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys. The two-million copies it sold and the face time Oprah gave him sure eclipse the exposure the minor standup success he experienced before the book, which makes it surprising that save an Oprah name-drop here and a book mention there, Greg Behrendt Is Uncool is entirely approachable and humble, with Behrendt sounding just like a hotshot, hungry comedian getting his first big break. Take the energetic Dane Cook and up the vocabulary and maturity a bit and you've got an idea of the Behrendt experience. Believe it or not, there's a hint of Spalding Gray, too, as Behrendt's domestic-angst stories flow like a hyped-up Gray monologue that's held together by a theme. Realizing you're not as young as you think influences most of Uncool, an album that's not so much about being a nerd as it is about being at that age where "cool" is impossible. At one point, Behrendt recounts the story of arguing with a retail workin' kid in a Death Cab for Cutie hoodie that covers a Phil Collins t-shirt. The kid attacks Behrendt for being sentimental about Duran Duran, but when the oldster attacks the youngster for his shirt, the kid's snide "yeah man, I'm wearing it as a joke!," becomes the crushing blow as youth's almost exclusive ownership of irony destroys all hope for middle age coolness. How to turn forty with two kids and a mortgage and still rock is explored, and the idea that concerts should start in time so you can get home to watch Lost is proposed. This album moves at breakneck speed and it's riveting, especially for anyone old enough to fear they're turning into their parents, but Uncool the CD is just an audio rip of the Uncool DVD, something obvious on "Air Guitar" and elsewhere where the audience is laughing at something visual. Uncool the CD is such a marvelous, exciting, and hilarious debut for Behrendt that you might as well splurge a little and go right for the DVD. ~ David Jeffries

Humour - Released May 1, 2004 | Roof Music


Humour - Released January 1, 2004 | Capitol Nashville

Since Tim Wilson has not made a comedy album of all-new material in more than three years (meanwhile putting out a hits collection and an all-music set), you'd think he would have had time to come up with a disc's worth of fresh material. But The Real Twang Thang suggests he should have taken much longer. The usual comic Wilson persona is present here, of course, as he expounds from a red-state reactionary political viewpoint, while dipping into sexism, racism, homophobia, and religious intolerance. Usually, however, he isn't even interesting enough to be offensive; "Terrorists," for example, manages to be both tasteless and dated. (For all that, he remains curiously prim about his language, at least on disc, conscientiously bleeping out all curse words, no doubt in the hopes of achieving morning "zoo" radio play.) But what is not usual is that he is so rarely funny. He seems to have lost interest in standup work; only six tracks out of 21 are spoken-word commentaries rather than songs, and even when he's talking, he strums a guitar occasionally and plays bits of songs to illustrate his points. Clearly, he'd rather be singing than talking. When he does speak, he spends much of his time criticizing members of the audience (one track is called "Messing with the Crowd," although all of the standup tracks could be called that). He insults young people and bores them with reminiscences about what it was like for him growing up in the days before car seats and safety helmets, when he watched Bonanza on TV. You can hear people laughing here and there, but there is actually little or no humor in his commentaries. The talking, however, is still much better than the singing. Musically pedestrian and indifferently performed, the songs tend to be one-joke efforts, if that. By the end of the disc, few of them are running more than a minute in length. The Real Twang Thang sounds like Tim Wilson's leftovers, material cut from standup routines and recording sessions because it wasn't worth including on earlier albums. ~ William Ruhlmann

Humour - Released March 1, 1999 | EastWest Germany

Humour - Released September 25, 2006 | WM Italy

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Humour - Released April 5, 2009 | WM Italy

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Humour - Released September 25, 2006 | WM Italy

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Humour - Released October 7, 2008 | Select Records


Humour - Released April 11, 2008 | Na klar!

Humour - Released April 26, 2011 | Edition Berliner Musenkinder

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Humour - Released October 1, 2007 | Roof Music