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Caligula  (Audio CD) 
by Anthony Jeselnik

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Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated notorious roast specialist and rising star brings his signature dark and twisted point of view to his new special, Caligula. Released in conjunction with the network world premiere along of Anthony's new weekly Comedy Central series. The once dubbed "satanic prince of stand-up" routinely goes where few comedians would even consider going, saying things most wouldn't even dare, without any hesitation.

Product Details
Audio CD Release Date:January 15, 2013
Studio:Comedy Central Rec.
Number Of Discs:1
Average Customer Rating: based on 24 reviews

Track Listing
1. Rape
2. Good Guy
3. Death
4. Bad Dates
5. Ex-Girlfriend
6. Girlfriend
7. All Over the World
8. Delay
9. Father
10. Mother
11. Suicide Chunk
12. Offensive
13. Showstoppers
14. Shut the Fuck Up

Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review:4.5 ( 24 customer reviews )
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3 of 3 found the following review helpful:

2Only got a few chuckles out of me  May 26, 2014 By Nate
I've enjoyed some of Anthony's other work so I decided to purchase this CD, sadly I only thought a couple bits were actually funny. I agree with another reviewer who said that he always uses an obvious pause before the offensive part of his bit, it makes every joke predictable and it got boring about halfway through.

4 of 5 found the following review helpful:

5If you like dark and twisted will like Jeselnik  Jan 17, 2013 By Marc from Buckeye Country! "Marc"
If you like politically incorrect and sometimes painfully inappropriate humor, then you will like Anthony Jeselnik. His jokes and his dead pan delivery are absolutely amazing and hilarious. He makes you feel guilty for laughing but you can't help it. There is no subject off limits either. After seeing him on the Comedy Central Roasts and then getting his first release, Shakespeare, I knew I'd like this one...I was wrong...I loved it! Can't wait for his new show on Comedy Central.

9 of 13 found the following review helpful:

2Humor is Hard; Offensiveness is Easy  May 07, 2013 By Mark Eremite "This Is A Display Model Only"
I really enjoyed Shakespeare, Jeselnik's first album. I listen to a lot of comedy, and lately it's been hard to find new acts that don't seem to be the same watered-down shtick. Jeselnik had a fresh style of delivery, impeccable timing, and the bravado to be risque in his humor without flinching. Also, most importantly, he was funny.

Something has changed in Jeselnik. I was really looking forward to this album, but I was sorely disappointed. I fear that Jeselnik has become a victim of his own success, much in the same way M. Night Shyamalan was ruined by his amazing first film, The Sixth Sense. That movie had a fantastic third act twist; it was the kind of twist that didn't diminish or devalue the previous two acts, but which instead cast them in a new light, re-translating the tale into something more profound and meaningful. M. Night, thinking the twist was the only reason for that film's success, proceeded to make a habit out of forcing into his movies major third act twists, whether the films needed them or not, turning himself into a one trick pony, and a lame one at that.

Jeselnik, having gained fame for being The Offensive Guy, has made a similar shift. His first album certainly was a bevy of offensive jokes, but they played like they were supposed to be funny first, and that the offensiveness was a by-product of Jeselnik's sense of humor. Now, Jeselnik has decided (it seems) that the offensiveness should take the forefront. It's almost as if he thinks it was the jokes' offensiveness that made them funny, when that was only the icing on the cake.

The end result is that you have a comedian who literally announces that you will be offended by his jokes, and who prefaces his subject matter by actually categorizing it (rape joke coming up! suicide joke coming up!). Here's the thing, though: it is really, really, really easy to be offensive. It is a hundred times harder to be funny, and Jeselnik seems to have taken the easy route in his comedy. This is made even more obvious by the way he over-emphasizes his timing in nearly every joke. Listen to just five of his bits, and you can hear the now-awkwardly obvious pause he puts in every sentence right before he's about to say the "offensive" bit. If you're quick enough on the draw, you can use that pause to accurately guess what punchline he's about to say.

There are a few great bits that I really enjoyed (the joke where he must decide which parent to live with after a divorce; the story about the twenty-five pound crucifix), but for the most part, this just felt like a comedian pigeonholing himself into a dull, predictable corner. The audience on the disc cheers all of his bits, but I have to wonder why. Honestly. Because I don't think it's the humor of his bits. I think it's the supposed bravery of a man who announces to everyone that he's about to be racist or make light of retarded people. Maybe that is brave, when it's done with humor in mind, but when the offensiveness is held up like a shield or badge of honor, it just comes across as fake, weak, and like the lamest of Shyamalan's pointless third act twists.

1 of 1 found the following review helpful:

5Another dry humor block buster  Jan 24, 2013 By S V Muralidhar
This guy is a tremendous talent and a modern day Diogenes of Sinope ( a cynic) !

His jokes are nasty without being mean and that is something very hard to do and be funny!

Caligula is a bright light amongst the usual plethora of modern stand up that can almost be pre-packaged as raunchy - clever or ethnic these days.

I strongly recommend this album - a delicious politically incorrect masterpiece!

1 of 1 found the following review helpful:

4Well, golly gee whiz  Jun 15, 2014 By Longsworth
This ain't your grandma's comedian. Nor should he be. Anthony is an articulate young man who will explain to you the error of your ways and world view in a life-defining, life-devastating manner. Caution: he uses bad words and talks about bad things that your family won't discuss ever at the dinner table.

I laughed a lot because I am an awful person. But certainly no worse than Anthony.

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