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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.
|Audio CD Release Date:||January 15, 2013|
|Studio:||Comedy Central Rec.|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 17 reviews|
|2. ||Good Guy|
|4. ||Bad Dates|
|7. ||All Over the World|
|11. ||Suicide Chunk|
|14. ||Shut the Fuck Up|
|Average Customer Review: ( 17 customer reviews )
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3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
If you like dark and twisted humor...you will like Jeselnik Jan 17, 2013
By Marc from Buckeye Country!
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.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Great follow-up! Feb 09, 2013
By Justin Lukasik
I've been a big fan of Jeselnik's for a few years. With Caligula, Jeselnik stays true to form and provides a great follow-up to Shakespeare. My only gripe is that I wish there were more jokes that weren't aired on the Comedy Central special. Regardless, it's a great album!
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Hilarious comic with a unique kind of comedy and delivery Jan 15, 2013
By Bob Levy
I loved his first cd. I got it after I saw him on a comedy central roast. I was waiting for today to get this new one. It's as good as his first cd. Very funny.
Offensiveness at it's best May 14, 2013
Jeselnik goes out if his way to take you to your edge. He takes normally taboo subjects and purposely goes after them. Dead babies, rape, cancer, the Holocaust... it's all there and done hilariously. Good stuff
Humor 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.
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