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Shout it from the rooftops, comedy lovers: Paul F. Tompkins is back! FREAK WHARF, the long-awaited follow-up to Tompkins 2007 debut IMPERSONAL, is coming December 1st from ASPECIALTHING RECORDS. Recorded in front of a sold-out crowd at Chicago s Lakeshore Theater, FREAK WHARF finds Tompkins exploring the outer limits of his imagination and his own material as he alternates between fan favorites like The Sink and The Mirror, Cake v. Pie and Go Ask Alice and impromptu flights of fancy like The Enchanted Bottle. In a marked departure from the Swiss watch precision of his first release, Paul opens this album with fifteen minutes of stream-of-consciousness riffing, a prelude as loose and sublimely silly as you will ever hear. This sets the tone for a uniquely entertaining show that crackles with the infectious energy of a master performer who is completely in the moment and just plain having fun. We cordially invite all of you to join in that fun by purchasing this recording. Paul F. Tompkins is an actor, writer and comedian who hosted VH1 s "Best Week Ever" and has appeared on shows like "Late Night with Conan O Brien," "The Daily Show" and his own "Comedy Central Presents." He was a cast member and writer for the HBO cult classic "Mr. Show with Bob and David," and has more recently been seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" and Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!"
|Audio CD Release Date:||December 01, 2009|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 9 reviews|
|1. ||Riff Suite No. 1|
|2. ||Riff Suite No. 2|
|3. ||Riff Suite No. 3|
|4. ||The Sink and the Mirror|
|5. ||Apologize For Your Dog|
|6. ||The Enchanted Bottle|
|7. ||New Dads|
|8. ||Smashed Pennies|
|9. ||Cake v. Pie|
|10. ||Go Ask Alice|
|Average Customer Review: ( 9 customer reviews )
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4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
More than I expected Jul 05, 2010
By Michael Taylor
I enjoyed "Impersonal" a lot, and it certainly had some well-crafted jokes, but other than "Peanut brittle" and "jazz" the rest seemed a little bit too crafted. It just sounded like a guy doing bits he had been doing for ten years and had gotten a little too comfortable doing. But Freak Wharf has a more conversational, less contrived style. He is clearly doing material for most of it (he even says, "Now I'm doing material"), but it seems like his time spent riffing and getting outside his comfort zone has improved his delivery a lot. The material remains brilliant. The last bit, about the Go Ask Alice protagonist's descent into addiction has had me laughing for hours since I finished the CD. Buy it!
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Like Having PFT In Your Living Room! Dec 03, 2009
By The Unlawyer
You want to feel like Paul F. Tompkins is standing in your living room performing his act?
Sure, you could just hire him, but who has $250,000 lying around to cover his exorbitant appearance fee? A better option in these tough economic times might be to fork out 10 bucks for his amazing new CD - FREAK WHARF.
The album brilliantly captures PFT's hilarious, bizarrely relatable flights of fancy. He's a comic at the top of his game here. At one moment, he's making us laugh with his finely-tuned material, and the next he's leading us down an absurd rabbit hole in a blur of whimsical stream-of-consciousness.
My only complaint is that the CD isn't 5 hours long... or that I don't have $250,000 to burn.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Ohhh you pie people. You make me laugh. Mar 03, 2011
By R. Reining
"Old School Zinger"
Paul F. Tompkins is one of my favorite comedians. I hesitated to say he's one of the best comedians of my generation, because comedy is so subjective. But in my opinion, he is. Freak Wharf is good, solid comedy. I think perhaps I was slightly let down by this album because I loved Impersonal so much. Overall, I think his previous effort was a little better, but there is still plenty of comedy gold to be mined from this album, and not all of it immediately apparent.
Having listened to dozens of comedy albums, one thing in particular becomes clear. The funny in a joke is much more about the words being used and the way the words are said than the subject or the punchline. And this thought was on my mind a lot while listening to this album, because one thing more than anything I have come to expect from Mr. Tompkins is his ability to turn a word or a phrase and make it funny just with his inflection.
The first three tracks on the album all sound improv'd. I read that before buying it and was a little hesitant at what I would find. Sometimes improvising for a comedian goes about as well as a band "just jamming" on stage. Kind of a train wreck. But it's not the case. Some of the jokes are a little weak, but the first three tracks overall are not a whole lot weaker than the rest of the album. The final two tracks are where his true comedic genius is showcased. Cake vs. Pie and Go Ask Alice, respectively. My first listen through of the final two tracks was at work, and I could barely keeping my laughter silent.
The great thing about comedy is the ability of an artist to weave thoughts together out of words, providing immediate punchlines and also more subtle layers that you'll find during repeat listens. Freak Wharf is no disappointment. My only hope is that Paul F. Tompkins' next album is twice as long twice as soon.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Paul F. makes good Jan 09, 2010
By Nicholas Conrad
As funny as any alt comedy CD I've heard. I've become aquainted with PFT through his many appearances on Never Not Funny. I got his first CD 'Impersonal', which was excellent, and Freak Wharf was also.
Paul F Tompkins Fantastic Transitition Album May 16, 2013
I have been a fan of Paul F Tompkins since I have seen him on comedy central presents a long time ago. I saw his new stand up called Laboring under Delusions and thoroughly enjoyed it. I decided to come back and purchase some of his older material and I was not disappointed. This CD is the album where you really see him come into his own. From just telling jokes to tell hilarious stories about his life he is transitioning into the amazing comedian he is today. I think the smashed penny and Cake vs Pie tracks are worth the price! Finally we can learn who is the victor between that immortal argument!
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