This double CD is Sub Pop's first (intentional) comedy release, recorded during David's 2002 national tour. He and Bob Odenkirk were the men responsible for HBO's popular comedy series, 'Mr. Show'. The Cross' other credi... more »ts include Men In Black 1 & 2, Ghost World, Pootie Tang, Cable Guy, Waiting For Guffman and more. Disc one is enhanced with a trailer for his 2003 DVD release. Deluxe digipak. 2002.« less
This double CD is Sub Pop's first (intentional) comedy release, recorded during David's 2002 national tour. He and Bob Odenkirk were the men responsible for HBO's popular comedy series, 'Mr. Show'. The Cross' other credits include Men In Black 1 & 2, Ghost World, Pootie Tang, Cable Guy, Waiting For Guffman and more. Disc one is enhanced with a trailer for his 2003 DVD release. Deluxe digipak. 2002.
"Right-wingers tend to hate David Cross, and even left-wingers can find themselves shifting uncomfortably in their seats. Cross is an angry comedian whose material is wrapped in bitter irony and social commentary. For starters, the track names on this CD are comments on the sad, sanitized state of standup comedy -- he satirized standups by using every tired, cliched comic topic he could include. He's not going to tell jokes about airplanes or the difference between men and women or whatever. That's just the beginning. Cross is insightful, loud, brash, and brave enough to point out inconsistencies in America, Judaism, Catholicism, and patriotism while most other comedians are busy talking about their wives or whatever homogenized, unoffensive, boring material Comedy Central allows. Sure, David Cross makes fun of southerners. Well, guess what, he's from Atlanta, so he can speak from experience. And besides, what southern comedian doesn't make fun of Yankees? It's nice to have a twist once in a while. Sure, David Cross makes fun of Southern Baptists, but didn't Lenny Bruce pick on Pentacostals thirty-five years ago? Didn't Sam Kinison make fun of the Pope? Doesn't Ben Stiller make jokes about Jews and Christians? Didn't Bill Hicks make fun of Republicans? Doesn't Dennis Miller make fun of Democrats now? Cross is merely following the path established by his bravest predecessors -- these comedians pull no punches and take risks to talk about what they really believe in (go figure, you can still do that in America). This album is not perfect, with a couple of stretches of rambling during which I wanted to fast-forward, but overall this is a solid comedy album. Cross rants and preaches and puts on his best Bill Hicks/Henry Rollins rendition, for lack of a better descriptor. If you enjoy comedy based in social satire and political commentary, as the late Bill Hicks used to do and Lewis Black and Henry Rollins currently do, then this is a great buy. However, if you prefer the blue, barroom "low-brow" humor of Rodney Carrington, or the clean, family humor of Bill Cosby, then David Cross might not be your cup of tea. David Cross' remarks will offend most right-wingers and even a few left-wingers, so buyer beware. Critical thinking and an open mind are required. David Cross will not dumb his act down or sanitize himself, and that's worthy of respect. Bottom line: if you are uncomfortable having your ideas challenged or don't want to risk being offended by a fellow American who thinks differently and isn't afraid to speak up, I suggest saving your money and sticking with what you already enjoy. Freedom is great like that."
More Funny Stuff From David Cross
DOC BARHAM | LOS ANGELES, CA USA | 12/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you dig HBO's Mr. Show you'll likely enjoy this more bitter cup of tea. This is intelligent, insightful, angry social satire comedy a la George Carlin, Dennis Miller, and Bill Hicks. IMO these sets most resemble, in tone and style, Bill Hicks' later albums 'Arizona Bay' and, in particular, 'Rant In E Minor'. Here, Cross has a more free-form rambling style than in his HBO special that occasionally dips into a self-indulgent one man show vibe. There's also a shrill cynicism that can be draining at times. However, these sets weren't performed in traditional comedy venues. Nor do I think it was intended for these to be anything less than what they appear to be, for in the liner notes Cross lets listeners know what to expect.Two CDs makes for a lot of material and a lot of laughter. David Cross is extremely funny and right on target with much of his comedy. This album is welcome relief and counterpoint to the backwash of banal comedy and infotainment news pumped out by the mass media these days. Pointed commentary and brutal honesty about uncomfortable truths is what great social satire is all about. But as a professional stand-up comedian and fan of comedy I'm probably more than a bit biased. The tea may be bitter, but chances are you'll be doing a Danny Thomas spit take from lauging so hard.Keep up the good work."
Gorgeous vitriol from David Cross
moxie123 | Pittsburgh, PA | 11/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you've never seen Mr. Show, buy the DVD now. I mean, stop reading this review and type Mr. Show into the search box. This CD is spit-milk-through-your-nose funny. Cross's targets are rednecks, George W. Bush, and [more] but his real hatred is reserved for stupidity in all its myriad forms, eg: putting an American flag on your Lexus SUV. My favorite quote so far is on the support for GWB after 9/11. "We treat him like he just won third place in the Special Olympics. Good boy, George!""
Review from a cranky terrorist!
animate ~ | Fayetteville, NC | 03/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"David Cross is well known. Sort of.
I usually remind others about him through movies like "Pootie Tang" and "Scary Movie 2". These movies have their funny parts, but they kind of mask the person that is David Cross. He started his career with standup, as a teenager. He's been a wonderfully insightful and funny comedian for over two decades, and this CD set is one of the best comedy albums of all time.
The CD set itself is very adventurous. A two CD standup set from almost any other comedian would seen overblown and pretentious, and you have to give it to David for having the balls to not cut this tour's material down to one disc. It's long, yes, but it doesn't wear out its welcome, and Mr. Cross tackles so many topics that nearly everyone is to find something they love (and maybe even hate) in this set.
He discusses his childhood; growing up in Roswell Georgia ("the whitest place in America"), and how his Jewish family was treated by locals, that "for a lack of a better term" are called Southern Baptist. He also discusses 9/11 (he lived, and still does, in NYC), and the effect it had on America in the way of crass commercialization ("have flags grafted on the inside of your eyelids so that at all times you have flags!") and neurotic patriotism.
The two best tracks are at the end of the second disc, where he discusses at length a drunken ordeal with the band Harlow, preceded by a mockery of rambunctious radio DJ's, and the track after, which discusses "the Promise Keepers" and their writings about events that "you know never happened".
[...] I'm only kidding.
There's very little wrong with this set, and the length of the tracks is not a problem. David has a great ability of building up tension and timing his jokes with great precision (any comedian will tell you that timing is a comedians most powerful tool). And while he says the "F-word" an awful lot, he uses it in such careful ways, as to punctuate an emotion he's feeling that may have not come through during the tension building I mentioned above. A parallel could almost be made here with Richard Pryor and the word "nigger"; something he struggled to get over in his childhood, and finally added to his arsenal, bringing about a revolution in comedy.
Today, there are hundreds of mediocre one-trick-pony comedians that work clubs day and night pulling out dick jokes (think of who Bill Hicks used to make fun of) and clever commentary on racism. This has been done a thousand times, but David Cross (along with others who I plan to review) gives us something more to think about; he brings issues to the front (once again, as Hicks did, but not to that extent) while providing great, hilarious examples of real life experiences using a great (and funny sounding) speaking voice.
These two discs are pricless to me- my friends and I still quote them all the time. The issues are also still relevant, and the discs require more than one listen to fully appreciate (there is alot of material here, after all). I really can't recommend any other working comedian over David Cross.
"I don't care if you've been in a [...] shark attack!""
Tasteless, offensive, and disgusting. I like it.
Evil Mr. Egg | Holland, MI USA | 10/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"David Cross is hands down the funniest comedian alive today. Most people are familiar with him through his work on Mr. Show, but this performance album from indie label Sub-Pop proves that he is just as funny, if not funnier, on his own. Dealing with topics ranging from the Bush Administration and the Catholic church to rednecks and radio disc jockeys, Cross is an angry man and he turns his anger into scathing and poignant comedy. With two CDs worth of live material, this album is well worth the money."