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Caligula

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Other albums by Anthony Jeselnik

  1. Shakespeare
  2. Thoughts and Prayers
  3. Shakespeare
Anthony Jeselnik 11/5/2013

Review

An evil mix of Steven Wright, Richard Belzer, Christopher Walken, Daniel Tosh, and the Addams Family's butler Lurch, Anthony Jeselnik is standup's man in black, dressed in that absence of color from his head to his toes to his heart. After all, the kickoff track here is called "Rape," and if that weren't enough warning, Jeselnik proudly alerts his audience about the trifecta of rape jokes about to come, seeing them as the three great pillars of his act. They're not, as his story of growing up with a Holocaust-denying mother who is also obsessed with Princess Di's death ("Her entire house is filled with nothing but pictures of Princess Diana, and they're all from right after the accident. Most them she drew.") is even better in a Grand Guignol style, while the cataclysmic comedy pyramid called "Offensive" piles on the sick jokes with each gasp-worthy moment topping the previous, resulting in a bit that should hang in the Louvre if they ever move that museum to the land of the damned. Alternative lifestyles get a pass ("I think my friend Jeff is gay. I dunno; I'm so bad with names."), domestic violence is just fodder ("I'd never hit a woman, not even if she had a knife, or a stutter."), and the mentally challenged, the suicidal, and the terminally ill are shown no mercy. If this all sounds like the work of a gross, mean fiend, it's the restrained pace and the skewering wit that makes Jeselnik a Charles Addams-styled modern master of the macabre. Take a surprisingly crafted, shockingly funny trip to the dark side and party just like Caligula would, but be very wary of anyone who says "Jeselnik? He's my favorite!" ~ David Jeffries
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Rape Anthony Jeselnik 2:34
  3. 2 Good Guy Anthony Jeselnik 2:13
  4. 3 Death Anthony Jeselnik 3:50
  5. 4 Bad Dates Anthony Jeselnik 3:1
  6. 5 Ex-Girlfriend Anthony Jeselnik 3:25
  7. 6 Girlfriend Anthony Jeselnik 7:7
  8. 7 All Over the World Anthony Jeselnik 3:18
  9. 8 Delay Anthony Jeselnik 1:44
  10. 9 Father Anthony Jeselnik 3:47
  11. 10 Mother Anthony Jeselnik 3:47
  12. 11 Suicide Chunk Anthony Jeselnik 2:17
  13. 12 Offensive Anthony Jeselnik 5:58
  14. 13 Showstoppers Anthony Jeselnik 3:0
  15. 14 Shut the Fuck Up Anthony Jeselnik 6:46

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