Comedy Dynamics, A Nacelle Company
I wonder these days what the need is for a “Comedy Album” – given that we are inundated with Netflix specials; you can just watch those without really watching them for the album experience; you can put your headphones on and walk around with Netflix on in your pocket as if streaming mp3s…
Well, anyway, the comedy albums still arrive. And the best of them are a nice break from constant music and podcasts and the very best of them are worth sharing. So Jim Gaffigan returns and he’s always good. But here he’s back to the basic structure of just telling jokes, road stories and observational riffs.
The last few years he’s had a book to plug or a TV show and then there was the awful health scare for his wife (and writing partner). So all of that informed the work and was part of the reason for touring too. Quality Time feels like his “Get Back” album, a back to basics hour of humour.
And there’s some classic Gaffigan style and setups almost immediately. Opening track (2XL) has him spilling his guts on his own weight gain and on the societal fat-shaming industry.
From there it’s through his own recent health-scare (Appendix) to dog birthday parties, travel and family holidays and a soon-to-be-classic run of horse jokes.
He’s at the top of his game here – and all without a cuss-word. It’s a remarkable feat in a comedy world where shouting the n-word or expletives gets a pity-laugh or shocked gasp. Gaffigan’s comedy is about the writing almost all of the time. And when it’s not, when it is about something silly, something absurd, it’s due to the power of his comedic persona. Something he’s crafted across two decades of being one of the best, and most consistent.
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