LIVE From The Comedy Trap House
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Nore Davis is a stand-up and sketch comic – you might have seen him on Amy Schumer’s show for instance. And he has a couple of comedy albums under his belt already. This latest is an interesting one – as much for the medium as the actual execution. Is this the first comedy album delivered via ZOOM? I assume so. Davis booked a meeting and recorded a set – you can hear his voice floating in that digital way, you can hear some scattered laughs recorded from those that were beaming in at the time. It is a Skype session recorded, basically. So its subject matter informs the delivery – this is a pivot for a comic no longer able to go out and road-test material at the clubs. No longer able to tour. No longer able to do a set anywhere except for one place…the internet.
Cue Trump bashing and commentary around Black Lives Matter. Of course. And it’s deep and thoughtful stuff. Davis is warm and engaging; sometimes more so than he’s actually funny. But it’s a revelation to hear this for the format that it takes and the way it is delivered. Also there are some great, deep dives into the sad psyche of America’s state, its lack of proper governance – it’s kill or be killed mentality, politically.
Davis shrugs as he mumbles out that when he’s sick he goes and sees Dr. Walgreens. That his universal health care is GoFundMe. Man, these are great lines. Think about them for a bit. How hard they actually hit.
His cover image is of course a tribute to one of his heroes and one of comedy’s pioneers – Richard Pryor. What a time it was when we had stand-up comedians doing their shows, the ones that became taped specials and comedy albums. We might be a long way off having that time again. But this is a clever way through.
And there’s something about Davis’ tone throughout. He’s speaking through some pretty universal experiences now – the confusion of various lockdown states; the boredom and absurdity. Panic too. The gaslighting and mental health worries.
I’m not LIVE From The Comedy Trap House is ever actually laugh out loud funny. I’m not sure it’s supposed to be. How could it be. This is a horror show where we are right now – and America has its madman not only at the wheel but threatening to never give it over, and so sure he’s the best at being fit and sane, the biggest, the brightest, the richest, the toughest. He’s none of those things. He’s only biggest at being a horrendous monster, despicable and appalling cunt. Somehow I think Davis is speaking to that existential fear here. Beaming it in to your ears from his lockdown laptop.
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