Sunday, September 23, 2012

Shelley Berman
"Outside Shelley Berman" (Vinyl)

This spoken-word comedy album shoots straight out of the 60's night club culture when you still had to wear a fedora to set foot outside on a Saturday night.   Cigarette smoke clung to everything and a neck tie was a necessity.

Despite this very "grown up" sense, this album is squeaky clean, making jokes the way it was always done "back in the day," playing with the audience's intelligence rather than insulting it.   Comparing Mr. Berman's opening bit is about Kafka, it would seem we've come a long way when Louis C.K. opens a stand-up special exploring the shock effect of the words c***, f*** and n*****.

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