Nick Vatterott – For Amusement Only

Nick Vatterott came out of nowhere for me, but it’s one of my favorites. He’s been around somewhat, has a Comedy Central credit, along with being on a few late night shows. He frequently opened for TJ Miller 

Nick Vatterott is able to utilize the ability to draw on quick transitions of voices and sounds, but never makes it about just making a weird sound from his mouth. On the track Introduce yourself Vatterott utilizes his ability to swiftly move from voice to voice to build up to some great punchlines. It has him starting with hearing someone ask the bartender if they’re name is “Dar-Kar ” and going into that person about that is not a name. Then he goes on to add an element of how people will repeat names. This joke is one of the most layered jokes I have ever heard, and on top of the great writing, Vatterott’s delivery makes the joke work. 

Vatterott is able to utilize his energy into unique jokes that in addition to being high energy are different. This album is definitely a shining star of what comedy can be, any comedy and should give this album a listen. He is a great writer, and his ability to embrace small characters in jokes and perform them in big ways is stellar. 

Favorite Tracks: Catch of the day, TV, Introduce yourself

If you like Nick Vatterorr you should check out Sam Tallent, Sean Patton, Myq Kaplan, and Emily Heller.

Colin Quinn – Parking Lot

Colin Quinn – Parking Lot

I haven’t seen any of Colin Quin’s stand up, but i did see him live once at the comedy cellar, and he was the second best that night, right after Michelle wolf, who fucking killed it. This is a special fileded during 2021, and it’s just a drive-in show. Colin quin frames it like he came up with the idea, and was the first to do it. But it’s like, c’mon dude, as soon as covid began comics began trying weird shows to fill the void. I went to one of those weird car shows, it was bad. 

I wne to one of these shows. It was awful. Hannibal Buress and friends came to indianapolis. To a drive through. Me and my friend wnet, we drove all the way up, the best part was just getting to talk to my friend for so long. The actual show was straight stupid, if you ask me. I wasn’t into it. Hannibal got up, did about ten minutes of bad standup that didn’t hit. He didn’t know how to make it hit a car audience. After he did ten minutes, he brought up a comic from Chicago that was not good, and then he brought Dj Marshmello. Dj Marshmellow made me feel like I had wasted my money. During Dj Marshmellow’s set we thought about leaving, but instead we both just went to the bathroom, which took about 20 minutes because it was a parking lot show. I do want ot say I think Hannibal is fucking great and one of the best comics in the game. This wasn’t a good show for him, he was obviously rusty and 

This special was also bad. Of course there was nothing as bad as the Hannibal Buress show. Because I had to wait in line for that. But Colin Quinn’s park lot special was bad because all of the comics were talking about how bad it was, and it wasn’t focused on the comedy. Itw as focused on the cattiness of the comics int he back,a nd their dumb antics. This was treated like a podcast. Apparently Quinn asked the comics to do new material, so it’s like… why would I want to see that? I hope we never have to try to do parking lot shows for people in their cars again.

Nore Davis balances chill and fretfull on “Too Woke”

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Nore Davis is a New York-based comic whose humanity shines in his new album. The premise of the album is that it is introduced by a radio DJ, which is a perfect tone setting moment for this album. It’s unique, wacky, and perfect for the zeitgeist, a small thing that immediately sets the album apart from others.

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Gavin Matts – Premature

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Gavin Matts had a great Conan set. It was the first time I had heard of the Canadian comic, and it quickly lead me to listen to his album, which combines sketch comedy and stand-up. His Conan set is virtually the only credit this guy has, save the show Just for Laughs, which is significantly easier for Canadians to get. It’s surprising that a guy so relatively early in his comedy career has such a unique voice that comes through so strikingly in jokes.

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Emily Heller – Good for Her

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Emily Heller is currently a writer for the TV show Barry and has an hour-long Comedy Central special, among other accolades. She is one of the freshest voices comedy has at the moment. This is one of her jumping-off points, and definitely the first moment we get to see her be entirely her own comedian. She has moved on from doing just stand-up. Emily Heller’s first album Good for Her is a great listen. She also released Pasta in 2018 , and I recommend both. The Comedy Central hour-long special Ice Thickeners has most of the jokes from Pasta on it.

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Donut County Review

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Donut county is a cute game that takes about two hours to play, also there is a racoon, so it is worth it. It’s a cute low poly indie game that got a lot of attention when it was released, but then other cute low poly indies games were released so the discussion went other places. Donut County, is a lot like Katamari Damacy. They are both physics based games, that have fun silly characters and stories. Katamari is definitely more wacky and out there, and also significantly longer but are sufficiently out there. At the beginning of Donut County you are in a hole, a literal hole, with a bunch of animals. Then you become the hole. You move the hole and things fall into it.

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Miitopia is absolutely stupid, and that’s what makes it great

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Miitopia is the stupidest game I have ever played. I love it and it’s great at being stupid (considerably better than I am). It should be a phone a game, but instead it’s a $40 game that came out near the end of the 3DS’s life, so it’s unlikely you will find it for cheap. I spent 12 dollars. But it is a fun game that did not get much attention. It’s a game that you can share with your friends by sending them images of themselves fighting monsters.

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Jayde Adams expresses the intricacies of compassion on “Serious Black Jumper”

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Jayde Adams doesn’t come off as a stand up comedian when she starts this special, as her first few jokes involves projecting images, and she’s wearing a small mic that looks more in place at a business conference than a comedy club. Despite all this Adams proves that she is hilarious and has a lot to say.

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Judgement’s solid plot tops the Yakuza franchise

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This console generation, I fell in love with the Yakuza games. I bought the ps3 Yakuza 1, but never bothered to power up the ps2 to play it. But then they remade Yakuza 1 as Yakuza Kimiwa for the PS4, and that started me on a journey through the entire series. Now I land on the new release Judgment.

Judgment is a Yakuza game, just without the characters, and with some additional detective elements. If you are like me, you were hoping there would be a Detective Pikachu crossover, since the timing is perfect for it. But alas, unless we hear that Judgment is coming to Switch, it is doubtful that Detective Pikachu will pull his gun out on Takashi. This saddens us all, but ultimately we can understand why it happened this way. Pikachu would have been too hard to animate in the Yakuza world. It’s tremendously sad that we have a Sega crossover that puts Rabbids in the Mario universe, but not one that makes Pikachu a yakuza.

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Gilbert Gottfried – Dirty Jokes

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This album is a straight up classic. Gottfried’s voice is so wild and out there that sometimes it’s easy to forget that he’s telling some of the tightest jokes around. There was a moment, about three tracks into Dirty Jokes, where I went, “Oh, the title tells you what it is… Just dirty one-liners for an hour,” and then I knew I loved this album more than I could ever anticipate. There are other one liner albums, like Dan Miz’s The Stranger. Miz also takes a specific voice and theme and uses it for an entire set of one-liners.

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