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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
by Garon Cockrell
Brian Posehn: “The Fartist” (2013) CD Review
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June 27, 2013 5:15 p.m.






Ive been a fan of Brian Posehn for many years. I
particularly love his work on The Sarah
Silverman Program
, but basically am into whatever he does, as hes
one of the funniest men around. So I was totally excited to hear his new comedy
CD, The Fartist.  And its great. It was recorded last year in
Seattle. I love his self-deprecating humor, and his combination of intelligence
with delightful crudity.




Brian starts off talking about how hes changed things
about himself for his wife and their baby. One example: I no longer go to stripping clubs. And he goes right into lots of
material about strippers. If I see a
stripper in the airport, its the same as seeing a dude in the military. Its
like, Thanks. Were super fucking proud of you
. But my favorite line is
probably, How much money will it cost to
make you stop crying?




The biggest change hes made in his life is quitting smoking
pot. The audience boos him, which he appreciates. Remembering things, boo, he jokes. I had no idea he quit smoking
pot its somewhat shocking and oddly discouraging. Another change is that he
doesnt masturbate as much anymore. So
now pot and my wiener are like Buzz and Woody from
Toy Story 3. Theyre like, What happened, you used to
play with us all the time.




While he started his routine by talking about things that
hes deliberately changed about himself, he later talks about changes his body
has undergone or implemented on its own. Now that hes in his forties, his farts
smell like hes already dead. He talks about how he used to fart on his
friends. If I was to fart on one of my
friends now, theres an eighty-five percent chance Im going to shit on my
friend. And that is a true test of friendship
.




He has a lot of great material about his body changing as
he gets older (stuff I completely understand), liking his body to an old car that
you have to explain and apologize for. Hes so wonderfully candid, and thats
really what makes this material so good.




He also has plenty of material about being a father. When my wife told me we were having a kid, I
was like, Thats awesome baby, youre going to make a great single mom
. He
used to say, as part of his routine, that if he became one of those comedians
that softens and talks about his child, people should punch his baby. Now hed
prefer if people would not punch his baby. Things change.




Brian Posehn ends with a bit about how Star Wars betrayed him. This I totally
get. To hell with the special editions. I want to smack George Lucas for
ruining my childhood memories.




The Fartist was
released on June 25, 2013 through New Wave Dynamics. 




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