I’ve 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 he’s
one of the funniest men around. So I was totally excited to hear his new comedy
CD, The Fartist. And it’s 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 he’s 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, it’s the same as seeing a dude in the military. It’s
like, ‘Thanks. We’re 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 he’s 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 – it’s somewhat shocking and oddly discouraging. Another change is that he
doesn’t masturbate as much anymore. “So
now pot and my wiener are like Buzz and Woody from Toy Story 3. They’re like, ‘What happened, you used to
play with us all the time.’”
While he started his routine by talking about things that
he’s deliberately changed about himself, he later talks about changes his body
has undergone or implemented on its own. Now that he’s in his forties, his farts
smell like he’s already dead. He talks about how he used to fart on his
friends. “If I was to fart on one of my
friends now, there’s an eighty-five percent chance I’m 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. He’s so wonderfully candid, and that’s
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, ‘That’s awesome baby, you’re 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 he’d
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.