Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.
This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Dylan Brody, whose new album is available this week on Stand Up! Records. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email email@example.com.
Dylan Brody doesn’t necessarily consider himself a stand-up comic – he doesn’t tell jokes, he tells stories. And while most comedy CDs are recorded in dark, crowded clubs or theaters, Chronological Disorder was recorded in a small recording studio (in which Brody managed to pack forty people), and the intimate setting showcases Brody’s talent in an almost forgotten comedic style, long-form humor.
“I don’t actually brand as a comic, I brand as a humorist storyteller. Were it 1958 or 1962 what I do would make perfect sense as a comic,” Brody states. “Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby and a bunch of people at that time were really doing the sort of long-form stuff that I’m doing now, and working as comics. But since the late 80s, comedy has turned into a laugh every fifteen seconds for reasons of television attention span and as a result of the short showcase sets that everybody was doing in the early 90s. It really became just a series of fast punch lines, and I’m trying to work with longer-form thinking. I believe that smart people like to laugh too.”
If the world of stand-up comedy were a party, most of the comedy that has been produced since the 90s has generally been a house party of sorts – a hell of a good time, a few regrets, and maybe an arrest or two. Brody’s comedic style is instead that of a sophisticated dinner party – you’re still going to enjoy yourself, but chances are you’ll come out smarter in the process. It may not be a style that’s right for everyone, though, as those who lack the patience to follow some of Brody’s stories could easily be left behind. In telling his audience a story about having groupies, Brody recounts a somewhat inappropriate reaction he couldn’t help but having.
“While it’s good to give us that information, please choose your words carefully,” Brody recalls. “Because she shouted, ‘I’m fixin’ to come!’, and to me that was adorable – and hilarious. And when you burst out laughing at exactly that moment in somebody else’s experience, you need to get a new groupie.”
Brody is an award-winning playwright and author, and his sharp story-telling wit can be heard on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio’s LaughUSA Channel, and in March of 2011 he began providing content for Yahoo’s streaming radio system and CBS interactive, with his short comedic rants acquiring more than 1.5 million individual impressions each day. Long story short – he’s an incredibly intelligent man whose stories are thoughtful, hilarious and meaningful (or, as his website so appropriately dubs him, a ‘purveyor of fine words and phrases’).
While there will always be a huge market for short-form comedy, in all its hilarious mass-appeal, it’s utterly refreshing to stop for a moment, and sit back and enjoy some truly funny storytelling by a truly talented artist. Chronological Disorder is available today on Amazon.com and iTunes – do your mind a favor and pick up a copy now!