Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward

Now, we’re going to have to acknowledge something before jumping into our review.

This is Jeselnik during his special.

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Now, this is him before/after the special.

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Quite a big difference I would say!!

The reason that I am bringing up his uh… new appearance on the special is that his comedic style definitely doesn’t land with the beardless look. As a fellow bearded man, I am always a proponent of facial hair, even just because of laziness if nothing else.

Jeselnik’s style is pretty much one-liners at nothing more than shock value. I personally find shock humor lazy and requiring less development. Most of the most famous comedians currently, such as Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, and John Mulaney are using bit-style stories. Jeselnik seemed to dabble in that side of comedy but gave up halfway once he got his one-liner out of it.

Were there moments where I was laughing? Sure.

The problem is more so centered around his timing and his commitment to the bit. He says about four words a minute which just downright pisses me off. I get the use of comedic timing and waiting, but that’s abandoned if that’s what every one liner of yours revolves around.

Rating: Deep-Fried Golden Corral Sirloin



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