The first stand-up comedy album from David Cross
, 2004's Shut Up You Fucking Baby!
joins Patton Oswalt's Werewolves and Lollipops
as one of the best stand-up albums of the 2000s. The double-length album covers everything from post-9/11 New York to the misuse of the word "literally" to one of the funniest drunk stories ever recorded (literally), all told with the same cynicism and intelligence that Cross honed during his years on Mr. Show with Bob and David
A lot of the album consists of the comic talking about things he doesn't like or is bothered by; in that way, Cross is a bit like George Carlin
- he excels at pointing out the hypocrisies of government and society, whether it's former Attorney General John Ashcroft's objections to the statue of Lady Justice or the scores of "talented" dreamers out to make it in show business. But whereas Carlin's material was always well-rehearsed and delivered with the focus of a laser beam, Cross's style is loose and improvisatory; he's more of a stream-of-consciousness storyteller than a traditional teller of jokes. That means some people won't know where to laugh; they may need that setup/punchline structure as a cue. Those people probably won't like Cross, but he doesn't have much use for them either -- like most smart and outspoken comics, Cross doesn't suffer fools easily. In fact, he doesn't suffer much easily.
The album is actually something of a comedy landmark; it's one of the only pieces of art from its particular genre that deals openly with 9/11 and the political and social climate that was created in its aftermath. Though its references may seem too current to last, the album will still be important in 20 years. Mark my words.
- Album Release Date: November 5, 2002
- Label: Sub-Pop