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Eugene Mirman - God is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger's (Cover Artwork)

Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman: God is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger'sGod is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger's (2009)
Sub Pop Records

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As more and more comedians have children and prove true the jokes they made about babies making people not funny earlier in their career (Brian Posehn telling the audience people to punch his baby--if he has one and stops being edgy--on Live in Nerd Rage for example), I'm finding it harder and harde.
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As more and more comedians have children and prove true the jokes they made about babies making people not funny earlier in their career (Brian Posehn telling the audience people to punch his baby--if he has one and stops being edgy--on Live in Nerd Rage for example), I'm finding it harder and harder to find current comedy albums worth getting. Thankfully, Eugene Mirman continues his hilariously absurd comedy stylings on God is a Twelve-Year-Old with Asperger's.

The album begins with Mirman telling the story of a man saying, "There are probably bigger elevators than this in Russia" to which Mirman comments "That's not one of the prearranged stereotypes of Russia." Continuing the track, he mentions being accused of daring a small child to put a live fish into his mouth, but Mirman insists that if he had dared the child to do something, he would have dared him to "jerk off in a time machine and send it to Hitler." Giving a little insight into why Mirman's humor is the way it is, Mirman explains that he once did a book report by coming into class dressed as Bill Cosby and lip-synching to an album which resulted in him being sent to special education class.

Mirman recites an angry letter he sent to his gas company for turning off his gas after sending his bills to the wrong address for a year. He also discusses what to do if a bear attacks--play dead, punch him in the nose (if you are Batman), call it a douche bag--eventually stating "Hypnotize it - that is actually what I was looking for!" He then goes on to explain that "you are not supposed to play dead. Playing dead is like a rumor that bears spread." Next up, Mirman, discusses Internet ads that have a poll before making up some of his own: "Should the Iraq War be a war or something else?" After a track about anti-abortion protesters, Mirman--born in Russia--discusses a Russian website's polls which were all slightly racist. Following that track is a story about finding an iPod and what he possibly could have done instead of simply returning it.

The low point of the album comes from a story about Delta Airlines losing his luggage that turns into a short play about the events. While it is fairly funny, the stand-up comedy set being interrupted by a somewhat overly bitter (although played for laughs) play doesn't flow that well. Closing the album is Mirman reciting an angry letter he wrote to Delta Airlines complaining about how horrible of a customer service experience he had trying to deal with his lost luggage ("Like hiring an insincere baby with amnesia to solve a crime it committed") While too much of the album is focused on the experience with Delta Airlines, this track is much better than the play and Mirman has proven time and time again that angry letters, protests and general interactions with the world are always good for a laugh.

 

 
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skankinfrank (March 20, 2012)

Everyone has neglected to mention how hilarious he is on Bob's Burgers as well. I like that in almost every show he's been on, his character's name is Eugene.

Michael_Berryman (March 20, 2012)

dude rules.

patod (March 20, 2012)

My favorite comedian. This album is just as solid as The Absurd Nightclub... and En Garde Society!. I've been listening to this album since it came out and it is one of those that I can keep going back to and always laughing. Classmates.com bit is amazing.

eatdogs (March 20, 2012)

this guys name alone cracks me up. I always wonder why he seems to look like he's never got a good nights sleep. his face shows so much.

oh, and he's awesome on delocated.

puddboy (March 20, 2012)

Check out his videos on YouTube, they are hysterical. Also, he was awesome in Flight of the Conchords.

sundowning10 (March 20, 2012)

I've listened to this far too much. I can recite so much of it. Fucking love this. Good review, also, although I enjoy the Delta skit.

skankin_in_the_pit (March 20, 2012)

"As more and more comedians have children and prove true the jokes they made about babies making people not funny earlier in their career (Brian Posehn telling the audience people to punch his baby--if he has one and stops being edgy--on Live in Nerd Rage for example), Iím finding it harder and harder to find current comedy albums worth getting"

This makes it sound like you're only interested in the used to be younger comics you've already enjoyed. Maybe you have checked most of the newer folks out and just don't dig them, which is cool. But there's always gonna be young comics putting out fresh albums and it sounds like you're not giving them much of a chance.

SilentStorms (March 20, 2012)

Great review. Great album. I agree about the Delta part, but the Christopher Walken part has made me laugh harder than any other bit by any other comedian. "Look, I don't know no fuckin' girl. She's probably dead." I love how random this guy can be.

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