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  • Six legendary Richard Pryor albums make digital debut for 75th birthday

    Pryor Albums

    Rhino celebrates one of the greatest comedians of all time with the long-awaited digital release of the revolutionary comedy albums Richard Pryor recorded for Warner Bros. Records during the 1970s and 1980s. The albums are available now at all digital download and streaming outlets to coincide with what would have been the late comedian’s 75th birthday December 1. “I am thrilled to celebrate Richard’s upcoming 75th birthday with this great news. A wonderful gift to his fans, old and new alike,” says widow Jennifer Lee Pryor. Pryor forever changed the comedy landscape in the 1970s, when he transformed himself from a non-threatening, middlebrow comic into a controversial, X-rated sensation. He launched a comedy revolution in 1974 with his breakthrough third album, That Nigger’s Crazy. The album went on to earn gold certification, and also won the Grammy® Award for Best Comedic Recording. Read More

    H. Jon Benjamin to release Jazz album on November 27 by way of Sub Pop Records

    Jon Benjamin Jazz DaredevilH. Jon Benjamin, known for iconic animated roles in Bob’s Burgers, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Archer, Home Movies, as well as roles in Master of None, Upright Citizens Brigade, Wet Hot American Summer, and Human Giant has dropped a comedy bomb on the music and comedy worlds. He will be releasing his debut jazz album Well I Should Have…Learned How to Play Piano November 27 on Sub Pop Records. No one saw this coming, except for Benjamin of course. When asked about the idea and motivation behind the album, Benjamin states, “‘Well, I Should Have…*’ is the culmination of hours (almost 3) of conception with the goal to bring something, in the tradition of the great vanguard jazz artists like Miles Davis, Roach, Mingus, Monk, et al, close to pure spontaneity. Jazz is the ocean… I am just one wave forming one curl, crashing once onto some remote beach somewhere in time.” He then adds, “I do not play piano and I made this jazz album.” He even put together a short documentary entitled Jon Benjamin: Jazz Daredevil which was shot the same day as the recording of the album. You can watch it here: Read More

    On “Say No More,” Andrew Santino proves he’s a comedy force to be reckoned with

    Andrew Santino

    It’s no coincidence that comedian Andrew Santino has appeared in some influential shows. The League, Arrested Development, and The Office are a few prominent ones. His acting credentials grow as a result of the great work he does behind a microphone though. His debut album, Say No More, is available on November 27, and is supplemented by his own episode of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. In the release, Santino meticulously deconstructs observations with a voice rooted in genuine annoyance. Though sometimes ruthless in approach, he masterfully wins over the audience by forcing them to relate. Santino remains planted in the traditions of stand-up, while maintaining a fresh perspective by introducing moments of absurdity. Read More

    Listen to two tracks from Greg Proops’ new album “In The Ball Park” out November 27

    Greg Proops - In The Ball ParkGreg Proops announces the release of his new comedy album In The Ball Park out November 27 on ASPECIALTHING Records. It will be available digitally and on Limited Edition Marbled Orange Vinyl. Only 500 copies will be available. Recorded live in San Francisco, Greg has the hometown crowd rolling with his tales from the city, his distaste for certain fashion trends, his love of Giants baseball, his belief of how the world began and more. Greg Proops is a stand-up comic best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and as the host of the award-seeking podcast The Smartest Man in the World. He also has a popular new podcast The Greg Proops Film Club, covering old and new movies. Greg has lent his voice to Star Wars the Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas and was Bob the Builder. He has been a guest on @midnight, Red Eye, Turner Classic Movies, The Green Room with Paul Provenza and Chelsea Lately. He records and screens a movie monthly at The Cinefamily in Hollywood. His nonfiction book The Smartest Book In The World is also available. Here are two tracks from In The Ball Park. Read More

    Ian Karmel says things to keep you clapping on his debut album “9.2 on Pitchfork”

    Ian Karmel

    Ian Karmel (he’s Jewish, but thinks his name sounds like a whimsical British candy shop) wears the “Funniest Person in Portland” crown. He made his late night debut on CONAN, and has appeared regularly on Chelsea Lately, Portlandia and the Travel Channel’s Best Sandwich in America. Currently, he writes for The Late Late Show with James Corden. Read More

    Emily Heller’s debut album is definitely “Good for Her”

    Emily Heller

    Comedian and writer Emily Heller recorded her debut comedy album, Good for Her, last June at Union Hall in Brooklyn. You may know Heller from CONAN, Late Night With Seth Meyers, @midnight, as the creator and star of Above Average’s The Future, or as a series regular on TBS’s Ground Floor. Read More

    Scope two tracks from Drennon Davis & Karen Kilgariff’s new comedy album “I Don’t Care, I Like It” out November 20

    I Don't Care, I Like ItDrennon Davis and Karen Kilgariff have announced the release of their new comedy music album I Don’t Care, I Like It on November 20 on ASPECIALTHING RECORDS. This debut full length from the much-loved LA duo includes their hit “You’re Gonna Be Fine (High Song)” which they performed on Conan, along with tracks about GPS led by rock star vocalists, partying at a funeral, goths in the sun, dumb tattoos and more. I Don’t Care, I Like It will also be released on limited edition vinyl in 2016.

    Drennon Davis is the host of the hugely popular Imaginary Radio Program, has performed on Adam Devine’s House Party and at comedy festivals all over the world. Best known for her work on Mr. Show, Karen Kilgariff has transitioned from classic stand-up comic to acoustic troubadour and is a longtime favorite of those in the know. Her debut album Live at the Bootleg captures musical comedy at its rawest and sets a new bar for a genre that is rarely done right.

    Enjoy two sneak peek tracks, “You’re Gonna Be Fine (High Song)” and “Tattoos” from the new album: Read More

    Listen to the track “Malcolm” from Ron Funches’ new comedy album

    Unfortunately today is not November 13. If it were, we’d be listening to Ron Funches’ new comedy album entitled The Funches Of Us right now in its entirety. Well, the next best thing we can do in the meantime is check out this track from the album, “Malcolm”. You can’t help but like this guy. His tone, his mood, his energy, and his likability. And of course, he’s just perfect for the show Undateable on NBC. Well, let’s get to it and take a listen shall we.

    Ron Funches, star of NBC’s “Undateable,” set to release stand-up album November 13

    Funches of UsAnd just like that, after recording his new album back in August, stand-up comedian and star of NBC’s Undateable, Ron Funches, is set to release The Funches of Us November 13. Funches has been making quite a name for himself on television not only on Undateable, but through his crushing appearances on Comedy Central’s @midnight. His other past credits include appearances on Portlandia, New Girl, Drunk History, Kroll Show, Get Hard, and will be featured in the upcoming film Killing Hasselhoff.

    Breaking down Eugene Mirman’s colossal 9-volume, 7-LP comedy compendium “I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome)”

    Eugene Mirman - I'm Sorry (You're Welcome)Stand-up comedians find success by following in the footsteps of proven comedy giants or choose to tear down the conventions of the medium all together. Regardless of approach, they must satisfy one vital criterion – they have to be funny. Eugene Mirman falls in line with the latter of the aforementioned comedy camps, bringing to the stage a blend of absurdest zingers and unique prop humor. With the release of his 2004 debut album, The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman, he solidified his status as the comedic purveyor of all things weird. Fully embracing this identity, Mirman brings to the comedy world I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome), a colossal 9-volume, 7-LP comedy compendium. Read More