Tom Papa’s first stand-up comedy album in six years hit the digital shelves this week. As expected, Live in New York City is a good one to say the least. Specifically, it speaks to our time more so than most recent comedy albums, and does not disappoint in terms of laughter. In his own un-sugarcoated and vibrant voice, the veteran comedian gives his sometimes sad and yet very funny take on just about everything including the Internet, Facebook, happiness, pets, alcohol, marijuana, marriage, children, health, the elderly, and lying.
When I first listened to the album, it was about 11 AM. I was coming down from a coffee rush, reading cliché Facebook posts, and had just spilled Cocoa Puff milk on my pants. In short, my privileged first world life was starting to feel rough. And then Tom Papa reminded me that we don’t get to be happy all the time; that we get only one day a year to expect happiness and its called our “birthday”; that none of us really “fit in.” He goes on further to explain life with this awesome metaphor: “Life is a pair of skinny jeans and you are a big fat ass.” Win. Read the rest of this entry