Ben Rosenfeld is an awesome guy. His experience in the entertainment scene includes talk shows, game shows, comedy shows, praises in TimeOut New York, headlining Caroline’s on Broadway, and he even illustrated a coffee table book (Russian Optimism: Dark Nursery Rhymes To Cheer You Right Up). Though comedy albums aren’t a new thing for him (Neuro Comedy is available via iTunes and Pandora now), it’s always going to be a good day when Rosenfeld shares more jokes with us.
The new year started off just right with the release of Rosenfeld’s second album, The Russian Optimist. It was recorded live last September at the New York Comedy Club – the first place Rosenfeld ever performed.
Rosenfeld was born in Russia and is skillful in taking taking dark, horrible situations (and we all know the world is filled with those) and finding the silver lining by making the audience laugh. Russian experiences and social commentary drive this album, and Rosenfeld gets the audience to root for him the entire time. Living in Russia, fitting in when his family moved to America (he could become overweight, shoot up a school…yes he is that dark and it is hilarious), and relationship experiences are scattered throughout. No track should be skipped! Even the Hitler and holocaust jokes are smart enough to deserve your laughs and groans.
Rosenfeld is certain that comedy fans will identify with “smarter comedy for smarter people.” His goal is to “get huge laughs while raising everyone’s consciousness.” Well said, Ben. You succeeded in that goal and just wrote the conclusion of this review for me.
You can pick up Ben Rosenfeld The Russian Optimist here.