Many comedians come to a point in their lives when they have to decide whether to relocate to New York or LA. The move is considered an inevitable and necessary step to advance their careers. While it’s not impossible to achieve big things in a smaller, secondary scene, it’s not terribly common. Sean White, however, is one of those people who’s talent is bigger than his zip code.
Originally from Alabama, Sean White is an emerging comedian based out of Chicago, IL. He’s been called a “Gem” by RE:Com Chicago Comedy magazine, “Killing it” by the Chicago Tribune, and was named one of the top 16 comics in Chicago by Chicago Magazine. Despite not having an LA or NYC address, White was recently able to catch the eye of A Special Thing Records who released his debut album Dead & Gone. It goes without saying White’s album has to be pretty amazing to earn a spot in the AST library next to Guy Branum, Bob Odenkirk, Jared Logan and many more hilarious comedians, but let’s elaborate anyway.
Listening to this album, it’s easy to see how he was able to grab a big label’s attention. His material is starkly original and deeply personal. The title Dead & Gone does not refer to some quirky tag in a joke, but sums up the entire hour’s dark source material. At the very top of the album, White tells the audience two facts about himself that they need to know to get his string of jokes. Number one, his entire family died one by one over a period of two years. “…Real dick move on their part.” And two, in the middle of all that, he went through a divorce. “Apparently, I was being a bit of a bummer.”
Please don’t let the subject of death shy you away from this album as it’s one of the better albums of the past year. It’s an incredible skill to take something most people won’t talk about (death, loss, personal tragedy) and make it something that’s down right entertaining, and that’s exactly what White does here. White’s comedy laughs in the face of death and it’s amazing.
Paired with an upbeat and sly delivery, White possesses the unique ability to talk about morbid and gloomy topics (like strange funeral gifts and picking up the pieces after a divorce) without making the room uncomfortable and instead provides an honest, personal reflection that will have you just rolling in laughter. Like other comedians with a knack for tackling tricky and taboo subjects, such as Tig Notaro and Maria Bamford, White’s comedy is clever and refreshing.
So get yourself a copy of Dead & Gone now so when Sean White blows up you can be the annoying hipster you’ve always secretly wanted to be and say, “Oh, I knew about him BEFORE he became famous… no I don’t own a TV; I brew my own beer!”