Comedian Tom Shillue began an interesting project on November 6, 2012. Instead of releasing one traditional comedy album, Shillue decided to release 12 albums in the next 12 months. This month’s release is his third and titled Lateral Thinking Puzzlers.
This ambitious project seems to be working out for Shillue. A regular around the NYC comedy scene, Shillue can be seen out most nights working on new stories and material. He always seems to be working on something and the ability to release material every month is a good way to get a lot of content out. It also helps these aren’t full albums, let’s call them EPs with each one around a topic.
Lateral Thinking Puzzlers’ first track, “Coining; Tenting,” introduces the theme of the album. Lateral thinking is the process of solving a problem through creative thought and approach. This first track kicks the album off perfectly with a good majority of audience participation. The set ends with quite a nice little surprise from the barbershop singing Shillue.
The next two tracks are shaped the same way with Shillue presenting stories as a literal thinking puzzle. It makes for an interesting half hour and leaves you wanting more.
The comedy scene and release of material is constantly changing in this technologically advanced age. Tom Shillue doesn’t need physical copies of his albums to release. He can release 12 albums in 12 months to his fans and find some new ones along the way.