Pete Holmes has just graced us all with another rip-roarin’ ride to friendly guy town. Nice Try, The Devil hit the shelves today and it does not disappoint, especially if you were a fan of his 2011 debut album, Impregnated With Wonder a record that took us by surprise in how enthusiastically terrific it was. With that in mind NT,TD needs to hit high marks, and with all confidence it overwhelmingly does. Recorded live at Austin’s Moody Theater ol’ Petey Pants talks about his recent visit to Atlanta, his fascination with Breast Milk, his hatred toward his past girlfriend’s friends, cats and dogs, being gay for Ryan Gosling, religion, the fan-favorite “PIIEEEERRCCEE!!”, and the newly added “JUAN!”
Holmes has a great time on stage and that’s obvious. He comes out laughing only to sing the theme from The Lion King about twenty seconds later. Then he gets right in to talking about Austin, TX and his mother who mistakenly refers to the singer Celine Dion (her “favorite recording artist”) as “Salon Dijon.”
Once again on display is Holmes’ enthusiasm to be on stage and tell stories. Holmes’ happy-go-lucky, yet self-conscious, persona is what sets him apart. “I don’t belong in a comedy club,” he says at the beginning of the album. “I like to think that there are millions and millions of different universes, each slightly different from the last, and this universe, the one we’re all in currently, is the only one where I’m not a youth pastor.” Or, in the same vein, one of the best lines from Holmes happens later in the album, “I’m a friendly guy,” he jokes, “If your name’s Anna, I’m calling you banana. That’s the kind of guy I am.”
It’s the small things, the things most of might toss away or don’t pick up, that Holmes appreciates and brings to the stage for everyone to enjoy. Kicking off the album with the acknowledgement that “Pierce!!!” is probably going to be in his life forever, he joyfully adds to it with, “Juan!!!”.
Another takeaway from this album is a joke made about a certain fast food chain’s advertisement slogan that comes up a few times over the course of the special. It’s this silliness that might make one dismiss Holmes for his silliness. However you’d be missing the strong thought streak as evident in his delivery of some of the best commentary on religion / belief vs. non-belief made in a long time.
Pete Holme’s Nice Try, The Devil is a must have for any comedy fan. It’s building on the foundation he built with Impregnated with Wonder and hopefully sets the comedian up well for his Fall jaunt into late night television. If there’s any justice in the world, Holmes will become a bigger household name from all of this. He’s relateable, smart, funny, and quick with a joke. We mentioned it once that Holmes is the guest we’d all love to have at a dinner party, for he’d be quick with a story and happy to be around.
Pick up a copy of Nice Try, The Devil now, for not only is it an album you’ll want to hear again or play for a friend, but it’s one of the top comedy albums we’ll see in 2013.