Brain Noise was recorded at ACME comedy club in Minneapolis, MN in November 2021 and shows Anthony DeVito growing up but not growing old. As he knocks on the door of 40, he’s realizing that sadness is just as likely to strike as his libido. His family wants him to get married, but can’t a long-term relationship be enough? Well, it has to be, because the struggle to support a possible wife and grandma might just be too much.
DeVito walks us through situations we can all relate to – fiscal responsibility, our political state, the toll of the pandemic, mental health, and working retail. Making life observations that are universally relatable to anyone from the small towns to the city that never sleeps. Better still, when his stories turn to the absurdity of a white lie told to gain clout backfiring immediately; an uncle helping him determine his crotch size in a Foot Locker, people just assuming his father is Danny DeVito, or his college architecture project producing the world’s most interesting ground floor retail spaces ever. While this album might be the Brain Noise of just Anthony DeVito, there’s a pretty good chance it relates to the thoughts bouncing around all of our heads.
“My first album was filled with jokes I honed at NYC open mics and showcase shows, so the pacing is fast,” says DeVito of the set. “I built this album more by doing longer sets on the road so the feel is a little different. For me, creatively, the album is a baby step in the right direction. I’m inching closer to where I’d like to be as a comedian.”
The material on Brain Noise is a blend of personal stories and relationship jokes but the general undertone is embarrassment. “My mom takes issue with all the self-deprecation,” he continues. “She always asks ‘do you ever win in your jokes?’ I see her point but I don’t want to watch a guy win. I want to see someone who’s struggling. I don’t get comics who always come out on top. I’m confused as to their purpose on stage. Did you gather us all here to gasp at how cool you are? I’m not interested in being a folk hero. I just want people to feel less alone.”
Release date: 11/08/2022