Take the temperament of a 10-year-old and pair it with the deadpan delivery of a bearded lumberjack and the result is comedian Randy Liedtke. He embraces the childish tendencies many of us reluctantly left behind years ago, which makes his comedy pleasantly nostalgic. Only a brief glance at Liedtke’s work makes this glaringly apparent. After all, he is the guy who pranked the police into pulling him over for talking on an iPhone-shaped cookie he baked and made Kyle Kinane get into a Twitter beef with salsa. With the recent release of his debut stand-up album (I’m On a Roll) and Comedy Central The Half Hour special, it’s time to get the word out on the Kaufmanesque stylings of Liedtke. Let’s get you up to speed.
Originally from Oregon, Liedtke has been performing comedy for some time now. He’s performed stand-up on a variety of shows including Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Last Comic Standing. He’s also been on shows like Maron, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and even provided voices for Adventure Time. Some of his best televised appearances come on @midnight though. In a recent episode, he appeared dressed entirely in cowboy garb. While his television spots are bountiful, he also hosts a podcast called The Bone Zone with fellow bearded funny man Brendon Walsh. These are a few of the things he’s got going on outside of stand-up. Now, let’s unpack his recent stand-up releases.
In typical Liedtke fashion, the cover of his debut album, I’m On a Roll, depicts well, just that. It shows a photo of the comic sprawled across the inside of deli sandwich. Right off the bat, Liedtke introduces listeners to his brand comedic absurdity with the first track titled “Hypnotic Introduction.” Reminiscent of Tim and Eric, he guides listeners through a self-guided meditation, which leads into his set. As a whole, the album reconnects you with a part of your brain that hasn’t been around since your youth. He pairs the thoughts of a middle schooler with the confidence of a grown man, thus living up to his self-proclaimed title as a “grown child”. This sort of silliness is embodied in an early joke he tells, which goes as follows:
“I refer to my penis as The Incredible Hulk… It’s easily irritated and I have to wear prescription underwear.”
This absurdity continues throughout the entire album, making for a brilliant departure from conventional stand-up. His Comedy Central The Half Hour special, which aired recently incorporates several of the same jokes, but adds visual elements. The comedian’s album, I’m On a Roll, is available now on iTunes and Spotify.
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