VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Altercation Punk Comedy Tour—Metal Up Live: CD

I feel like there’s been a gradual but ongoing crossover between music and comedy over the past few years. I like that. And much like more and more bands taking the DIY route and booking their own shows in whatever unconventional venues, I like the idea of different styles of artists taking that same approach. Such is the case here, with four “punk rock” comedians who took that same approach. I couldn’t help but feel that a lot of the “punk” elements of the routines revolved around shock value and stories about getting fucked up, which was a little disappointing (don’t get me wrong, I love me some Redd Foxx, but I can’t help but feel like it’s a really easy go-to, and cheapens the whole thing when it gets overdone), but there’s still some pretty great laughs amongst the four tracks here. I’d be interested in seeing what they do down the line.

 –joe (Altercation)