Literally that’s the title of his first track. Now, I know we can roundly accuse Bell of being squarely in the Tyler Perry demographic and playing favoritism. But it’s hard to find something good to say about Tyler Perry with his formulaic movies and his catch-phrase-ridden sitcoms that make Good Times seem like a crime drama. In three words he sums up all the positivity about the man: “Fuck Tyler Perry.”
2. He Has a New TV Show out
Totally Biased premiered this summer and has just been picked up for a second cycle. The show will run at least into the Holiday season of this year and listening to his stand-up is a very good introduction to his style and his, ahem, biases.
3. His Social and Political Wit
Face Full of Flour is obviously built around Bell’s impassioned political views that popular comedians like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart have built careers around. Everyone is different of course, and Bell makes no attempts to plagiarize from either of these men or anyone else. There’s a steady blend of pop culture and political, topical humor. Like why Bob Marley should have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
4. His Secret and Noble Hope for Native Americans
“Does anyone else like me…we have a secret hope that the economy tanks bad enough that Native Americans pool all that casino money together and buy the land back.” Okay, yes people like me would be displaced and sleeping in small pox blankets like in that one episode of South Park, but you know you’d get that kind of evil grin on your face as your dying a slow, viral-infected death.
5. He Has Two Ideas for How to Turn Around the Economy
The first is weed, the second is slavery. But really there’s only one choice. As he jokes in regards to option number two: “Now I think because I thought of it I shouldn’t have to be a slave.”
So there you have it. Five reasons to buy Face Full of Flour, produced in conjunction with Rooftop Comedy. The CD was recorded roughly three years ago at the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency. So some of the topical humor is dated but political jokes often tend to have a resonance especially when we all look back and reminisce on things like the Birth Certificate and Glenn Beck’s rise to power. Listening to it now gives the added bonus of not only laughing at things that are still relevant like the economy but it gives the listener a chance at nostalgia even though it feels like ten minutes ago Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for…?
You can buy the album at RooftopComedy.Com.
About the Author: Nate Rankin writes Comedy Reviews and Fiction because no one taught him any better. His fiction has been featured by Workers Writes, theNewerYork! and Used Gravitrons and is forthcoming in The Green Blotter. His work can be seen here: http://iamseamus.tumblr.com/writing You can find him on the Tweety Box @CommanderSeamus If you'd like to submit a review inquiry please send to nrankin22[at]gmail[dot]com