A couple weeks ago I started noticing a trend on Twitter. No, I’m not talking about #Eastwooding, the latest successor to “Planking” and “Tebowing” in which users upload photos of empty chairs. Instead it was several comedians in my timeline who started tweeting about Bill Burr’s All You People Are the Same. Now I’m not usually one that likes being told what to buy unless it’s 3am and I’m watching the infomercial about the Magic Bullet. But since I had Netflix and since I implicitly trust all Twitter comedians, I figured it was worthy of my Instant Queue.
Burr’s most distinctive feature is his voice. The voice that says to me, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard him before.” Where? I’m not exactly sure, other than the thick fog of comedy ether that surrounds my life. It’s the distinctive round vowels of Massachusetts. It’s peppered with a temper that breaks into outrage on every third sentence.
The outrage is first channeled in when Burr declares, “Stats are so fucking stupid.” And then he goes on to clarify, “It’s the way people apply them.” After refusing to go scuba diving for fear of sharks, he’s told, “90% of shark attacks happen in shallow water.” To which he replies, “No shit. That’s where all the people are.”
Burr segues from one stupidity to another. On plastic surgery he comments, “I get liposuction. They screw that up you put a shirt over it. There’s no shirt for your face.” He compares plastic surgery and hair plugs. Hair plugs, he says, have advanced enormously in the past ten years. Plastic surgery, at least according to him hasn’t quite gotten there yet. He also comments on the fact that plastic surgery is a white person problem. “You know why we whiteys need face lifts? Because we don’t know about lotion.”
To an experienced comedy fan the topics are nothing new. We’ve all heard jokes about gun control, plastic surgery, or domestic problems. But Burr makes sure to use these issues to delve into his own personal thoughts.
Burr’s stand-up reminds me of Christopher Titus with more social commentary and less of the personal storytelling. Not that it’s totally devoid of personal anecdotes. There’s entire segments dedicated to his pit bull and his parents. It’s the way in which he uses these as a launch point to ask questions to the audience. If you throw in a little forty-year-old male testosterone and some ancient repressed Irish rage, that’s pretty much what Bill Burr and his stand-up comedy is. If you have Netflix, then you already have it available on Instant Stream.
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