There’s a sense of déjà vu one experiences when listening to Don Friesen’s Ask Your Mom. An idiot suburban father/husband whose kids are smarter than him and whose wife runs the household – this is material that many stand-up’s and sitcoms have used for years.
However that should not stop you from checking out Friesen’s new album/upcoming Showtime special. It’s not groundbreaking but it’s still a solid, fun comedy album with plenty of laughs to be had.
Friesen is the reason why this album works so well. He is an engaging storyteller and does a great job of bringing you into his world. Judging from the audio he seems to be very comfortable on stage and enjoys what he does. He has a great sense of pacing and crafts his jokes quite well.
Some of the topics discussed by Friesen include his struggle with understanding technology. He relates a particularly amusing anecdote about his struggle with tech support and another one about the time he and his grounded son played video games together. Friesen also talks about the differences between his childhood and being a child today. There’s a particularly funny moment where he says sending a kid to their room is not a punishment today because of all the cool stuff they have in their room. Another humorous moment is when he turns his complaints about cell phone service into a Dr. Seuss style rhyme.
His marriage is another big topic of discussion, especially in the later half of the CD. In one track he says he feels sorry for his wife because she’s “been working on me for 18 years and this is what she’s got.” He tells the audience that when he goes shopping with her he feels like a little kid going shopping with his mom and also discusses the struggle with being able to listen to his wife rant about her day. Overall he says that marriage has turned him into a wuss.
Friesen also talks about his experience with Lasik eye surgery and does a couple of celebrity impressions (John Lithgow and Dr. Phil). There is also a little bit of social commentary in this routine on people who double up words (eg: I ate, but I didn’t eat eat). A little political comedy is thrown in and Friesen also interacts with the audience towards the end of the set. There’s a little bit of everything and it works well.
If there is anything negative to say about the album it would be that there are times when a joke doesn’t work, such as this bit where he brings up his brother during a routine on bedwetting. Other than that, this is a fun record. The audio quality is very clean and it’s fun for the whole family. For those that enjoy this style of humor it might be worth a download.
About the Author: Ryan Laskodi is a communications major at Cal State Fullerton and currently an editor/writer for "Americas Comedy.com." He is a self-described pop culture junkie/movie addict and loves comedy in all its forms: movies, sketch, stand-up you name it. Ryan can usually be found at a local movie theater.