Kyle Cease’s new album, I Highly Recommend This, has done what no human or thing has ever done for me: affirmed my disdain for nutmeg.
Do you hate nutmeg too? Kyle Cease invites it. Cease jokes early in his album, “No one’s said this: ‘Oooh, let’s put some nutmeg up in this motherfucker!’ No one has said that ever about nutmeg.”
But even if you are a nutmeg fanatic, you should pick up Cease’s latest album.
Cease is part celebrity impersonator and part professional make-beliver. His make-believing skills are beyond that of any comic I have ever heard. On one track, he combines his talents by setting a scene where Barney, the Pillsbury Dough Boy and Julia Child are in involved in a dispute over a tennis match. The impressions are spot on and the scene, I would venture to say, has never been imagined, let alone recorded onto a comedy album, by any one except Cease.
You’ll have to pick up the CD for more scenarios, but track 11, titled “Universal Studios, Catalina Island,” is a stand out hit. He goes through a series of options that would be worse than taking a boat back from Catalina Island which are all hilarious. This is definitely not-to-be-missed.
Cease creates an easy going rapport with his audience members which draws the listener in, putting oneself in the mindset of the live audience members. Cease jokes around with the audience as if they are collectively his younger sibling. A man in the audience yells out at the beginning and Cease teases, “That guy just fucking heckled me and he just made it onto the CD… Track one will be ‘Asshole’ and it will be that guy yelling.” Lo and behold, the first track is called “The A-Hole.”
Cease’s jokes are imaginative and smart. One of the most clever jokes on the album expresses frustration with old ladies. Cease admits that hearing an old woman say, “Well I never” is one of his biggest pet peeves.
Make sure you are paying attention because Cease has the tendency to switch topics fairly quickly. His quickness keeps the listener feeling upbeat and alert. Often, the transitions are not in any way related. During these abrupt transitions, Cease’s style is reminiscent of Dimitri Martin’s schtick. Though, Cease has created a persona which is all his own. He even includes an interpretation of Pillsbury Dough Boy which is relentless and even kind of dirty. Quite a new perspective on the squealing cartoon from yesteryear.
He does say “tourists” weird though.
About the Author: Christine refuses to sing the made up "So good's" in public renditions of "Sweet Caroline" and will ask you at inappropriate times if it is okay for her to pet your dog. You can also follow her on Twitter: @bawdybynature.