When I first heard the phrase “Comedy Wonder Town,” I was incredibly relieved that the title was attached to Ryan Singer‘s new comedy album, because there are few other instances in which that phrase works.
If you walked up to some lady on the street at night and asked her to accompany you to Comedy Wonder Town you’d probably be met with a swift kick to the nuts. Unless, of course, they say yes, in which case you should follow up by giving them a swift kick to the nuts. Either way, when given the chance to review Ryan Singers new album, I got my ticket, sat on my metaphorical gray hound bus and headed to Comedy Wonder Town.
And the journey could not be more worth it, which should be no surprise. He’s put in the work. He’s toured across the nation, been featured on nationally syndicated radio shows and has been a finalist on both Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight and CMT’s Next Big Comic Contest.
From beginning to end, it’s prevalent how much work Singer has put in to his craft. His comfort level is obvious from the moment he starts speaking to his “thank you’s” and “goodbyes”. He sounds relaxed, poised and he’s enjoying himself, which makes the album that much more fun to listen to.
His album is also filled with over-arching themes that are weaved together by insightful observation and ridiculousness. One minute he’s challenging the audience to make a pair of scissors and the next he’s describing astronauts as nerds with huge balls, all while trying to emphasize the advancement of our species to the audience.
It’s clever, well put together and sometimes really makes you think. Singer uses his absurd viewpoints to convince the audience of things they probably never considered before (unless you’ve done acid in which case you probably don’t remember).
Another factor that I enjoyed about Comedy Wonder Town is the cadence in which he speaks. His accent and word choice flow together nicely, making the album easy to listen to. Also he’ll be right in the middle of a joke and then he’ll just start singing out of nowhere and the unexpectedness of this makes it that much more funny.
Comedy Wonder Town is a solid 50-minute set of comedy done by a professional whom Marc Maron describes as “someone who should be big.” And I agree. Ryan Singer’s material is clever enough and delivered in a way that is original and funny. I look forward to seeing him progress in the future. So pack your bags, buy your tickets and head on down to Comedy Wonder Town.
About the Author: Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, Greenest state in the land of the free. Raised in the woods so's he knew every tree, Killed him a bear when he was only three. I also like stand up comedy. (OHHH that rhymed!) Also, follow me on twitter @LouMisiano1