In the wild and wooly world of thick and luscious beards, four comedians stand alone. Together. Andy Sandford, Joe Zimmerman, TJ Young and Dave Stone form the quartet eloquently known as the “Beards of Comedy.” All four of them have—get this—beards. Okay, so that probably wasn’t a stretch of the imagination. Fortunately for you, this is not, as one might expect, a crutch for cheap and easy jokes. Each member is wry and clever doing quick fifteen minute sets that leaves the audience in stitches. Cardio Mix is the group’s second album following their successful debut Comedy for People.
The transitions from one comedian are quick and smooth. As soon as each has finished, the next gets on stage and within ten seconds of applause, launches into his own routine. The show begins with Andy Sandford. Andy’s presentation sounds like the combination of Ron Burgundy’s arrogance but the self deprecation of a true comic’s comic. Andy informs his audience of interesting facts, his new year’s resolution and why there are actually downsides to living next to an abortion clinic. There are some drawbacks for Andy. For instance it once took him an entire bottle of Jack Daniels to learn that he was invincible and unstoppable.
Joe Zimmerman takes the stage next. His presentation is more low key and reserved, but the jokes are just as funny. He asks the big questions that we all have in life like: “Are black people better than white people?” and “How do orgies really ever start?” Not all questions are solved but perhaps the pressing issue of the obesity epidemic is answered through Joe’s candor, “It’s just that eating is the best and running sucks balls.” True and wise words that we can all digest.
TJ Young is next and he reminds us that even though they’re homeless, bums can still have more than us. Pets, tans, 32 inch waists and syphilis. TJ confronts the audience and himself with the question, “What is bad ass?” He answers that riding a motorcycle is badass but riding your parent’s motorcycle? Not so much. Who among us wouldn’t make that mistake? After all, what other job does a comedian have to do other then test the limits of embarrassment and report back to us with his results?
Dave Stone is the final act. As a recovering vegetarian, Stone admits that he does not conform to the normal physique one might expect of a vegetarian. Calling himself a “born again carnivore,” he now eats meat with a vengeance. “Making up for lost time,” he says. After burning himself, Stone goes on to criticize “almost retards,” Coinstar and healthcare.
TJ and Joe provide a special bonus at the end with a song. It’s a five minute spoof with no title aimed at bland popular music and the over-emotional state of some singers. Included are random British accents, walks down Main Street and sad whales.
Together the four men are an incredible ensemble using a very fluid and vibrant form of comedy. No two comedian is exactly alike which is absolutely necessary for their success and your enjoyment.
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