In the comedy clubs, theaters, arenas and dive bars of America, comics are part of an animalistic kingdom that is all about survival. You’ve got the lions, the kings of the jungle who sell out every performance. You’ve got your hyenas, the Emcee’s of the world who just keep on lauging. And then you’ve got your honey badgers, Tom Segura. And that’s because Tom doesn’t give a shit. Look at him go after midgets and pregnant Mexicans. Segura doesn’t care. He’ll talk about other men’s bulges. He’ll talk about 80’s porn. Tom Segura doesn’t give a fuck. He’ll take on anything.
Segura has been making the rounds for years. He’s appeared on Conan as well as Showtime’s Russell Peters Presents and Live at Gotham! and he has his own half hour Comedy Central Presents Special. His debut album, Thrilled, is available now at RooftopComedy.com.
When talking to his audience in Minneapolis, Segura goes after their ridiculous standards of temperature. “Well how cold is it?” he asks himself. “Well if you walk to the mailbox, you might die.” And with that joke about the frigid Minnesotan temperatures, Segura has his audience warmed up for nearly an hour of comedy.
He flabbergasts the audience with his goal to get, “Really, really really, crazy, super fat.” Expressing his desire to gain between five and eight hundred pounds is just more proof that he’ll go wherever he desires for a joke. His stand-up is not so much about disgusting shock value as it is about pushing the limits of social norms. There are no qualms when he decides to impersonate a black audience member shortly after he recounted a story in which he and a midget got in a verbal argument. And the best part is, he makes it knee-slapping lose your lungs funny.
Another one of Segura’s gems is his observation of the three types of stupid that there are in the world. There are the “stupid looking people that do stupid things and people that speak stupidly.” The stupid looking? Not their fault he says, “Plus you need them on days when you’re feeling bad about yourself.” People that do stupid things? All Tom needs to say is, “It’s stupid, but it’s fun.” That leaves the people who say stupid things. It wouldn’t be fair to spoil what he says about them so you’re going to have to buy the CD to find out. Just remember, Segura’s a honey badger. And he’ll say what he wants to get his point across.
With a very solid fifty five minutes of stand-up, Thrilled reminds us that sometimes the comedy that doesn’t care is the comedy that should be most cherished. Segura will have you laughing out loud and hitting the repeat button every time.
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