It's impossible to not like a Brian Posehn album - it's dirty, it's fun, and he reads comic books so you know he's on the right track. On the best-named comedy album of all time, The Fartist kicks off with a litany of complaints and observations building off the "nerd rage" alluded to on his previous albums. He used to be the guy who hated hearing comics talk about kids, and now he's talking about his kid - and he does a great job of getting to it, after the bits about strippers and quite possibly the longest series of fart jokes you'll ever love. The juxtaposition of baby and stripper is sort of exactly the kind of thing you'd want for a summer road trip, so be sure to put this on the playlists.
Originally as a special from 2012, there's a DVD, a CD, and an MP3 version of this set. Oddly, the DVD and MP3 are the cheapest - the CD is $13, the others are $10 or less. It's fundamentally the same content, a perfect fit for anyone who survived an era of pop culture where Star Wars was the thing to end all things and "Weird Al" was in rotation when you were 13.
If you're a fan of the Comedians of Comedy superteam or any sort of comedy ever mentioned in Chunklet magazine, this will not disappoint. Posehn is a skilled comic and can't not be funny... unless you find the idea of a fart as a weapon during rounds of Nintendo 64 Goldeneye 007 as not funny, in which case there is no hope for you.
RIYL: Anything else he's done, it's all good and this is too. Henry Rollins had different musings on passing 40 on his spoken word recordings that had someone aging a little more mournfully, while Posehn manages to keep one foot squarely in his youth with clear delight.
July 9, 2013
MP3 album release date June 25, 2013
Review copy was MP3s