It's little question among comedy fans that Paul F. Tompkins is one of the superstars of the alternative comedy scene, one of the hardest working men in show business (all due respect, James Brown), and quite simply, constantly hilarious. This DVD marks a turn in his style, one that was a long time coming from his first two CDs, from dealing with the abstract and absurb to delving into his own personal life with honesty and levity. Recorded in the intimate venue of The Laughing Skull Lounge in Atlanta, GA, "You Should Have Told Me" is a story of adulthood in two acts, the first a booze-soaked trip though the excess of youth and out the other side, the second a heartfelt--and funny, of course--look at the nature of death and loss and family. Both are levened generously with the gift for absurity and metaphor offered in his earlier, conceptual work, but the fare they embellish is far more hearty.
The extras are very entertaining: a deleted bit about dentistry, fifteen-minute...
Anytime I am refreshing a podcast subscription and Paul F. Tompkins is named as a guest, I get a bit giddy. Regardless of the situation--casual conversations, role-playing characters, scripted sketches, etc.--his timing and wit ensure laughter will ensue.
In fact, no comedian has made me laugh the incapacitating, bent over, stomach hurting, stop everything, laughter as regularly as Paul F. Tompkins.
Do yourself a favor, and listen/watch whatever of his you can get your hands on. If you're a first-timer, "You Should Have Told Me" is a great introduction. If you're a fan, buy and watch post-haste.
Paul F. Tompkins was on a little T.V. program called 'Mr. Show'. This show in retrospect turned out to be one of the most important events in comedy / entertainment / history of all worlds and worldlets. Who would have thought that the 'other foreign landlord' or 'guy who accidentally had a breakthrough analyzing himself using a lie detector' would have, today, one of the most available comedy careers? I didn't really think about it, but then PFT (short for 'Paul F. Tompkins', because we fans have to say it like a million times a day) started ruling the podcast circuit. Eventually the subliminal pleas to buy his albums took hold of me. 'Impersonal' is hilarious and 'Freak Wharf' is still very hilarious. Then he came out with his own p-cast (short for 'podcast') and I was like, "O.K., I give up, I'll just freaking buy or download whatever you do, thou freaking genius', and I'm happy I did so because that brought this DVD into my life, and DVD collection. Now, this is a very...
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