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David Cross

Bigger and Blackerer CD/DVD

Sub Pop

Sep 28, 2010 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


On a day that hundreds of people walked past junkies in a New York park and barely registered their presence, David Cross may have been the only one to see the humor in the heroin-enhanced citizens' determined ability to remain upright at all times.

"Well, the time has come to tear this place a new asshole/But then we'll stitch that new asshole up with jokes!" Cross sings to his Boston audience at the start of Bigger and Blackerer, kicking off the show by presenting that night's mission statement in song, '70s/Vegas-style. And on his third album, he does some memorable ripping and mending.

Cross' recognition factor has undoubtedly increased over the years through his TV work, but it's with his parallel stand-up career that he's easily able to brush past most of his peers. Blackerer offers some entertaining observational humor, as with the aforementioned junkies, including a great scenario where tripping buddies try to straighten up enough to go out and buy batteries. In the way that Bill Hicks used to encourage audiences to stick with him through the social commentary with promises that "dick jokes" were forthcoming, Cross ensures that his audience sticks with him after focusing on the health-care debates (or "yellings") and examples of religious hypocrisy by getting "Back to the sillies!" It's unlikely that Cross is ever in any danger of losing this crowd, though they do enjoy the tale that follows about his wearing an S&M mask on an airplane flight. (www.subpop.com/artists/david_cross)

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Ray
April 28th 2011
12:53am

I really enjoyed this comedy special from David Cross. It was a little shorter than most, and he wasn’t as angry as he seemed in his last album. That didn’t stop him from making the show just as funny as any of the others that he has made. I watched this special on Epix in HD after a friend I work with at Dish Network recommended it to me. The show didn’t disappoint me at all! I would really check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.