According to many famous comedians, political correctness is suffocating the creativity of those within the comedy world. Most notably, Jerry Seinfeld said of today’s comedy climate, “There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me,” going so far to say he had to change his set in order not to offend a younger audience.
However, there are many comics today that, despite the political climate, still throw caution to the wind when it comes to the content of their performances. The Amazing Greg Stone, set for release on February 15, does just so by offering an uncanny look into the overly exuberant (and often dirty) mind of Greg Stone.
Recorded at the Creek and the Cave in Long Island City, NY, Stone takes a creative mental jaunt with his audience in an attempt to help them understand what it means to be him. And from the audience’s reaction to this journey, his attempts resonate as a perfect example of how a stand-up can exercise his comedic muscles without the fear of someone taking offense.
From the get-go, one can see that Stone wants his entire audience to have a good time at his show, and he’ll go to any length to accomplish that mission—he delves into the highs and lows of relationships, his ignorance when it comes to pot, and other embarrassing episodes that ultimately make him look like the court jester.
Stone’s energetic and stellar storytelling, as well as his ability to keep his tales flowing in a coherent linear fashion, is no doubt due to his immense experience as both a radio personality (he is the co-host of The Rad Dudecast with Anthony Devito and Brendan Eyre and is featured on SiriusXM’s The Bennington Show) and as a comedy writer (he was on staff for Netflix’s The Break with Michelle Wolf). And while he works blue, his lack of reservation in doing so is refreshing, especially in the highly contrived and pre-constructed industry he works in. Honest storytelling is always better than contrived, even if the latter is more elaborate. But, in Stone’s case, he is charming, honest, and colorful, which affords him a unique opportunity to achieve complete success in his execution.
The upcoming Amazing Greg Stone immediately reminds one of hanging out with their best friend from college who has a knack for enthusiastically telling awesome stories over a beer—or 10. They are simply hilarious and a joy to be around, especially when they are honest about their lives. And when living in this kind of world, people need honesty and genuineness like they need a regular tropical vacation from a demanding work schedule.
The tales flow and interweave, and though it felt like minutes, you realize you’ve been at it for hours. But, you don’t regret any moment of it because it becomes a memorable experience, one that connects you to that friend for the rest of your life.
That’s how it feels after listening to The Amazing Greg Stone—like you just reconnected with an old friend who wants everyone to have a good time. It is honest, enjoyable, and leaves you looking forward to when you can meet up with each other again to get updates.
Overall, The Amazing Greg Stone is an album full of genuine, hilarious comedy in a time when such entertainment is so desperately needed. And the fact it arrives just now is, in itself, nothing short of amazing.
Greg Stone’s The Amazing Greg Stone, from Comedy Records, is available on February 15.