Nathan Macintosh’s To The Point rapidly explores the crazy, off-the-cuff, and always eventful life of the Nova Scotian-born comedian. The near 22-minute performance by the Positive Anger podcast host delves into lessons learned on his journey from the Great White North to our nation’s comedy clubs stages and late night talk shows.
Throughout the album, Macintosh is manic, frantic and overwhelming in his live performance. To The Point feels like drinking a half-dozen double espresso shots dunked in an extra large highly caffeinated dark roast. There are no breaks throughout this set; it’s as if he never stops to take a breath.
Overall, while the bombastic energy found within To The Point is infectious, it eventually becomes a daunting distraction and turns what would be an otherwise enjoyable experience into an exhausting labor of love.
That’s not to say that Macintosh’s efforts here are not praiseworthy. Throughout the set, in which he covers homeless drug use, Starbucks baristas, and the absurdity of the term “plus-sized,” Macintosh shoots out comedic sparks of ingenuity and intelligence befitting of a polished industry veteran. The overcharged delivery choice totally works for him.
No matter how much you love the material, To The Point’s major drawback is its length. It is way too short for a standard comedy EP. Understandable: it must be difficult maintaining such a high-octane pace in front of a live audience. Still, you’d expect to find more meat on the bones, and it’s unfortunate to find a less-than-satisfying portion on your plate for the price tag. You leave wanting more!
To The Point serves a massive shot of adrenaline that, if the body is not ready for the comedic catalyst, it may be overwhelmed from the high intensity of the moment.
Nathan Macintosh’s To The Point hits stores on March 29 via Comedy Records, available wherever comedy albums are sold.