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Eat Around It
Anthony Davis is a Los Angeles-based comedian originally from the Deep South, as his drawl attests. He’s a big ol’ bushy bearded lumberjack type guy, and is he okay? Well, that’s what this review is all about.
Apparently there is also a basketball player with the same name that I never heard of (I kid you not, as I don’t follow sports), and that’s how the comedian Davis’ riff starts, in a pretty funny social media call-out.
Davis’ humor relies on a dual asset: one is what he knows and the other is just a little bit of shock humor, but nothing too outrageous, even with a hint of incest humor (well, he is from the Deep South, as I said), though not behavior, for those who are triggered by that sort of thing.
His three basic points of attack are his weight and food, his wife, and mind-altering substances, sometimes combining all three. I was amused by a lot of it, such as when he says his wife describes him as looking like “a fat serial killer,” and he responds that what does the fat have to do with that? And there’s a funny bit about making mac’n’cheese while stoned.
His discussing of his family history including dating back to the civil war is actually quite amusing, especially discussing his elderly aunt. There’s also other topics ranging from porn to the particularly funny snakes in church.
Now for the quick analysis: there are some great stories and some bits (like that mac’n’cheese one) that are worth retelling to friends, though generally he isn’t a “quote” comedian, like Carlin, David Brenner, or Eddie Murphy, who are eminently quotable for one liners (e.g., “Goonie-goo-goo”). However, as I said, his stories are enjoyable and made me smile quite often, and I wouldn’t mind seeing him live or more recordings of his performances; to me, in the long run, that is successful. Good work.