Myq Kaplan’s sophomore album Meat Robot is an unrelenting, fast-paced smorgasbord of hilarity that will have you laughing out loud and grasping for breath from the first joke to the last standing ovation. Meat Robot is the follow-up to his 2012 comedy music album collaboration released with fellow funnyman Micah Sherman entitled Please Be Seated, as well as his 2010 debut album release Vegan Mind Meld.
Kaplan—similar to other intellectual slash nerdy comics in the contemporary world of stand-up comedy such as David Huntsberger, Patton Oswalt, Chris Hardwick, and Mike Lawrence—selectively caters to a niche demographic, touching on topics that the average publicly educated American might have a hard time keeping up with, especially if quantum physics and time travel aren’t topics you find intriguing. Yet, he’s able to keep an edge of neurotic silliness and an arsenal of puns on stand-by just in case his comedy becomes too high-and-inside for his audience.
At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, Kaplan is simply one of the better comedians working today, and this album is a stark declaration of the next evolutionary step in his comedy career. Vegan Mind Meld showcased a more methodical and deliberate Myq, while Meat Robot displays his neurotic rapid-fire thought process as jokes are dropped on you relentlessly, and just when you think you’ve caught up, he’ll take you on another unexpected detour of hilarity.
Kaplan is with out a doubt a master wordsmith. He’ll dissect, rearrange, re-define, and pronounce words in a manner that would make Eminem scratch his head in disbelief. For instance, Kaplan has a hilarious bit where he examines the phrase, “hot as balls”, and explains the irony behind the statement along with why it makes no sense. He continues to explain that the sole reason human testicles hang off of a man’s body is to keep them cooler than the internal core temperature of a person’s body, so realistically, you could say “hot as…” literally anything other than balls.
I will admit with full disclosure that I am a nerd, so I am biased towards the comedy of Mr. Kaplan, so please keep that in mind. If you have half of a brain, enjoy laughter, and can differentiate between the words “your” and “you’re”, this is something you’ll want to add to your library.
Meat Robot is available now on Comedy Central Records, plus Kaplan is our very special Guest Host all week on 24/7 Comedy. Tune in every hour at around :45 past the top of the hour to hear tracks from Meat Robot as well as Myq Kaplan’s takeover of the network for a week.
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