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Sandwiches & Cats

Michael Showalter

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Album Review

Michael Showalter was nothing but sharp and funny with the surreal comedy groups the State and Stella, but then his romantic comedy The Baxter had half of his fans thinking "charming" while the other half thought "pukey." Some of the best moments on his debut comedy album are truly vulgar and trashy, so this isn't the charming Baxter, but it shares that film's pacing problems and likewise wears its smartness on its sleeve. If this were up to Stella's standards, that latter complaint would be more tolerable. Problem is, Showalter comes off as smug during his lazy and meandering standup act, recorded live in front of an audience that often doesn't connect with the comedian. While this smirky half of the album does contain one of the greatest moments — when the comedian interacts with an audience member who brought a real live cat to the show — most of the highlights are the sketches and musical numbers recorded in the studio with Showalter's band the Dollies. Whistling along with "Erotica" — a song where adventure travel and pornography meet — is great fun and "The Mountain" is a six-and-a-half minute epic rich with wit. In the end, Sandwiches & Cats is a good album that should give Stella fanatics a fix, but it's not the great album Showalter could undoubtedly deliver if he were on his game.

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I Enjoyed

I thought the album was hilarious. Upon first hearing it, I felt as though I had expected better, but I find myself keep going back to it over and over again. Then again, Michael Showalter could pretty much say anything and it would be funny. And the part with the lady that brought the cats is just the greatest. I highly recommend.


Born: June 17, 1970 in Princeton, NJ

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Standup comedian, writer, actor, and director Michael Showalter got his big break in 1993 when the MTV network began airing the half-hour sketch comedy television show The State. Showalter, a New Jersey native, became a founding member of the State comedy group while he was attending New York University. He stuck with the State as he transferred and eventually graduated from Brown University. Short films that the group made for MTV turned into an offer for a series that would run for two years before...
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