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Album Review

Despite being signed to Kill Rock Stars and giving his album the hipster-baiting title 9.2 on Pitchfork, standup comedian Ian Karmel's brand of humor doesn't seem primed for indie music geeks only; his observations about food, relationships, and religion have a much wider appeal. His style is boisterous and self-deprecating, particularly about his weight, his non-believing Jewishness, and even his own name (which he says sounds like a "whimsical British candy store"). There are moments when he'll start to get a bit somber and talk about something serious, only to break the brief moment of tension and say something outrageously silly and excited. Highlights include bits about encountering a neo-Nazi at Trader Joe's, being stuck behind an indecisive moron at a Taco Bell drive-through, and the creepiness of referring to a significant other as "baby."

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Astounding

I am literally baffeled... wait. Baffled? Is that right? Confused? No, I mean stupified by this man's geniusness. So funny. So bafflingly hilarious. Baffling. There, I said it.

Biography

Born: Portland, OR

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '10s

Standup comedian Ian Karmel quickly became a sensation in his hometown of Portland, Oregon during the early 2010s for his hilarious observations about subjects such as junk food, relationships, and being a non-religious Jew. Karmel was trained in improvisational comedy with notable troupes Upright Citizens Brigade and the Groundlings. After winning local comedy competitions and being named the Funniest Person in Portland in 2011, he performed at numerous comedy festivals across the continent, in...
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