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Album Review

Medium Energy might be pushing it since the deadpan Todd Barry often sounds like he needs a good poke with a stick, but behind the weary delivery is a sharp, somewhat sick wit. Barry's act has more than its fair share of filth, but with a delivery that's the polar opposite of Andrew Dice Clay's, his sleaze material is a fascinating kind of creepy instead of the usual brash offensiveness. Past the icky toilet humor is Barry's acerbic observations on everyday life and some hilarious riffing on the music industry that suggests the comedian is well aware of the indie music scene (anyone with an overly analytical music aficionado for a friend will greatly appreciate "Crazy Mixed Tape"). Odd that the track listing flicks by faster than Barry's pulse, but "odd" is something he wears like a badge. He's an acquired taste, but for those who enjoy Andy Kaufman-type characters who challenge an audience rather than play to them, Medium Energy will go from endurance test to Top Ten list in about three listens. Comedy albums that demand repeat listens are rare, ones that grow with each listen even rarer. Weird, rewarding, and a funny sort of unsettling.

Customer Reviews

Why the hell does a review need a title?

Todd Barry takes the mundane and makes it hilarious without ever using his outside voice.

Still Funny Seven Years Later.

The material on "Medium Energy" isn't always strong, but it's wide ranging and Todd Barry shifts from high to middle to low brow in a way that is deft and awkward, all rolled into one. Few if any comedians, then or now, are better at building comedic tension or have better timing and delivery, and this collection is proof. And it inspired me to finally perfect my recipe for hot dog fried rice.

My Download needs HELP!!!

My problem with the album is that it is unlistenable. The reason it's unlistenable, is because the track names are associated with the wrong tracks. Track 1 is supposed to be Intro and is labeled as such, but when I play the Intro, it's really a track from somewhere else in the album. With 55 tracks, this is a nightmare to change manually, because all I have to go on is the track length, and many of those repeat. The rhythm is all wrong when I play it out of order and parts of the album cease to make sense. If it's already been fixed, I'd appreciate it if iTunes let me delete the album and re-download it.


Born: March 26, 1964 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Finding it hard to apply his B.A. in English to his previous jobs -- VD clinic clerk and drummer -- the deadpan, sometimes doe-eyed Todd Barry accepted his fate and turned to standup comedy in 1987. Bronx-born and bred, Barry grew up a fan of Steve Martin, George Carlin, and Andy Kaufman. After spending years touring the comedy clubs, a 1998 Jury Award for Best Stand Up Comic at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen welcomed him to the big leagues. After an April 1999 appearance on Late Night with...
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