He Says He Wants A Revolution
Comedian Christopher Titus issues double
album of political and social material
By Michael Shashoua / Jester editor-in-chief
three years, Christopher Titus returns with a new album,
“Neverlution!,” a double CD set released June 28 in which the
comedian takes on the decline of American culture with sharp,
angry laments. (Titus' 2009 special was not issued as an album).
For his material, Titus mines phenomenon like every child
getting a participation trophy for youth sports, and a vignette
about an obnoxious kid running around the DMV.
Titus is skilled at weaving his ideas and stories together and
reaching back for callbacks and references to items he’s
previously put out there in the performance, recorded live in
Aspen, Colo. A favorite of these, for its absurdity in the
service of social commentary, is his idea that we ought to have
22-year late term abortions, because someone might be O.K., but
you have to make sure they don’t turn into an asshole after
they’re legally able to drink.
Overall, Titus’ point of view, “Neverlution!” does veer between
socially conservative – that American culture needs to get back
to the standards it once had for behavior and manners – and
progressive or even radical, as on the segment “Two Hour
Revolution,” where he advocates everyone just stop everything
for two hours to show the politicians who should be boss, and
that they ought to get back to working for the people.
This double album, after such a long time (Titus undoubtedly
toured regularly to develop all this material, but hasn’t turned
up in films or television in the interim), finds the comedian
turning back from personal material of “Norman Rockwell Is
Bleeding” (see review, 7/20/08) to political or societal commentary. He has good
command and presence, and strong points of view, although the
trick is whether the material will bear repeated listens or
whether it’s so strident and specific, that once you’ve heard
and absorbed it, that is enough.