Comedian Andy Matthews very kindly made a mixtape of his favourite comedian–cum-musicians for our latest Digital Edition, the Comedy Issue. Here’s what he had to say about it:
You use a lot of the same words to talk about comedy and music: timing, rhythm, gigs, set-lists. The crossover vocabulary is there. Maybe that is what is responsible for convincing a lot of musicians that they actually have what it takes to make serious music. Actually most of these guys aren’t bad, and their music is something that they clearly love (Allen, Martin and others), and sometimes even predates their comedy careers (Ricky Gervais). Some (Donald Glover as Childish Gambino) have had genuine success in both fields. Bastards. I don’t know what to say about Eddie Murphy’s contribution.
Here’s the track list, with comments!
‘Party All The Time’ - Eddie Murphy: Stand up prodigy and movie everyman in every sense.
'Drop Thumb Medley’ - Steve Martin: Inventor of absurd standup, sings, dances can act a lot (or at least, regularly)
'We Ain’t Them’ - Childish Gambino (Donald Glover): Young stand up, actor in Community, probably the most successful music career on this list.
'Six Cold Feet’ - Hugh Laurie: British sketch star before his success in America as an actor.
'Bitter Heart’ - Seona Dancing (Ricky Gervais): His musical career had to fail before he could become one of the most well known comics in the world with the creation of ‘The Office’ and many subsequent projects.
'Exactly Like You’ - Dudley Moore: With Peter Cook and one of the founding fathers of British sketch comedy and musical comedy.
'What Else Is New’ - Heidecker and Wood: Tim Heidecker from Tim and Eric, also produced an album entirely of songs about urine and several incredible Dylan parodies.
'Lonesome Blues’ - Woody Allen: Woody Allen.
'Hikky Burr’ - Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby: Bill Cosby pretty much invented storytelling standup comedy and defined an era of sitcom. He still performs multi-hour shows today. He also did some pretty cool music.
'The Sun Shines on My Street’ - George Burns: Permanently old stand up and singer of sorts.
Here’s a little summary of the other hilarities awaiting you in the Comedy Issue, and here’s where you need to go to download the app for your fruit device, get your free issue, and dive deep into the Digital Brow.