Jon Fisch – Notice Anything Different
Self-depricating right from the outset, Jon Fisch’s Notice Anything Different is consistently funny from start to finish, even on replays. Fisch eases the crowd in with some topical humor peppered with a few vulgar terms to set up the more ribald material later on, but there’s nothing truly offensive here. (By the time he got to the jokes about sexual positions and bikini wax, the crowd was right there with him). Fisch’s material isn’t structured to build to one good line, his vignettes are loaded like buckshot, so a good crowd (and this show in Ottawa had one) is worked like a speed bag. If jokes about back hair, menstrual cycles, bikini wax and m**********g are too much for you you’re probably not the target audience for this column, let alone the comedians I write about. But Jon’s funniest material really comes from pointing out his own shortcomings and the absurdities of life, and even when riffing on common topics like awkward relationships, small apartments, health clubs, bad phone manners and annoying kids he’s fresh and funny. My favorite bit is the routine about online dating and what the words in the ads really mean – it’s something I could see him milking more as time goes on. As a performer, Fisch maximizes his material with skilled use of his voice, whether it’s inflection to stress a phrase or using voices to act out a scenario. He also possesses excellent timing – very adept at a pregnant pause – and is able to seemingly toss a line out as an aside that’s obviously a key part of the joke. Great balanced delivery. The only drawback to the CD is the gaps of silence between tracks, which breaks the mood every few minutes (it’s a professionally recorded CD, not a error made while burning a CD-R), but that’s a small nit and easily rectified. Really funny album, and anyone this strong on record is on my must-see list.