Friday, March 23, 2012

Eddie Gossling's "Fresh Brewed Eddie"

Although the title of the new release from Eddie Gossling, Fresh Brewed Eddie, refers to his state of mind when he's ready to kick butt and squirm his way out of a fight, it's also quite the spot-on descriptor for his comedy. Like a nice cup of coffee, this album is perfectly brewed and quite palatable. There's just the right amount of nuttiness and it's got a nice caffeinated kick to it.

To put it bluntly and without the barrage of coffee metaphors, this CD is a lot of fun. Gossling approaches comedy eagerly and with a sense of genuine fun. Maybe it's his voice, which he admits is a little different than the norm, his high-pitched delivery offering a flare of fun and whimsy.

That's not to imply his material is lightweight of fluffy. Gossling is a true original, his style a definite breath of fresh air and a nice break from the standard "Hey, didja ever notice" routine and he tackles each topic head-on.

Gossling's writing is clever (I'll leave it up to him to explain why he's on a steady diet of picture frames and candles) and if portions of his set list read like topics you've heard before ("Drugs," "The N Word," "Church"), I guarantee you've never heard them quite like this. With bits like "Spoons," "Aliens," and "Smoothies" sandwiched around them you're bound to have a one-of-a-kind comedy experience that will keep you laughing.

Unlike some comics who revel in their own cleverness, practically pausing for applause breaks at any clever piece of wordplay they concoct, Gossling plugs along and just ... talks. To go back to the coffee analogies, if your standard comedian is a run-of-the-mill cup of joe from the corner gas station, then Gossling is a pourover. There's no everyday-ness here but instead each line of every story is lovingly crafted for maximum effect. Where some people may be described as "clinically depressed," Gossling chooses to use a more colorful phrase with which to paint them. He simply explains, "His soul has a cold."

I love it.

Whether it's his baptism into the ways of the Catholic church (the phrase "Bread of Heaven" needs to be added to your vernacular, ASAP) or his plan to incorporate glitter the next time he quits a job in a huff, Gossling proves to be a captivating storyteller so skilled at what he does, it almost seems effortless (and speaking of storytelling, I loved the way he started off one bit with The Lord of the Rings and ended up at Pinocchio).

There really aren't any slow points to Gossling's set and he steadily infuses his quirky outlook along the way. In fact, my only complaint (and it's really more of a compliment than a complaint) is I wished some of the bits were longer. A few tracks clock in at under a minute and I enjoyed them so much, I wanted more.

One of my favorite tracks is Gossling's tale of traveling via Greyhound (or, as he calls it, "a retarded time machine"). His experience is one of frustrated plane envy. If he had more money he'd be flying the friendly skies but instead finds himself grounded alongside the likes of people who have boarded with a shoebox in tow (the bus equivalent of a laptop)

For me, though, "Math & NASA" is the ultimate track. Gossling kicks it off by confessing he's not good at math, an essential component if he wanted to realistically chase his dream of working for the program. From there he gives us a glimpse into what it would look like if the space agency decided to give him a job despite his lack of qualifications. The laughs come quickly as he struggles with trying to figure out how much fuel will be required to launch the shuttle into orbit ("...uh...multiply that times some type of root...").

No matter how much I write about Gossling, I won't be able to do him justice, as much of the comedy is found in his delivery. His tone, inflection, and vocalization are all tools in his arsenal he uses to perfection. 

Mmmm.... I gotta tell ya ... this Fresh Brewed Eddie is good.


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