Tommy Savitt’s “Who Wants Me Now? (Director’s Cut)”

Who Wants Me Now? Director’s Cut is an updated re-release of the 2007 album by the same name – except for…you know…the whole “Director’s Cut” thing. I freely admit I was completely unfamiliar with the original album, so I won’t be able to contrast, compare, and tell you if this re-release is a good or a bad thing. And the fact that I have nothing to compare it to may also be a good or a bad thing. In an interview with…someone (it’s never really made clear who the interviewer is) on the final track, Tommy Savitt explains this is basically a re-working of some of his older material, punched up a bit, expanded, and re-configured.

I will say this much: whatever it is Savitt tweaked, he did it well. Who Wants Me Now? is just what people look for in a comedy album: one-liners, mis-direction, a handful of groaners, and a lot of laughs. There are a lot of zingers packed inside and Savitt wastes no time getting to them. He begins by explaining he went to Brooklyn Law School – because it’s the best acting school there is – and graduated in the top 1/3 of the bottom 1/3 of his class. From that point on, we start to understand why.

Savitt plays the role of the happy, confident fool perfectly (“Think about it! Use your placenta!”). His statements are completely preposterous and it’s fun as he feigns utter incredulity when people don’t agree with his point of view. (“I fight for you! I’m against the seat belt laws; they tell you it saves lives. If you’re strapped in a Ford Focus, is your life worth living?…And the best part of being flung from your Focus? You may be hit by something nicer.”)

Despite Savitt’s tough exterior – he’s almost a cross between Eddie Pepitone and the late Mike Destefano – it soon becomes obvious that all he needs is love. He explains this to the ladies in the audience, listing off reasons why they should go home with him. Of course, the more he talks – pleads, almost – the more it comes to light why an evening with him may not be the wisest choice. (“Some of these men will make love to you and then brag about it to their friends. I would never do that. I would show them the video.”) After similar stories of why he is the “good guy,” revealing one embarrassing attribute about himself after another, Savitt delivers his signature tagline: “Who wants me now?”

Savitt only shifts gears to encourage the audience to buy his CD, which he claims includes relationship-saving hints, tips, and pseudo-questions of advice from the public, all of which begin with his other catchphrase, “Hey Tommy.” Savitt is proud to share some of the advice he’s given in the past and once again the more he brags, the more he shouldn’t. He has the audience under his full control and they respond exactly as they should; they’re playing the exact role Savitt has orchestrated for them.

A lot of comedians cover a vast array of topics and cover a lot of pop culture ground in their act, but not Savitt. He doesn’t need to. He’s carved out a nice niche for himself, sticking mainly to relationships and gleefully putting himself down along the way. He’s taken a smart approach to self-deprecation. We never pity or feel sorry for him. Because he’s so confident, his shortcomings don’t make him seem like less of a man. He states boldly his beliefs on women and what he thinks they want – and need – and basically ends up listing reasons why he finds himself alone. Savitt proudly portrays himself as a romantic idiot…and the way he does it is sheer genius.