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Don Jamieson, co-host of VH1’s hit show That Metal Show will release his new full length comedy album Tuesday, March 18th. Hell Bent For Laughter, Jamieson’s second full length comedy album, was recorded in December 2013 at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Despite recording his show close to the new home that he tells his audience that he and his wife had bought, neither The Garden State nor its embattled governor are off limits to Jamieson in his show. It’s just part of what will have audiences laughing uproariously. Jamieson also goes after politicians, certain pop acts, and even some of his favorite rock bands of all time in his act just to note a little of what audiences can expect in this performance. Regardless of whether it be for any of the noted material or that not noted, there is enough in this recording to have anyone laughing, even when they know they should be ashamed to be doing so. It is a laugh riot and a must hear for anyone that needs a good laugh.
Don Jamieson covers so much ground in the show recorded for Hell Bent For Laughter. He obviously has plenty of music related jokes and jokes related to That Metal Show. But that’s not all he hits in his show. Jamieson also justifiably gets plenty of laughs when he tells his audience about having bought a house in New Jersey with his wife. Those laughs are thanks to jokes about his bad luck in the timing of having bought the house and about the cost of mortgage payments. He laughs as he tells his audience that anyone that’s renting should keep doing so. From there, he goes on to make jokes about embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Christie’s potential run for the presidency, and of course his weight and weight loss. It’s just one of a handful of moments throughout the show when Jamieson really shines in this show. Audiences will agree when they hear his jokes for themselves.
Gov. Christie isn’t the only politician that Jamieson goes after in his latest comedy release. He also goes after Vice President Joe Biden and how little people actually see him versus how much people see President Obama. He makes a sharp joke about how much Biden spent on room service in one night at a hotel room at one point. He really shows with both this joke and those aimed at Christie his ability to branch out and cover more than just music. It shows his abilities as apolitical satirist as well as media personality, which bodes well if he ever decides to step away from his day job. On an even deeper level, the fact that he would go after both a Republican and Democrat means that no one can even begin to accuse Jamieson of supporting one side or the other. He gives equal time to both sides. Anyone with any knowledge of how the media works will appreciate that reference.
The laughs that Jamieson gets with his political pot shots don’t stop there. He also goes after some of the biggest names in pop culture as part of his act. Those names include the likes of Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, and even One Direction. He basically accuses Lady Gaga of being a cross-dressing male. And in terms of Whitney Houston, he shows just how irreverent he can be. Some might even call his joke at Houston’s expense walking a very fine line. It’s not the only time at which he walks that line, either. Audiences will find he walks that line quite a bit throughout this set. Getting back on topic, in going after One Direction, that joke is so off color that this critic would get in a lot of trouble for even beginning to repeat it. It is something that audiences will have to hear for themselves to appreciate. They’re not the only acts to taste Jamieson’s comedic venom so to speak, either. He spreads the love, even making jabs at some of the biggest names in the rock industry. Metallica, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, KISS, and Guns N’ Roses all get their moment in Jamieson’s set. From calling Motley Crue Motley Karaoke thanks to how Vince Neil handles live shows to a crack about Metallica working with Lou Reed to jokes about songs from KISS and Judas Priest, Jamieson leaves no stone unturned. He shows that he can get audiences laughing even in making jokes related to his regular day job even on these topics. It shows that whether it be music, pop culture, politics, or even more blue material, Don Jamieson can entertain any audience. And audiences will agree on this when they pick up Hell Bent For Laughter Tuesday, March 18th. It is definitely a recording that will have anyone laughing nonstop.
Jamieson will hit the road beginning next Friday March, 14th for a stand-up tour to support Hell Bent For Laughter. Audiences will get to hear some of his material when he kicks off his tour at the New Hope Cinema Grill in New Hope, Minnesota. He will be joined by his co-hosts of That Metal Show on a handful of his upcoming live dates. Fans can get a full rundown of Jamieson’s upcoming live appearances online now at http://www.donjamieson.com, http://www.metalblade.com/donjamieson, http://twitter.com/realdonjamieson, and http://www.facebook.com/donjamiesonofficial. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.