|Jay Sullivan is fat, loud, abrasive and balding. He is also charming, friendly, approachable and – mercifully for the genre – extremely funny. It is this powder keg of opposing talents that has seen the man succeed in Australia – both in some of the toughest, toothless rooms, as well as national competitions such as Green Faces and RAW Comedy.
Recorded live in front of an intimate audience in the national capital, Sullivan lovingly grabs his audience by the throat, somehow injecting a likeability and sophistication to such topics as Auto-Erotic Asphyxiation and The Apocalypse, even stooping to the sick world of Board Games.
As we traverse the globe with Sullivan – with travels ranging from Gundagai to New York City – his love of comedy is clearly on display here, capturing a solid understanding of the art of the comedy album. Whatever Suits’ final track is an opus – a story about a one-night stand with a midget that shows a surprising depth to his writing and his ability as a performer.
This album is engaging and will be one that you listen to over and over again. At least he hopes so. Otherwise, they’re gonna take his thumbs.
Released in March 2012.
Price: $20.00 (AUD) including free postage and Handling to anywhere in the world
1. New York
2. Growing Up Poor
6. Partners & Me
7. Staying Alive
10. Buses and the End of the World
11. Sex and Peanuts
12. Tiny Dancer