Chris Gethard surprise-releases new comedy album that pays tribute to New Jersey
Chris Gethard has just surprise-released a new comedy album called Taylor Ham, Egg, and Cheese: A Comedic Tribute to New Jersey on Don Giovanni Records, and as you may have guessed from the title, it's an album that Geth says "will only be fully enjoyed by people in New Jersey." It was recorded live at the Asbury Park Brewery in August. Here's Geth's full statement on it:
I've made an album that, by definition, will only be fully enjoyed by people in New Jersey. There are a handful of tracks that anyone anywhere will find funny, but a solid 50% of this album will be unfunny to people unfamiliar with Jersey, and may actually not make sense. There are certain jokes about specific landmarks or directions or behaviors that will sound like utter gibberish to people not from my home state.
Most of this material was recorded the first time I ever said it out loud into a microphone. It was impossible to practice any of this before recording, since the only context where it makes sense is at a taping specifically for all-Jersey material. You can't go up at a club and workshop your bit about the Evil Clown of Middletown, you know? There were only three tracks that I was able to practice before recording: Medieval Times, Great Adventure, and New Jersey Discrimination. Outside of that, all of it was hail mary passes the night of the taping.
We also have a hunch that this is the last comedy album that will come out this decade, which is neither here nor there but sounds like a pretty cool thing to say.
Stream the album via Bandcamp below...
1 – IT’S TAYLOR HAM
2 – GREAT ADVENTURE
3 – A NEW JERSEY MONDAY MORNING CONVERSATION
4 – DIRECTIONS IN NEW JERSEY
5 – NEW JERSEY DINERS
6 – DO NOT CORRECT PEOPLE FROM NEW JERSEY
7 – BAYONNE
8 – NORTH VERSUS SOUTH JERSEY
9 – EVERYONE IN NEW JERSEY IS A LITTLE BIT ITALIAN
10 – WHERE IN NEW JERSEY ARE YOU FROM?
11 – MEDIEVAL TIMES
12 – THEY SHOULD THANK GOD FOR NEW JERSEY
13 – NEW JERSEY DISCRIMINATION
14 – GOD BLESS NEW JERSEY OUTRO