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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

John Caparulo: “Come Inside Me” (2013) CD/DVD Review

I like it when a comedian’s act is at least partly colored by the location, as is John Caparulo’s new special, Come Inside Me. It was shot in Las Vegas, and early on he talks about the drive to Vegas from Los Angeles, which, yes, seems like it will be more fun than it is. From there he is able to segue into other material on traveling.

He says when he was Tampa, he got to throw out the first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game. “I fucking blew it,” he says. He did it once before in Cleveland, and threw it over the catcher’s head. “Everyone booed me and shit.” So this time he tried harder. “I still kid myself at this age like I’m going to throw such a good fastball the manager’s going to be like, ‘You want to go a few innings?’” I have to admit I’m not sure whether I love this bit because it’s so funny or because I would love to be able to throw out a pitch at a baseball game. (Congratulations, Red Sox!) By the way, John Caparulo says they didn’t boo him in Tampa; they clapped, which made him feel worse.

Also regarding traveling, he has material on flying, and on specifically not being able to get direct flights. “Everywhere I go, I gotta go to fucking Charlotte. I could be flying from London to Hong Kong. We gotta go to Charlotte.”

He talks about hating bathroom attendants. Apparently, they have them in Charlotte, which is a surprise. I totally hate those guys too, but I’ve never encountered one outside of Los Angeles. This material is particularly funny. “You know what I need more of when I’m pooping. Fucking company. It’s just not the same without a stranger to talk to.”

Like most comedians, he has quite a bit of material on relationships. When his girlfriend (now his wife) moved in, she started asking questions. “When was the last time this bathroom was cleaned? I’m like, you’ll have to track down the previous owners. I’m tired of all these fucking questions.” Most of his material on being married is wonderful, particularly his stuff about couples friends. “People you’d never hang out with otherwise, but it’s like, oh but there’s two of them, so now they’re awesome.” His bit about having different tastes in music is excellent, especially about grenades and trains (you’ll know it when you hear it).

And I love his take on ghosts: “If I heard a bump in the middle of the night and I woke up and I saw a ghost, I’d be kind of relieved. Like, oh good, it’s not the plumbing.”

This special is approximately seventy-one minutes, and this two-disc set includes it on CD and DVD.

Bonus Material

The DVD includes a half-hour behind-the-scenes featurette. This is an interview with John Caparulo, in which he talks about how his comedy is based on reality, and gives a bit of backstory for some of the material of the special, including more information on throwing out the first pitch.

Come Inside Me was released on September 17, 2013.

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