The owners of Camp Crystal Lake from ‘Friday the 13th’ films refuse to accept that their camp isn’t working.
CD: Tom McCaffrey (TMC), Get Rich Or Move Back In With My Dad
Last month found plenty of comedians throwing themselves into the rap arena—most thanks to Tom McCaffrey and his debut album. Good hip-hop tracks need collaborators, and Get Rich Or Move Back In With My Dad features appearances by Snakes, Hannibal Buress, Joe DeRosa, Rob Cantrell, Carolyn Castiglia, and Aisha Tyler, among many others. McCaffrey enlists them to help tackle worn comedy topics, creating songs about hack stand-up material, working as a headliner, and a lack of cash. McCaffrey is clever and well-versed in comedy, packing a track about joke-stealing with names and pertinent bits. (“I robbed Jim Gaffigan of his last Hot Pocket”; “Ripped the tattoos off Janeane Garofalo,” courtesy of Castiglia) He’s also managed to mock rap from the inside—Get Rich is rife with inflated grandeur and jokes about how sampling “Wonderwall” automatically makes a song a hit. The album kicks off with a wink to Joaquin Phoenix’s big faux-announcement that he was quitting acting to become a rapper: McCaffrey’s doing something similar, he quips, but no matter how true it is, there’s no denying his rapid-fire wit fits hip-hop quite well. And the other comics seem to enjoy their bout with the form, too.
In this comic anthology of short essays, rejection veteran Friedman (creator of popular New York reading series “The Rejection Show”) brings together a double-handful of writers and comics (David Wain, Michael Ian Black, Neal Pollack, Mandy Stadtmiller, David Rees, Tom McCaffrey, Kristen Schaal) to share rejected work and their thoughts on it.