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Michael Showalter

Sandwiches & Cats

(JDub; US: 13 Nov 2007; UK: Available as import)

Michael Showalter is a humorous fellow. Not funny ha ha, his comedy elicits smirks more than chuckles. You might know him from television. He starred on MTV’s sketch show The State and Comedy Central’s Stella. Or maybe you’d recognize him from his films Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter. If so, you know he’s bawdy more than dirty and silly more than zany. He jokes about being confused with Saved By The Bell’s Screech, washing his hands after taking a pee, and wondering why someone would attend his show with her pet cat. This part live, part studio mix of routines shows that Showalter knows how to work a crowd and build a skit out through timing and vocal inflections. It’s not so much what Showalter says, as much as how he says it.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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