Campaign in the Ass

Paul Krassner

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Campaign in the Ass Review

by Steve Huey

Campaign in the Ass is Paul Krassner's fourth album and second for the Artemis label, and it's in a vein pretty similar to its predecessors: full of contemporary political commentary, reminiscences from Krassner's long career, and dissections of the American cultural psyche. Krassner's performance is more witty and ironic than laugh-out-loud hilarious, more spoken word than full-fledged standup comedy, but a large chunk of his appeal is the intelligence and thoughtfulness of his presentation. Campaign in the Ass features bits on the crop of presidential hopefuls that entered the state primary season, as well as memories of Lenny Bruce, Jerry Garcia, Mad Magazine, Norman Mailer, and more.

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