Robert Schimmel

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On Robert Schimmel's third album, the comedian offers more of his frank sexual monologues and other everyday observations from the standpoint of a middle-aged white guy who's been married for 22 years and has a teenage daughter. Schimmel is partial to salty language, but rather than aiming to shock, he uses such language as a garnish for his trademark sad-sack delivery and hilarious bits of self-deprecation. One of the funnier bits is a story about the sexual disfunction and accompanying medicinal side effects that resulted from recent pulmonary problems ("Heart Attack"). Parents will no doubt find humor in his stories of explaining to his daughter how circus animals get trained to do tricks ("Theme Parks") and his complaints about dealing with her horny main squeeze ("My Daughter's Boyfriend").

Elsewhere, the veteran stand-up comedian touches on fear of failure in both the bedroom ("Premature Ejaculation") and in the air ("Commuter Planes"). Longtime fans will recognize some of Schimmel's material, (especially since this is the companion CD to his HBO special of the same name), but neophytes will quickly understand why Steve Martin, Howard Stern, and Chris Rock are such big fans.

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