Michael ShowalterJan 8, 2008 Daytrotter Studio, Rock Island, IL

  1. Bookery Reading

Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Brendan Kiefer

Michael Showalter always feels like he's jerking your chain and man, that's alright. Patton Oswalt brought us Werewolves & Lollipops earlier in 2007 and The State/Stella vet came at us just before the holiday with Sandwiches & Cats -- a great coincidence. Both items that Showalter chose to connect in his title with an ampersand play starring roles on the album -- the edible half the subject of a blistering spoken word/mantra/chant song about the makings of a perfect sandwich (mustard is the skeleton key, even if a box of No. 2 pencils and bread is involved) and the cat half a response to a woman bringing two kittens to her front row seat at the very show recorded for this disc. He's a master at funny, nerdy assertiveness and confidence and the more steamed he can work himself up to, the better the belly laughs. Mid-way through the album, he's heard in the background laughing his little head off as buddy Eugene Mirman seductively whispers a commercial to be run during the autumnal season advertising the way apples make a person want to fuck (their words, not mine!). It's comedy you don't quite get from "Two And A Half Men." Showalter contributes a regal and dignified reading here in this space, cutting a few lines from a flashback scene of a fancy dinner party from P.D. James' mystery novel, Cover Her Face. Sounds like a money shot gag done in a British accent.

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