Brent Weinbach – The Night Shift
September 9, 2009
Written by Ben Van Houten
Having seen him multiple times, I can attest that San Francisco/LA comedian Brent Weinbach is one of the funniest and strangest comedians around, with an eye for creating odd characters and bizarre situations. His new album, The Night Shift, comes out next Tuesday and according to the good folks at local comedy label Talent Moat, it should be something special:
Not any sort of traditional live record, The Night Shift is a densely woven mix of in-studio routines replete with instrumental roller rink-meets-Nintendo backing tracks (composed and performed by Brent), some live comedy club material, some of Brent’s original piano and vocal songs that have a surprising heartfelt Tin Pan Alley bent, disturbing phone messages and much more. The overall vibe is perhaps somewhere in the outer Joe Frank universe but it’s safe to say that there’s never before been a comedy album like this one. Okay, so maybe it’s the TUSK of comedy albums.
Brent’s celebrating the album’s release this Friday at the Verdi Club. Unlike one of his normal standup appearances, however, Weinbach will be performing the brand new CD in its entirety. He’ll also be joined by special guests Moshe Kasher, Alex Koll and Laura Weinbach (of Foxtails Brigade).
To learn more about Weinbach, check out a recent episode of The Sound of Young America, which also includes some clips from The Night Shift. Advance tickets for the release party are available here. 8pm, $10, All Ages.