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Comedy CD/DVD Combo Review: Al Madrigal – Why is the Rabbit Crying?

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Al Madrigal’s Comedy Central Stand-up Special Why is the Rabbit Crying? scheduled to close out “Stand-up Month” on April 26th will be available in an extended and uncensored CD/DVD Combo at the end of the month as well. For a bit over an hour, Madrigal talks about everything from the Cholo coach of his kid’s midget football team and the competition for snack assignments to his young daughter’s invasion of his “me time” in the bathroom and his ideas for naming wi/fi networks. It takes the comic a while to hit his stride, but once he gets going, he turns in a fine set. He has the kind of pleasant, good-natured stage presence that has the audience pulling for him from the moment he opens his mouth.

Perhaps best known for his appearances as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Madrigal has also shown up on a variety of late night shows including Conan, The Tonight Show, Lopez Tonight, Chelsea Lately and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has been named Best Stand-Up Comedian by the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

Essentially a story teller, he is at his best spinning out tales at length. His story about the cleaning woman who mistakenly ate some chocolates laced with hallucinogenic mushrooms back in his college days is hilarious, and the punch line of his rant on a strip mall massage is an absolute classic. His riffs on his family and raising his kids are amusing gems about the perils of child rearing. Of course, he only manages to get away with politically incorrect bits like his explanation of what a Cholo is and his search for a day laborer because of his own Latin heritage. Even the title of the special, which is a reference to gang tattoos, would be taboo for an Anglo comedian. Sample video clips are available on the Comedy Central site.

Bonus material on the DVD includes Madrigal’s half-hour special Comedy Central Presents Al Madrigal with audio commentary by the comedian and Louis Katz, his appearance on the network’s Shorties Watchin’ Shorties, and his report on the Tucson ban on Mexican-American studies from The Daily Show.

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