Anthony Jeselnik’s comedy can be summed up in one word – Ruthless! His style, content, delivery, misdirection, and “punch-in-face-lines” require a far greater explanation. Actually, they don’t need to be explained at all, simply an open mind and an understanding that he’s just kidding around. Just watch his specials, his TV show The Jeselnik Offensive, or simply any interview he’s ever had to endure.
Anthony is all about dark comedy; things people tend to think in their own twisted minds but would never dream of saying out loud. From masturbating school janitors to dropping babies, Anthony is a master at creating comedy out of absolutely horrific situations and premises. His deadpan delivery only serves to accentuate his style of dark and twisted comedy. It’s not quite for everyone, but for the people that are open to the absurd, Anthony Jeselnik’s dark humor makes him one of the best comedians working today.
Delivery and Misdirection
The ability to lead a listener down one path, only to turn a corner into something completely unexpected is a skill very few comics learn to master. In Anthony’s case, this misdirection is entwined in every joke. Just when you think you know what he’s going to say you will find yourself continually outsmarted. After a while listeners just have to give in and allow Anthony to take them on his journey.
Always sharp and perfectly articulated, Anthony’s punchlines are some of the best in comedy history and the deadpan delivery makes their sting that much more intense. Since his style is based mostly on short jokes (slightly more than a one-liner) he has a litany of punchlines in every set. The approach gives him both the challenge of having to come up with more punchlines than the average comedian, and the luxury of delivering them more often and since he’s so damn funny, also being rewarded with laughter more often.
According to Joe Rogan and a number of other comics, Anthony Jeselnik is known to be one of the nicest and most genuine guys in comedy. Here at Comics Alive! we can neither deny nor confirm that statement, but we like to think it’s true.
Cheers to Anthony, all of his great work, and many more years of dark and twisted thoughts to come!
You can find Anthony’s comedy specials, Thoughts and Prayers and Fire in the Maternity Ward on Netflix.
Check out one of the most controversial clips from The Jeselnik Offensive here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLQBfmnQhG4
His Podcast The Jeselnik & Rosenthal Vanity Project can be found anywhere you listen to podcasts.