Artist (Comedian!) of the Week: Eugene Mirman

BreakThru Radio has featured many musicians as our Artist of The Week over the past few years. However, we have yet to bestow the accolade upon a comedian. That was true until now and the timing could not be more perfect. This week’s AOTW is a fantastically talented comic and he has a new album out on one of our favorite labels, Sub Pop Records,

The man receiving BTR’s highest honor is Eugene Mirman, a Russian immigrant who came to the United States with his family when he was four years old because it is “much better here”, or so he jokes on his new album.

The new release is entitled God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger’s. The title comes from an anecdote Mirman relays on the disc. In January of this year, Mirman released a satirical, self-help book called The Will to Whatevs, and on track-8 of his new CD he tells a story of a book reading in which a child with Asperger’s is in attendance, comparing the boys outbursts to some well known stories from the bible which upon further inspection and thought contain some absurdities.

This is just one of many true life incidents that Mirman depicts on his comedy album. He is a gifted story teller and his jokes are the type which sometimes take a minute to sink in; a nod at their cleverness.

Mirman divulges a lot about himself through his jokes and has no trouble finding the humor in his own life experiences. One such experience makes up the last track on the album. Mirman tells the story of how Delta airlines lost his luggage on a flight. He then explains in great detail the events that ensued and the lack of costumer service which he received. The best part about the story is that when he receives his claim check for the misplaced items, he used the money to print thousands of postcards which he handed out to his fans. He then asked his fans to fill out the postcards which were addressed to Delta and send them to the company in complaint (postcard and script below).

Dear Delta Airlines,

My name is ___________. I am a fan of comedian and actor Eugene “Horsedick” Mirman (who you may recognize from his small,recurring role on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords.) Mr. Mirman flew your airline from Seattle to New York, where you lost his luggage. Quick exposition: you delivered his luggage twice to the wrong address in Atlanta, GA, refused to pick it back up, then said you would pick it up, then never came, and then told him to file a claim and wait to hear back within 10 weeks. Eugene described his traumatic incident with your terrible airline on stage. As a result, I will never ever ever ever fly with you again. Your airline is worse than someone dressing p like Hitler as a joke and not understanding why that’s offensive. If your airline was drowning, I would save you, but give you look like, “I can’t believe I’m saving such an asshole.” To make things right, if I were you, I’d formally apologize to Eugenee on television, give him controlling stock in Delta Airlines or $10,000 (whichever is greater), and lastly make a video of yourself in the balls while going, “Why am I hitting myself?” and put it on youtube.

Yours Truly, ______

As you can tell from the postcard Eugene Mirman is quite sarcastic and extremely funny. Be sure to listen to the entire bit on his album because it is guaranteed to have you laughing. You may have also noticed from Mirman’s modesty on the postcard that he is not only a stand-up comedian and author, but a recurring cast member of a BTR favorite, Flight of the Conchords. He has also made appearances on The Food Network, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, and many other networks and TV shows.

His stand-up routine has also found him touring quite a bit and opening for the likes of numerous comedians and touring with quite a few musicians, including The Shins, Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, Gogol Bordello, and Cake.

We are thrilled to feature Eugene Mirman as our very first comedic Artist of The Week. Listen up to BreakThru Radio for comedy from Eugene Mirman and be sure to pick up his new release, God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger’s, out October 6th on Sub Pop Records.

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