Eat Around It, is funny and daring. Comedian Anthony Davis, not basketball player Anthony Davis, tells jokes with a chip on his shoulder. He’s outrageous, he’s ornery and out of the box hilarious. His Southern-fried comedy is rife with booming bursts and salt of the earth silliness. With sharp wit and high energy sarcasm, the North Carolina native is cutting and unflinching. He’s not afraid to yell and swear with agitation. Every emotional explosion is usually grounded by self-aware self-defeat. Davis, whether through off color wordplay or offhand audacity, achieves an impressive balance between being endearing and edgy.
A noteworthy storyteller, Davis spins yarns throughout Eat Around It. Every anecdote goes from bad to worse, lurching forward with tense and alarming circumstances. One of the album’s many highlights features the comedian’s run in with a sect of Christians, who happen to worship with snakes. The result is a madcap adventure, high stakes and higher hilarity. Anthony Davis keeps up the funny: delightful divergences, musing asides, ridiculous reenactments, potent peril, pointless politeness, a dramatic conclusion. This story and others are must listens.
Davis smiles and he wisecracks, but he’s a powder keg, a livewire. In Eat Around It, the young, rising comedian’s debut comedy album, Anthony isn’t afraid to air his grievances. While the misguided, misunderstood everyman, wrestling with a comedy of errors, is often “wrong,” he’s still loveable (and funny as hell). Plus-size with a big personality; pristine, good natured, ornery, self-deprecating comedy, Davis makes his mark. You won’t want to miss Eat Around It!
Richard Lanoie –
Anthony Davis is a very entertaining Southern comic. How Southern is Anthony Davis? He appeared on COPS! This stand-up who “looks like Ed Sheeran was raised in Alabama” favors adult-oriented material and it works for him. One thing for sure, you will never look at porn the same way again.
Eat Around It opens with some family related material that shocks the audience a bit and Davis piles a couple more on to make sure we know where he stands. This allows the audience to go along for the ride and they do not regret it.
The many solid routines on this comedy download include being surprised by the potency of California pot, the risks of having a stroke, and appearing on a roots type show titled A New Leaf. The punchline to that one is superb and … weird.
My favorite bit is the one on porn. It has to do with reaching an age where you are more interested in the decor than the performers.
The best bit on Anthony Davis Eat Around It is Snakes. Southern preachers seem to like to hangle venomous snakes for the hell of it and for better or for worse. If you are curious as to how to craft the perfect, just long enough comedy bit, this is a great example.
Eat Around It closes too soo for my taste on a story about thinking Grindr was a sandwich club. It too is great.
There is a shitload of stand-up comedy being released. Eat Around It by Anthony Davis is one of the few really worthwhile downloads.