I caught Chris Titus’ Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding on cable this weekend and was surprised by how good it was! I’m not really a fan of stand up comedy, they usually don’t interest me much. I’ve seen some good comedians from time to time, but it’s not really my thing.
So, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. He told the story of his dysfunctional family life, from childhood to present day, and this guy’s family makes other dysfunctional families look like the Cleavers. It’s at times harsh, and sad at other times, but he always filtered that sadness and those rough times through his comedy.
It’s a tale of drunk fathers, mentally unbalanced mothers and abusive girlfriends that made me laugh out loud and want to give the guy a big hug at the same time, ending with the realization that it’s his comedy that’s kept him (relatively – no pun intended) sane all these years.
Makes me wish I’d watched his series, Titus, when it was on. :-)