Chad White, Slutty Hot Dog, Call me Kernel Mustard
Let’s just get the formalities out of the way. Sue Smith is in fact a woman. Yes they can be funny too. Great, now we don’t have to dawdle on such a tired subject. It’ll be too easy to reflect on the idea of women being funny, a select few being dirty and so on. Sue Smith is different. Sure, she’s a bit crass when it comes to stand up but there’s an attractive essence of powerful confidence that stems from her as she graces the stage, sauntering determinately. Smith is open when it comes to her stand up, a quality most comedians have trouble embracing. It feels as if the audience has known her for years as Smith tells a story of her dating life.
Speaking of which, a lot of inspiration was taken from her private sexual life. There’s a story about the guy she lost her virginity to now being in a mental hospital or how she’s allergic to gluten. All stops have been taken out in order to give the best performance. Smith refers to herself as a feminist, although you wouldn’t know it from her jokes. That’s a good thing as she doesn’t seem to be pushing her beliefs onto her audience (something of which other comedians, again, should take note).
Her titles to the tracklist are wonderfully simple with names ranging from “Dicks” to “Butts” to “Farts;” all of which capture more than an adolescent sense of humor. Each track leads to a different insightful story about Smith herself and her personality. For instance, she hates small talk and prefers to get to the part where the other person is crying and they need her (that’s how real friendship works after all). Or, on an intimate level, we get to find out her three big fears: swimming, diabetes pens, and butt stuff (because she's a butt virgin).
Should you listen to Sue Smith: Slutty Pretzel?
The title alone should spark your interest. Not many people can come on stage and give out the strangest details of their lives. And not many of them are this interesting. Sue Smith captures what indie comedy is today. There is a special value that comes with the brutal honesty Smith allows. Check it out.