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I Am Not Homer
     

I Am Not Homer

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by Dan Castellaneta
 
In this hilarious CD, talented voice-over artist Dan Castellaneta -- who supplies most of the male voices heard on The Simpsons -- demonstrates that he's also a versatile comic performer with flawless delivery and impeccable timing. I Am Not Homer (the title itself is a gag, spoofing a '60s album recorded by Leonard Nimoy to dispel the notion that his

Overview

In this hilarious CD, talented voice-over artist Dan Castellaneta -- who supplies most of the male voices heard on The Simpsons -- demonstrates that he's also a versatile comic performer with flawless delivery and impeccable timing. I Am Not Homer (the title itself is a gag, spoofing a '60s album recorded by Leonard Nimoy to dispel the notion that his talents had been subsumed in the "Spock" persona) collects nine wryly humorous sketches co-written by Castellaneta and his comedienne wife, Deb Lacusta. Together they lampoon everything from insipid talk shows to the enduring Elvis mystique. Our vote for Best Bit goes to the 10-minute "Drive Time," in which the ersatz bonhomie affected by long-married radio hosts gradually dissipates during a particularly trying broadcast. With their deft timing and shrewd observations on pop culture, Castellaneta and Lacusta seem eerily reminiscent of standup legends Mike Nichols and Elaine May. But, the disc's title notwithstanding, Dan still can't entirely escape Homer, who "performs" with Barney, Grandpa, and Krusty the Klown in "So Dumb," a cleverly mixed song parody. It makes a delightful coda to this hour-long symphony of silliness.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Dan Castellaneta is best known for being the voice of Homer Simpson, but he has also found success as a comedian independent of his television career. On I Am Not Homer, Castellaneta attempts to make his first comic sketch album (after 2000's bizarre all-music Two Lips) and enlists his wife, Deb Lacusta, to help him on the project. Simpsons fanatics should beware: This is a very different brand of humor than what the show usually presents. "Elvus" is a perfect example; the sketch involves Castellaneta and Lacusta as two obsessive rednecks discussing Elvis Presley in a slowly building conversation that reveals their unusual relationship with the deceased singer. Although some of the sketches are very funny and unusual, many of them are quite slow in general and lack a certain focus that could make them more directly humorous. The biggest problem is that it seems like they are improvising with no direction at times, as in the opening "AM Therapy" (which is entirely too long), and they seem like they are occasionally breaking character. Simple editing could have tightened up these lengthy sketches, but instead they are allowed to meander from one occasionally funny joke to the next. And the appearance of Homer Simpson at the end of the album is about as funny as songs on The Simpsons Sing the Blues, which is to say, it is mildly amusing. There are a few very funny sketches, but in the long run this is a very average comedy album that only inspires the occasional chuckle.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Oglio Records
UPC:
0790058912928
catalogNumber:
89129

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Castellaneta   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Voices
Curt Anderson   Harmonica,Theremin,Background Vocals,Voices,Chromatic Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Rick Hall   Background Vocals
Buddy Judge   Banjo,Bass,Electric Guitar,Ukulele
Ric Menck   Percussion,Drums
Laura Hall   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Wurlitzer
Michael Dunn   Background Vocals
Michael Dunn   Background Vocals
Layne Beamer   Background Vocals
Laura Hall   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Curt Anderson   Engineer
Laura Hall   Producer
Dan Castellaneta   Producer,Contributor,Audio Production
Gregg Bernstein   Art Direction
Deb Lacusta   Audio Production

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2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far the most awful attempt at comedy I have ever endured. The skits are devoid of any actual humor. This product makes a great case for the inclusion of "Zero Star" in the ratings system.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am appauled at the comments on the back of the CD. ''Dan is so funny he makes me cry for mercy!'' Matt Groening or ''You'll plot! or whatever it is non-Jews do when they're amused.'' James L. Brooks. I ALMOST smirked once during the first 1/2 hour and could not go on. I can't for the life of me figure out how this dirt go on a CD. What were they thinking? Did they just show up in a studio and recorded the first thing that went throught their heads? If so, I guess they did not listen to it before production of the CD because man o man is it bad. This review would be filled with obsenities to truly describe how bad this CD really is but it is against the rules. I challenge anyone to listen to this entire CD TWICE. Not gonna happen! Next time I see Matt Groening's approval on something, I will just keep walking. I would have love to give this thing a real rating but the lowest is 1 star and believe me, it's not even close to 1 star. If this CD was a hotel, you would be sleeping in a freezing mud hole with 5 inch spikes digging into you back at the end of an airport runway while wild angry wolverines were trying to tear out your eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my sweet heavenly lord! This is hilarious from start to finish. I listened for 18 hours straight and it is still funny.