Picks and Pans Review: Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper?
Brenner appears so appealing on TV, so vulnerable, that it would seem almost impossible to dislike his first comedy album. Almost impossible, but not quite. This dispirited LP is an amalgam of excerpts from concerts and studio dramatizations of incidents Brenner recounted in his autobiography last year. The anecdotes from the book are tedious, and the performance excerpts are too short to generate any comedic momentum. The one high point comes when Brenner introduces his father, Lou, and mother, Estelle, at a concert; anyone who's so nice to his parents can't be all bad.