Comedy Review: Daniel Tosh at Fort Lauderdale Improv

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Daniel Tosh
Fort Lauderdale Improv


Better than: Granny takes a squirt

Before I begin, I want you all to know that I had absolutely no date to bring to see Daniel Tosh. Not that my friends didn't want to go see the host of Comedy Central's surprisingly good clip show, Tosh.0. It's just that everybody I knew was busy. So acting as my plus one that night: my mother.

Needless to say, my mom didn't exactly "get" Tosh. It was like locking an Amish person in a radio control tower. She had no idea what was going on. The fiercely snarky comic has become the de facto voice of the social media world, renowned for giving "web redemptions" of classic YouTube clips and chronicling the crazier side of Twitter. His comedy is full of pop culture references and self-referential geekiness, and moves so fast it's easy to miss a joke or three. So if you're not quick on the Internet-style uptake, it's easy to get lost in his act.

However, for fans of the comic and his raucous show, Tosh delivered a set of quick wit laced with vulgarity, extreme pessimism, and plenty of "I can't believe he just said that" moments.

Some examples: Tosh lingered for 10 minutes over what Brad Pitt and David Beckham's hypothetical love child would look like and how much he'd want to have sex with it. He broke down the sick relationship he shares with his sister in a joke that ended with rape and silly string and later waxed philosophical about the benefits of taking a shit while sitting on the toilet backwards. Yes, it was that kind of show.

While a lot of his bits seemed designed for 140 characters or less, Tosh had pretty much the entire crowd loling in the aisles by the time his hour-long set was up. Except my mother. She mostly just covered her face and looked at me with shame.

The new season of Tosh.0 hits on June 2. Till then, check out some of Tosh's best clips here.

Personal bias: I'm actually contemplating using his technique of sitting backwards on the toilet. You can use the tank to sleep, eat breakfast, or just prop yourself up. #laziness
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