Still regularly cited among the great standup sets of all time, the show — performed off-Broadway, directed for TV by Ted Demme and released as a book and CD — launched Leary as a superstar, in the US at least. Yes, it inhabits a certain mindset with electrifying conviction, but the show seems more hymn to assholery than satire. The comedian-as-asshole has a long lineage, and you can see why. It can be funny — or can, at least, provoke a kind of appalled laughter — to see someone cast off civility on stage, to unleash the raging id the rest of us spend our lives keeping under control. You could cite early-career Brendon Burns or Jim Jeffries: self-styled bad boys ramping up the boorish for our entertainment. And cynical.
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That fact is both a credit to the special itself and also a damning criticism of contemporary America. But while the s were a buoyant time for stand-up comedy, Leary never found his footing as a traditional stand-up comic. Instead, he used his working class, Irish Catholic upbringing as fodder for a darker, more personal brand of comedy. One part stand-up comedy and two parts antisocial carnival barking, the hour-long special plays like a nicotine high with punch lines. From there, Leary lets his street smart, blue collar id wildly out of its cage. His targets are many: smoking, booze, drugs, sex, health, celebrity, music.
"I'm An Asshole" Lyrics
The song made MuchMusic 's "50 Most Controversial Videos of All Time" and reached spot 37 for its profanity, making fun of handicapped people, and threatening to destroy the environment. The word " asshole " is said at least 27 times, according to MuchMusic 's Devon Soltendieck. The word "fuck" is said four times and also "piss" is used three times. A censored video for the song was made, which bleeps out some words. However the word "asshole" is still present and uncensored.
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