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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts -The world of stand-up comedy is an ocean. There are the typical creatures you find closer to the surface that are more beloved and get the job done. Then there are the creatures down in the darkest depths and you think “What the hell is that? It’s so bizarre, yet I cannot look away…” Eddie Pepitone falls into the latter category. Based out of Los Angeles, Pepitone is known as a “comic’s comic,” a type of comedian not known as well in the mainstream, but beloved by his fellow comedians. After a tremendous documentary about his career, The Bitter Buddha, was released last year, Netflix premiered his latest hour special in hopes that he’ll be rocketed further into the spotlight.
Eddie Pepitone has some feelings he would like to share, and sometimes scream at you. Continuing through his existence in this strange world, Eddie lies awake questioning it all and then asks us the same questions. Recorded at the Bell House in Brooklyn, Eddie and the audience attempt to find some answers. Throughout the course of an hour, Eddie delves into a variety of topics such as magicians, the impending apocalypse, and his new hat.
Two years ago, I had the good fortune of seeing Pepitone live when he was in Scotland and came out fascinated by the man and hysterical hour I witnessed. In Ruins is a remarkable set of stand-up from Pepitone, one of the most talented comedians working out there today. The hour is filled with Pepitone’s typical bursts of deranged brilliance. He opens with a tremendous bit asking for a round of applause for steadily more absurd topics as it goes on. This is a vetting bit for the rest of the audience to strap in because it’s going to be a wild ride.
The moniker “The Bitter Buddha” is bar none the most fitting alias for a comic of Pepitone’s talent. These days, the closest thing we have to modern day philosophers are stand up comics. Way back when in ancient Greece, for example, guys in togas would spout their beliefs and commentary on existence and people latched onto them. Eddie Pepitone harkens back to those old days of yore with his spouts of brutal, yet intriguing views.
In Ruins brings one of the most brilliant comedians up to the surface. Eddie Pepitone digs deep into our social flaws and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. The hour also flies by thanks to the smooth direction by Steven Feinartz (who also directed the documentary about Pepitone). Pepitone’s words challenge and provoke you and leave you feeling vacant, but in a placated way. In Ruins goes takes you on a fast, hilarious ride that leaves you satisfied, yet wanting more, which is what a solid hour of stand up should do.
Eddie Pepitone: In Ruins is available for streaming on Netflix Instant. The documentary on Pepitone, The Bitter Buddha is available for streaming on Amazon Prime. His first stand up album, A Great Stillness, is available on Amazon and iTunes. His Twitter is https://twitter.com/eddiepepitone