This Brooklynite comic isn’t nicknamed ‘the Bitter Buddha’ for nothing. Pepitone’s act is effectively a darkly funny nervous breakdown, flipping between philosophical outrage and introverted self-hatred. He’s angry, both at the hypocrisy in this world and at his own failure. Heck, he’s even been known to heckle himself, brutally!
But there’s more to Pepitone than pure rage. He turns his analytical mind to comedy itself to expertly pick apart observational comics’ techniques, but he’s his own biggest target and often deconstructs his own material.
Plus, under the self-loathing and outrage, Pepitone slips subtle thoughts on big US problems – racial inequality, mental health treatments, corporate greed – into his bitter arguments. They won’t stay subtle for long, though. The 56-year-old stand-up furiously overexplains his clever tricks until everyone in the room understands the message, and then he’ll explain them some more – and it’s ridiculously funny.
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Unhinged, unpredictable, angry anti-comedy.