Andrew Santino is a pal of mine but he’s also one of my favorite stand-ups. He’s a monster. I’ve never once seen a show he’s done that’s the same, or not a side splitter. His new Netflix special, Cheeseburger, is really one of the best specials I’ve seen in a long time. I put it up on the shelf with last years ‘Jew’ by Ari Shaffir, and Dane Cook’s ‘Above it all’ two great recent specials that hit hard with laughs and took each of the comics to another level.
I have to say, Santino is just a midwestern fucker through and through. No matter how long he’s in Los Angeles the guy just smells like Chicago and the midwest. That’s why I think every comedian I’ve ever met that knows him loves the guy. He’s just a Chicago mook who’s talented as hell, has paid his dues, loves what he’s doing and has gotten really good at it. Cheeseburger is the by-product. Sit down, call up Netflix, hit the remote, watch it, have some big laughs. It’s that simple. You’re in good hands.
He also has two fantastic podcasts that happen to be two of my favorite podcasts. No shit. When I take road trips I listen to both of these religiously.
The one he does alone is ‘Whiskey Ginger’ which I love mainly because he’s a damn good interviewer, he gets his guests really relaxed and they get loose and talk real. You get to know his guest in a very cool way and learn a lot of interesting shit you normally would never know.
The other is ‘Bad Friends’, which he does with my pal Bobby Lee which is hysterical. It’s a train wreck waiting happen an hour or so at a time and it’s fucking fantastic. It could also be called ‘retards in a bottle’ because these two come off like two complete morons sometime and they’re so funny together. Some of the places they go together is just so silly, and so weird sometimes, but you also always feels the love and the deep care for the friendship. It’s really special. Check them both out. They’re really awesome.
Also, by the way, they’re taking Bad Friends on the road this spring so go out and see them both live. Get info on that here;
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