Stephen Lynch is a wickedly clever, musically talented, very adorably cute — oh, and absolutely demented — comedic musician based in New York. His songs poke fun at such topics as stalking, gerbiling (should that have one or two Ls?), hermaphrodism, gay friendships, the Special Olympics, mental illness, necrophilia and more! It’s the quite politically incorrect sort of thing that I should probably feel guilty about liking. Color me lowbrow for a cute guy with a sweet singing voice.
OK, so his web site sucks, and I mean like really, *really* sucks (yeah, yeah, look who’s talking and all that… but his is supposed to be a commercial web site, after all; mine’s just a more expensive version of a vanity plate). And he’s apparently straight. Maybe the two are related? Anyway, I forgive him both sins.
So… I caught just the last few minutes of his Comedy Central special months ago, and immediately went looking for his stuff. His mailing list announcements about his upcoming performances and the like sound and feel more like email from a real friend than from someone you saw on TV to whom you’re really just an address in a database. But I eat it up anyway.
So this evening he sends an email about a last-minute gig he got on NBC’s Late Friday show at 1:35am. I managed to catch it, but they only gave him five minutes, and he didn’t get to sing the complete versions of either of the two songs he performed (including one of my faves, “If I Were Gay…”). I was really bummed, because the opening act of the co-hosts and the comic following him were both really +boring +dumb -funny.
In his email he also reported that the half-hour Comedy Central special will be rebroadcast Friday, May 24 at 10:30pm Eastern and Pacific time. This time I’ve got to remember to tape it. He’s also got some northeast appearances the rest of this month, but nothing nearer DC than NYC, unfortunately.
[ADDENDUM 2003-04-23 09:26: I had read/heard that Stephen doesn’t want his lyrics published online, so I emailed to ask him about this. He emailed me back yesterday that he appreciated me asking, and that he would like to ask to have them removed. The lyrics are published in the CD notes, so it’s easy enough to get them by getting his CDs… which I highly recommend, as they’re very funny. So I’ve deleted the two comments that included lyrics, and will delete any future ones that include lyrics as well.]
[Note 01.21.2004: I’ve now closed the comments on this entry as it seems to be attracting a significant amount of spam comments I then have to clean up.]