Martin's third LP rode high on the coattails of his early '80s fame, with the comic reactionary offering his quick-time cut-up response to a decade of overindulgence and supreme excess. And while Martin has been guilty of his own excesses, in comedy one can afford the largesse.
COMEDY IS NOT PRETTY is another all-around laughfest and a further glimpse into Martin's wild and wacky world. "The Love God," a routine honed to perfection on many episodes of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, is given full reign here; it's worth the price of admission alone. There are far too many salty bits to recount, but the goofiness factor and Martin's smarmy allure are reproduced to hilarious effect, even without visual aid. Martin is one of the few stand-up comedians whose physical antics manage to transcend the performance and somehow emerge on record. The end result is another classic chapter in stand-up that any self-respecting fan of the funnybone must own.