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Entertainment Review - AVClub

AVClub: Neil Hamburger, the stand-up comedian created and played by Gregg Turkington, is designed to repel. For two decades, Turkington has been perfecting every deliberately off-putting detail: the halting, abortive delivery; the moist mop of hair, drenched in flop sweat; the constant throat-clearing, the punctuating of crass punch-lines with a glob of nervous phlegm. And that’s to say nothing of the jokes themselves, the nasty question-and-answer celebrity zingers. (Sample gag: “What do you get when you cross Sir Elton John with a saber-toothed tiger? I don’t know, but you better keep it away from your ass.”) Of course, by now, Turkington has released enough albums and made enough talk-show appearances to have earned a loyal following among comedy nerds hip to his shtick; those who actually go to a Neil Hamburger show know what to expect. They’re in on the joke.

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