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Nothing special about Glover's stand-up

2 stars out of 4

  • Donald Glover in a scene from the film "Mystery Team."
Donald Glover in a scene from the film "Mystery Team." (Handout photo )
April 11, 2012|By Scott Bolohan, for RedEye

In an episode of "30 Rock," Tracy Jordan buys a necklace with "EGOT" engraved on it, the abbreviation for his life goals of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. If there was anyone who actually had a shot at achieving all these awards, it would be "Community" star and former "30 Rock writer Donald Glover and his rap alter ego Childish Gambino.

The release of "Weirdo" is Glover's attempt to conquer stand-up comedy. His brand of humor isn't the typical stereotype of comedian-as-tortured-soul who finds joy only from comedy. He falls into the new Aziz Ansari brand of comedy; he seems like an incredibly happy person and someone you immediately want to be friends with.

Like his rap name suggests, Glover is essentially a man-child and spends much of the album talking about his childhood, including topics such as sugary breakfast cereal, S'mores, and yes, an extended poop joke that his sincerity makes work. Even when he talks about more adult subjects like "making sex" he can't help but giggle.

Glover spends a good amount of time treading through the use of the n-word, too, but other than a bit about using the word on his iPhone, most of this topic has been done to death by countless others. None of this material is exactly controversial or hard-hitting, despite his apology at the beginning of the album to his "Community" fans.

That's not to say the album isn't enjoyable. Glover's charm is a large reason for his success. You want to like him, even if you aren't rolling on the floor at his jokes.

As far as his EGOT pursuit goes, that seems to be fine for Glover.

Scott Bolohan is a Redeye Special Contributor.

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