Eddie Pepitone - A Great Stillness (black vinyl)
Eddie Pepitone, known to many as “The Bitter Buddha,” comes across like some powerful alchemist’s admixture of Doug Stanhope, Jamie Kilstein, and Lewis Black—or maybe it’s a cross between classic, sardonic Bill Hicks and modern, relatable René Hicks (minus the rollerskates). No matter how you try to define him, Pepitone’s already one step ahead: so deep into self-judgment that he can give a master lesson in heckling himself. A demonstration:
- Know your target.
- Reveal the embarrassing.
- Don’t be afraid to go off-topic.
- Doctor-patient confidentiality has nothing to do with comedy.
- Understand that doing a meta-bit in which you heckle yourself is the height of self-sabotage.
Pepitone is a master of aggressive tweeting and self-defense and can spot a gang member at 20 paces (the suits, ties, and smiles are the giveaway). The Norma Rae of porn unions and a mourner of the ascot, Pepitone says bluntly, “It’s all about pain here tonight. It all hurts, and it hurts a lot.” See, being an incarnation of the Buddha isn’t all smiles and sunshine: it’s truth. The truth of pain, the choice of suffering. And if you want to stave off suffering, one glorious CD and/or silky-smooth limited edition vinyl album full of directness, short-lived cause commitment (he, too, can be an ardent vegan for 20 minutes if he gets too bored on Netflix), and great Tweets from history might just be the thing.
- I Love to Tweet
- Porn Union Leader
- A Revolutionary
- Soggy Nachos
- Sleepy Time Tea
- At War with Myself
- Just an Average Guy
- Fresh Shirt
- The Heckler Part I
- The Heckler Part II