Coming this Friday to 800 Pound Gorilla is a new comedy special, Adam Cayton-Holland: Wallpaper.
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Here is a little background on Cayton-Holland.
Adam Cayton-Holland is a national touring comic who has appeared on Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, Comedy Central Presents, The Late Late Show with James Corden, @midnight, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and more. He has been named one of Esquire magazine’s “25 Comics to Watch” and one of “10 Comics to Watch” by Variety.
Cayton-Holland is the founder of the High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver. He has performed at comedy festivals all over the world, as well as The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Adam’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, SPIN, The A.V. Club, The New York Times, Esquire and The Atlantic. His first book, Tragedy Plus Time was called, “inspiring, tragic, and at times heart-rendingly funny” by People magazine. He once threw out the opening pitch at a Colorado Rockies game and people have described him as “genial,” and “with decent teeth.”
His albums, I Don’t Know If I Happy, Backyards, Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits (voted one of Vulture’s Top Ten Albums of 2018), Semblance of Normalcy and Hot Takes are all available on iTunes. Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits is also available on vinyl through the record label Saddle Creek.
I am a huge fan of stand up comedy. My husband and I often go to a comedy club for our “date nights.” We also enjoy watching stand up comedians on television and YouTube.
I am not familiar with Adam Cayton-Holland. I’m always on the lookout for new comedians to follow.
Filled with tales of parenthood that arrive in Cayton-Holland’s unique style: laced in poetic language, chock-full of strange detail, and delivered with equal thoughtfulness and silliness, Wallpaper surpasses typical fatherhood material. Wrestling on stage with whether or not he wants to become a dad comedian at all, Adam is aware that his fans didn’t sign on for his take on Paw Patrol (“defund Paw Patrol” he proclaims bravely!). A surreal bit that closes the special hilariously recounts a long conversation Adam had with his 3-year old about his career and the comedy industry overall. In this very real conversation that definitely happened, Adam’s 3-year old discourages him from joining the “toxic masculinity podcast circle jerk” dominating the industry. Instead, his son encourages him to be proud of the performer he’s becoming, commending him for “writing what he knows.” Wallpaper showcases a comedian growing into a new kind of artist and person right before our eyes, hilariously, and vulnerably!
As a parent, even as a parent to adult children, I can totally relate to the things that Cayton-Holland talks about in his routine. Much of what he talks about is stuff that transcends the test of time.
Much of his content made me laugh out loud, such as his bit about the sound a giraffe makes and all the stuff that happens when he takes his son to preschool. And the TSA too.
Both my husband and I enjoyed this comedy show. Both men and women will appreciate the stuff that he talks about. Even if you are not a parent, you might recall some situations from your own childhood.
If you want to take some time from the stress of the holiday season, why not sit down with a cup of cocoa and watch content that will make you laugh and forget all about all the shopping and wrapping you need to do.
If you are interested in learning more about Cayton-Holland, his official website is AdamCaytonHolland.com. You can also find him on social media.
You can watch Adam Cayton-Holland: Wallpaper on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 800PoundGorillaMedia.com. Look for it elsewhere starting January 28, 2024.
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*I received a free screener link in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.