Review: Kat Radley's crafty jokes kill on debut comedy album
Kat Radley

With her debut album, The Important Thing Is That I'm Pretty, Kat Radley reveals herself to be a clever comedian with a penchant for potty humor. This technique may leave her in the lurch when it comes to her relationships with men – as she shares late in the album – but it proves to generate big laughs throughout her new release.

Online dating, texting typos and Craigslist mishaps are a few of the topics that Radley uses to showcase her unique brand of self-deprecating humor. The bulk of the album draws the funny out of Radley's previous career as a teacher, finding laughs in everything from the humbling experience of having an attractive substitute teacher to the creative liberties that parents take when naming their children. Her own family also proved to be a fruitful place to harvest jokes as she shared what it means to be “a good granddaughter” and how her father help protect her from online predators.

Throughout The Important Thing Is That I'm Pretty, Radley impresses with well-written jokes that apply crafty misdirection that leads to unexpected and satisfying punchlines. This versatility keeps listeners hanging on her every word as jokes can be found at each turn, even in the moments when Radley speaks under her breath. Her bit inspired by the poor electrical upkeep of a David's Bridal sign is laugh out loud funny, as heard by the huge guffaws produced by the live crowd. Radley often played off of the audience's energy on the recording. Whether they were responding with chuckles or silence, she always had a quip at the ready to build on a bit.

Character work is kept to a minimum, but Radley does have a few impressive impressions in her back pocket. Drunk girls – perhaps inspired by personal experience – and a sexually active wordsmith are a few of the funniest portrayals from the album.

Radley first cut her comedy teeth as a contestant in Rooftop Comedy's National College Comedy Competition. She has since went on to perform at several major comedy festivals including Out of Bounds, Laughing Skull and the Aspen Comedy Festival. Although, The Important Thing Is That I'm Pretty, is Radley's first release, she has the poised delivery of a seasoned veteran. She is definitely a comedian to keep an eye on in the future.

Check out a clip of some of Radley's stand-up highlights above and click here to pick-up a copy of The Important Thing Is That I'm Pretty via Uproar Entertainment. Keep reading AXS for more comedy news, reviews and tour announcements.