Paul F. Tompkins, LABORING UNDER DELUSIONS: LIVE IN BROOKLYN (aspecialthing records)
Inside flimsy, smudgy packaging (Boo!) lie tales of toiling in numerous jobs, from selling hats to stealing videotapes to acting for Paul Thomas Anderson. Tompkins is comedy’s reigning poet, his brilliant usage of vocabulary delivered with impeccable timing. Even his “Riff Suites” are better than most comedians’ written material.