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DVD Review: Andy Kindler’s ‘I Wish I Was Bitter’

DVD Review: Andy Kindler’s ‘I Wish I Was Bitter’ by Caleb Bacon
Andy Kindler, He Am Bitter? | Photo By Susan Maljan / used with permission
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Andy Kindler isn’t your typical stand-up comic. That’s a good thing.

Leave it to the New York-born/Los Angeles-resident to record a stand-up comedy concert that turns out to be a period piece. The ultra-witty comedian’s new DVD, “I Wish I Was Bitter” (grammatically suspect, he knows,) was recorded in 2003 at the M-Bar in Hollywood. It’s a wonderful look back at a time when our nation had a funny-talking Caucasian President, straight guys benefited from queer eyes, and, while, Jay Leno was making millions laugh, Kindler wasn’t one of them. (Shocker: He still doesn’t find Leno funny.)

If some of the 47-minute show’s earlier-this-millennium references are lost on you, the DVD contains a glossary of 2003 terms. For example, a refresher on “Crank Yankers”: ”Puppets and phony phone calls have never been funny. Combining them was a stroke of genius.”