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Halfway through If These Balls Could Talk (which, incidentally, is probably the most aptly-titled comedy album of the year), Louis Katz offers an apology: “I’m sorry I talk about sex so much.” It is a lie. He is not sorry, not even slightly. And if you’re in the mood for a delightfully irreverent trip straight into the gutter, you won’t be sorry, either.

Katz maintains a fast and self-assured delivery throughout the entire album. Even without visuals, you can feel his confidence onstage as he covers everything from the humble platypus (“the pre-op transvestite of the animal kingdom’) to vegans (“People who won’t eat anything that is made by or with flavor”) to the smell of a homeless person, which he describes with the same eloquent language usually reserved for a fine wine.

But the bulk of the album addresses Katz’s obsession with all things carnal. You’ll learn about his threesome with two fat women, the various things he likes to do with other people’s feet, and the pros and cons of his small hands – “terrible for fixing stuff, but great for fisting.” He knows that he goes too far sometimes, and he’s happy to go there. On the few occasions the audience groans, Katz typically laughs. “I like that sound,” he says at one point. “It’s gonna get worse.”

His audience never deserts him, though, because Katz weaves in the perfect amount of self-deprecating humor– such as, why he doesn’t want to find a woman anything like himself: “I’m not trying to double all these genes. How much shorter and blinder could our kids possibly get? I’m going to hook up with some other short, nearsighted chick? We’re not going to have kids, we’re gonna have a bunch of freaky little mole babies. They’ll keep burrowing up the yard, lowering the property value.”

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So at this point in the review, I’m supposed to tell you all the things I didn’t like, but I really don’t have much to say in that department. There are a few unoriginal jokes and a couple too-long pauses. But I’m really just grasping at straws. If These Balls Could Talk is a consistently excellent offering. Get it. Katz might take you someplace you weren’t prepared to go, but you’ll be glad that he did. - LaughSpin


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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Louis’s comedy career began at the incredibly early age of 9 when as part of a school project he submitted several jokes to “The Tonight Show,” two of which were read on air by Johnny Carson. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he began performing stand-up throughout the Bay Area and quickly made a name for himself. He is now a professional comedian based in New York who can be seen at clubs and colleges across the country.

Louis has performed at the Montreal “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival, the Atlanta “Laffapalooza” Comedy Festival, the Amsterdam “Toomler International” Comedy Festival and the Vancouver Comedy Festival. He has appeared on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” Jamie Foxx’s “America’s Funniest Comics,” and HBO’s “Down & Dirty w/Jim Norton.” His half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” special airs in early 2011, coinciding with the release of his debut comedy album, “If These Balls Could Talk,” on Comedy Central Records.

Louis also produced a series of short films for Adult Swim’s superdeluxe.com, which can now be seen at youtube.com/louiskatzcomedy.