Jay & Ey­tan

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JAY & EY­TAN: all GROWED up (Com­edy Records). com­e­dyrecords.ca. Rat­ing: nnnn

Lo­cal lads Jay & Ey­tan, aka Jay Wells L’Ecuyer and Ey­tan Mill­stone, achieved vi­ral videodom a few years ago for their en­dear­ing yet ob­nox­ious Catholic boys’ school rap­per wannabe al­ter egos Rick and Chuck. The two have since moved to Brook­lyn and, as the ti­tle of their ex­cel­lent new sketch al­bum makes clear, they’re All Growed Up. Thank­fully, their com­edy has kept its edge.

The duo are es­pe­cially good at send­ing up the new dig­i­tal uni­verse. A sketch called Uber Pool is a hi­lar­i­ous two-and-a-half minute bit about an app that gets you a taxi ride and pos­si­bly gets you laid by pair­ing you up with strangers. In In­sta­gram, an artist re­con­sid­ers open­ing a so­cial me­dia ac­count when douchy bros tell her how to make her pics into sexy self­ies to gain fol­low­ers. And the al­bum’s clever closer shows what hap­pens when your GSP com­puter voice gives you at­ti­tude.

The writ­ing and pro­duc­tion values are sharp through­out. In You Wanna Take This Out­side? two guys ar­gue at a party and de­cide to fight out­doors. What fol­lows – an el­e­va­tor ride, small talk about their kids, bond­ing over a hot teacher – is bril­liantly un­ex­pected, with each sound ef­fect and banal state­ment ring­ing true. Sex is a big theme on the al­bum, from the sketch about a guy who gets turned on dur­ing a laser hair re­moval ses­sion to one in which a hill­billy re­quests some Planet Earth sex tapes from David At­ten­bor­ough. A one-minute sketch about a man who’s into be­ing in­fan­tilized shouldn’t work but does. Th­ese – and an ab­surd bit about a guy ob­sessed with the tag to the song Happy Birth­day – more than make up for the less suc­cess­ful tracks about ra­dio ma­gi­cians, UFC con­tes­tants and ob­scure movie scenes.

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