"Sorry, this is the persona with which I'm forced to continue," Canadian comic David Heti says about 10 minutes into It Was Ok, his deftly subversive first stand-up album. Heti's humour is nihilistic and death-dark. If you can't stomach (or understand) the persona, you'll probably hate it—and him. But for those who do, It Was Ok makes for a twisted and original listen.
 
Over the course of his album's 50-minute runtime, Heti scurries from taboo to taboo, which might make you wonder if you should actually be laughing at what he's saying. It's not easy material, but there's the impression that it's all a parody—albeit one that treads a hair-thin line—of the sorts of crueler, macho-er stand-ups who really would use this subject matter for gags. (Which, of course, he does.) The measured, almost gentle voice with which Heti delivers each of his jokes makes for a jarring contrast to his bleak subject matter.
 
And while it can't be said that he's the butt of his meanest material, Heti reserves plenty of hate for himself. Self-deprecation is a key theme throughout It Was Ok, from the album's not-so-impressed-with-itself title, to Heti's admission that he hates doing stand-up, to the general tone of personal belittlement. Nothing is above comedic flagellation—including Heti himself—which is all part of this album's weird sense of messed-up glee.

 
Here’s a link to the album page of Heti’s website, which contains a snippet, some review quotes, and, of course, a link to where you can purchase audio and video of the album for 10 clams. The album is also available (in audio only) on iTunes.