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Keith Thompson is one of those New York theater mainstays whose only reason for not already claiming a Tony Award is the simple, inopportune luck of the draw. His Kooky Tunes has been circulating the New York cabaret circuit since 1998 and, at last, it has been committed to a live recording that truly delivers on his lofty gifts for both scripting and composing. Brought to life by four charismatic performers—Jay Rogers, Perry Payne, Patrick DeGennaro, and Vanessa A. Jones—Kooky whisks listeners through a melange of comic tales and tunes, staying true to the central theme that individuality may sometimes be funny as hell, but it’s also endearing and the essence of humanity. Rogers, a tenor Harvey Fierstein, commands the funniest material, including the truck driver-profiling “Haulin’ Happiness” and R-rated “Dresser Drawer Blues.” Other shining moments: Payne’s sitcom-worthy Southern caricature Crystal Powers, Jones’ sexy, soulful “Gourmet Meal” and DeGennaro’s bravado finale “What If.” Kooky Tunes is a must-see, but it’s also quite a visual trip on CD. This might be the first standing ovation you’ve offered from your living room.—CT [Billboard]

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  1. Kooky Tunes – Company & Keith Thompson
  2. Kooky Tunes / Bows – Company
  3. Crystal Powers – Perry Payne
  4. Gourmet Meal – Vanessa A. Jones
  5. What If – Patrick DeGennaro
  6. Brand New Day – Vanessa A. Jones
  7. Shine, Shine, Shine – Perry Payne
  8. Sucker – Company
  9. Holiday Stories – Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
  10. Haulin’ Happiness (The Goo Goo Cluster Song) – Company & Jay Rogers
  11. Vegetable Medley – Jay Rogers, Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
  12. Hands On – Jay Rogers, Keith Thompson & Patrick DeGennaro
  13. I Sent My Baby a Telegram – Patrick DeGennaro
  14. Broccoli Head – Company & Jay Rogers
  15. It Just Ain’t Right – Company
  16. The Bigfoot Song – Perry Payne
  17. The Dresser Drawer Blues – Company
  18. Tabloid Trash – Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
  19. The Down and Dirty Delta Blues – Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
  20. Shaddup – Company
  21. I Got the Blues (Monologue) – Jay Rogers, Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
  22. A Fairy Outing – Jay Rogers, Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
  23. Yes, This Is My Real Voice – Jay Rogers, Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
  24. Hi… – Company & Jay Rogers
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1 Kooky Tunes - Company & Keith Thompson
2 Kooky Tunes / Bows - Company
3 Crystal Powers - Perry Payne
4 Gourmet Meal - Vanessa A. Jones
5 What If - Patrick DeGennaro
6 Brand New Day - Vanessa A. Jones
7 Shine, Shine, Shine - Perry Payne
8 Sucker - Company
9 Holiday Stories - Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
10 Haulin' Happiness (The Goo Goo Cluster Song) - Company & Jay Rogers
11 Vegetable Medley - Jay Rogers, Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
12 Hands On - Jay Rogers, Keith Thompson & Patrick DeGennaro
13 I Sent My Baby a Telegram - Patrick DeGennaro
14 Broccoli Head - Company & Jay Rogers
15 It Just Ain't Right - Company
16 The Bigfoot Song - Perry Payne
17 The Dresser Drawer Blues - Company
18 Tabloid Trash - Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
19 The Down and Dirty Delta Blues - Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
20 Shaddup - Company
21 I Got the Blues (Monologue) - Jay Rogers, Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
22 A Fairy Outing - Jay Rogers, Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
23 Yes, This Is My Real Voice - Jay Rogers, Patrick DeGennaro, Perry Payne & Vanessa A. Jones
24 Hi... - Company & Jay Rogers