I've known Keith Lowell Jensen as a friend and have seen him perform for about 14 years now. He's a thoughtful and smart comedian who's storytelling style has made him one of the most consistently funny comics working today. And I'm not saying this as a friend, but I'd put his writing up there with any of the big guys and girls out there.

I only drop the tenure of our friendship that I've been able to see him grow and improve throughout all of this. Long before I even considered becoming a comedian myself, I lived vicariously through Keith's struggles in this rewarding and often brutal business. I've seen him destroy small coffee shop crowds, and packed mega theaters. Last year I went to an event he headlined at a theater in Arcata, California and there was but 25 people in the place. He sat on a stool, threw his set list away, and just ad-libbed his way through a great one hour set that was apparently made up on the spot. Everyone there felt like they got an HBO special on the cheap.

Keith spent many years marketing himself as "Atheist Comedian: Keith Lowell Jensen" which may have alienated some potential narrow-minded and easily offended fans, but it helped him develop quite a following in that world, making him a favorite guest for events like Skepticon and other Godless circles. But years ago it seemed that he transitioned to simply "Comedian: Keith Lowell Jensen". Not that he dropped his Atheist material, but with albums like "Cats Made of Rabbits" and 2013's hilarious "Elf Orgy" (with a brilliantly funny extended take on Wendy and Richard Pini's "Elf Quest", he marketed to a much wider net and has increased his appeal dramatically.

His new release "Atheist Christmas" is his best yet. The CD/DVD combo is a hilarious piece of work that begins with the conflicted love he has for Christmas without being a Christian and includes great bits about reindeer poop candy and performing at Santa Claus' funeral. I won't spoil any of the material beyond that, but it's smart, hilarious, and rewarding to listen to. If you enjoy thoughtful comedy like George Carlin or Patton Oswald, you'll love this stuff. I hate to say this, as it's such a loaded topic, but currently horrible controversy aside, I really enjoy Keith's work much like I enjoyed listening to Bill Cosby's wonderful story-telling albums like "Wonderfulness" and "Why Is There Air?".

You can buy Keith's CD/DVD on iTunes, Amazon, and other places. And you should buy it! You should buy a bunch of them to give to every one you know. I'll also be performing with Keith on Dec 2nd at San Francisco's Punch Line and Dec 4th at the Sacramento Punch Line as a part of Keith's Ha Ha Heathens show featuring Keith, Johnny Taylor, Michael Patten, and Matt Lieb. Don't miss it. I hope to see you there.

Robert Berry