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Howard Kremer and Zooey Deschanel as Zooey choose her summer gum in a Funny Or Die video.
Comedian Howard Kremer is capitalizing on the viral success of his summer enthusiasm (excuse me — as Kremer puts it, "summah") with an entire album of summah songs. Kremer's also known as Dragon Boy Suede, his comedy rap nom de plume, so returning to music from his popular summer-positive comedy bit is a logical step.
The album pulls from a variety of summer sounds with a product that sounds like a mix of Jimmy Buffett and... the Baha Men? And I don't mean that as a slight. Sure, it sounds like it's been produced on GarageBand, but this album accomplishes its mission: Super fun summer music. My personal favorite track: the longing of "Lord Don't Take Me In Spring."
To give a little backstory, Kremer's summah love began with a bit he did at popular L.A. comedy show Comedy Death Ray (now Comedy Bang Bang) at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre:
That inspired a full-blown Funny Or Die feature including the adorkable Zooey Deschanel, a whole year ahead of "New Girl" in the summer of 2010:
You can also go see Kremer live here in L.A. for the third annual Summahfest! A celebration of all things summah! It features standard summer fun activities like hula hoops and snacks, plus comedy and live music. It's in the NerdMelt Theater at Meltdown Comics on July 28; tickets are free, but you need to RSVP.
You can pick up Kremer's album at — where else — HaveASummah.com. It's only 5 dollars as Kremer follows the trend of releasing his own material, much like comedians Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan have done with more traditional comedy albums.
I'm currently in the midst of choosing my summer gum. Got it narrowed down to 5 React or Extra sugarfree bubble gum.
You can preview the entire album here: