“I don’t know that I answer the question so much as acknowledge that the question is there," writer Yael Kohen, whose new book, We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy hits bookstore shelves today. "It’s a provocative question. People will continue to ask it.”(2)
In both his comedy and his writing, Hill masters this kind of arrested-development schtick. A recurring theme is an excessive preoccupation with sex. One of the best blurbs on Tasteful Nudes comes from fellow-comedian Chris Elliot: "Not only did Tasteful Nudes take me on an emotional journey through the seedy underbelly of Dave Hill’s life, but it also introduced me to a whole new slew of colorful and imaginative euphemisms for my pud." Like the best comedy, it can be unsettling, and it works because it contrasts so perfectly with the aura of unironic sweetness that Hill can't help projecting.