This part-sitcom, part musical series is one of the most original comedy shows on television. Rarely crude, sometimes bizarre and always quirky, it is a treat for anyone open to HBO's liberal censorship standards and something different. Although the two seasons of the show that aired on HBO have been available on DVD for some time, HBO Home Entertainment recently released a box set of the The Complete Collection, making this the ideal time to hop on board if you haven't taken flight with the Conchords already.
Flight of the Conchords
You can't really review this stuff because, with due respect to the director, there is little art in pointing a camera at a man on stage. Also, whether or not you think Slayton himself is funny is a matter of personal taste.
As with all observational humor, Slayton's comedy is likely to hit most people's funny bone at some point. Those moments may be few an far between, though, if you are offended by strong language and jokes about race, gender, marriage, sex, blondes and terrorism.
Slayton mocks his reputation as the so-called Pitbull of Comedy but it's well deserved. He's a classy dresser but his gravelly-voiced, motor-mouth delivery is aggressive and coarse. At one point he makes fun of the voices of Jewish
Television Rating: 3.0/5.0
Certainly, the premise of “The Green Room” is not new. Jon Favreau’s IFC series “Dinner for Five” was also an unscripted, round robin, celebrities-just-talking-for-30-minutes style of show. But while the success of “Dinner” hinged somewhat on the selection of guests on each episode, host Favreau was charismatic, a little cocky and, ultimately, interesting enough to make the show work most of the time, regardless of the cast.
Paul Provenza on The Green Room.
Photo credit: Cliff Lipson/Showtime
“The Green Room” is different. Paul Provenza, comedian and director of “The Aristocrats” hosts an ever-changing cast of celebrity comedians that come on to tell jokes or talk about their lives and careers,
HollywoodNews.com: Expect to see plenty of sparks fly on ‘The Green Room With Paul Provenza’ when the Showtime show hits the tube June 10. Among the verbal dustups filmed for the series are a heated political argument between Tommy Smothers and Penn Jillette, and a no-holds-barred conversational melee involving race with Rain Pryor, Bobby Slayton (Richard Pryor’s one-time writing partner), Paul Mooney and Australian comic Jim Jeffries.
‘Nobody is selling a DVD. It really, truly is like comedy jazz’with these greats riffing off each other,’ Provenza wants us to know. The idea for the show grew out of onstage gatherings of comics held by Provenza at the Edinburgh and Montreal comedy festivals. Putting such groups together for the cameras seemed like a natural — but not easy — idea.
‘I was very fortunate. I called a lot of people I knew personally and they came in.
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