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The British prisoner exchange programme brings long term Tennessee based
prisoner Otis Lee Crenshaw to England to experience life as it is at Her
Majesty's pleasure. The man, who was so poor as a child that his parents
put blue tarpaulin in the back yard to make pilots think they had a pool,
sings various country and western songs on various subjects including jail,
love, broken hearts and the adventures of office managers.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to see Rich Hall's creation twice on
separate tours one a mix of stand up and Otis, the other all Otis. On
both occasions I have been rolling in the aisles with his wit and
imagination. Most of his stuff is scripted (with slight changes left to
adapt to the particular audience he is playing to) but it still plays very
Opening with a song about the lack of love in the life of a young bank clerk
in the front row (`you've got 3 diamonds on your shirt, but no heart'), Otis
pretty much stays with the subject of love and issues of the heart for most
of his songs. It is all hilariously funny but it did make me wish that he
had done some faster songs which he did in the shows I had seen I don't
know if these had been cut out of the DVD as the DVD was filmed on one of
the tours I had seen. Faster examples include the song on the importance of
spelling `Incest Boy' (`he had a face only a mother could love'), and `Rodeo
Rider from the Shetland Islands' (`he looked like a midget trying to f**k a
football'). That said, these songs are still very funny but the style is
too much the same.
Of course, Hall is excellent as his character. In-between songs, his
audience interaction seems very natural and fresh (even if he does it every
night). At one point a member of the audience showboats (spoiling the song
a little) but for the most part Hall is in total control and he looks to be
enjoying it. The inspired lyrics to many of his songs are very funny. I'll
be the first to admit that it is much more fun to be sitting in a crowd of a
few hundred in a comedy club than at home with the DVD, but it still works
very well on the little screen.
Overall this is a very funny DVD, although it doesn't quite represent the
best of Rich Hall. The songs are very funny but, those who have seen him
live may be left wondering where 4 or 5 usual songs have vanished to. Well
worth seeing, Crenshaw is a great character and he delivers a very good
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