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Okay, I laughed a few times. Overall, however, I did not enjoy this film. It is basically a stand-up film (Think Blue Collar Comedy Tour or Eddie Murphy's Raw) with sketches and skits thrown in between the stand up monologues. The problem is that it just isn't that funny. In fact, the stand up routines that only lasted a minute or two in The Singles Ward were a lot funnier and showed LDS humor in a better light. I did like the way one comedian started off his routine as if it was an LDS sacrament talk, but when he finished that bit, he just seemed to trail off to nowhere. The Apple Brothers, part of the between stand-ups comedy relief, were an old joke that got really lame and stupid as time went on (not even my children laughed at them). For good LDS humor, stay with The Singles Ward.
I would have to disagree a little. True, the Apples Brothers got a little too SNL for the live audience, but the comedians were really good. It was an ultra clean comedy for an ultra clean crowd. I really enjoyed it. I liked all of them, but Adam Johnson's bit on dating himself is one of the funniest things I've ever heard and the last two, Dave and Michael B were really funny too. And the first comedian, Shawn started it out with a talk and I agree that was really funny. And the second, Jeff, was like filling your insides with adrenaline. Very funny guys. I like it because there's a comedian for every style in there. My Grandparents loved Jeff, my kids loved Jeff and Michael B, and my girlfriend loved Shawn, and most of my friends and myself loved Adam, Dave and Michael B. Good stuff. If you're looking for squeaky clean and you're from Utah, it's the one for you. And if you're not so clean, it's still funny.
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I've never been a fan of stand-up comedy. I see it occasionally on TV and I keep thinking that it's only funny if you're drunk (which I've never been). I had great hopes for "It's Latter-Day Night! Live Comedy" so I bought it for my son, who loves stand-up comedy. Boy, was I disappointed. You still need to be drunk to think it's funny. I agree with the other poster, the stand-up comedy in "Singles Ward" was much funnier. The routine that started off like a sacrament meeting talk was kind of funny, but it was the only thing close to funny. Another comedian took off his shirt. What on earth made him think we want to see his body? And the guys in between stand-up routines with the sacks over their heads? Whose IQ were they aiming at? That's the kind of stupid "comedy" routine that children would make up. It was NOT funny. Assuming that most of the audience for this particular show were not drinking, I wonder what it was they were laughing at? Certainly not the routines on stage!
I watched a copy of this while going through a difficult time in my
life. It lifted my spirits and provided answers to some issues I was
struggling with. It's strange how a seemingly innocuous comedy can
really hit you between the eyes in a good way.
Keep in mind that I have seen a TON of comedies, so I consider myself an expert.
I felt that John Ritter was so honest as a parent trying to adopt. The little boy was devilish, but still had some good in him. All in all, the film wasn't preachy, just warm and good natured, and JUST what the world needs. Thank you, Problem Child, thank you.
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