Comedian Aziz Ansari presents his highly anticipated, hour-long debut stand-up special. The critically acclaimed stand-up and actor (Parks and Recreation, Funny People) discusses topics ... See full summary »
Sara Von Gillern
Following his acclaimed debut special Completely Serious, Daniel, host of Comedy Central's hit show Tosh.0, headed to San Francisco to take on pop culture, sports, religion and politics in his latest stand-up special.
Comedy's chosen one, Daniel Tosh, has been healing the sick, stopping wars, helping underprivileged children... and filming Completely Serious, the single greatest hour in comedy. What have... See full summary »
Jim Gaffigan does it again with his new stand-up Mr. Universe. Gaffigan jumps from topic to topic joking around with a varied number of topics. Some of the topics included are McDonalds, family, Disney World, and much more.
In his fourth (and GRAMMY-nominated) full-length special, Patton Oswalt covers a range of topics from how hipsters make the Spam museum sad to the greatness of sweatpants and revisits his attack on KFC Famous Bowls.
The critically-acclaimed comedian, actor, writer, and voice of Remy the Rat (the Oscar-winning Ratatouille) takes time out from his many film and television outings to return to the comedy stage for his fourth stand-up special.
This DVD is a recording of the show Patton Oswalt performed in Athens, Georgia. It's a version of his Werewolves and Lollipops show, second solo album (also available on CD), and he ranges ... See full summary »
Jim Gaffigan bursts back on the scene with this eagerly anticipated fourth comedy special. Dubbed the "King of Clean Comedy" by The Wall Street Journal, Jim's obsession with all things food... See full summary »
In "Complaints & Grievances," George Carlin's 12th HBO comedy special, taped at the Beacon Theater in New York on November 17, 2001 (ten weeks after 9/11), Carlin casts his usual jaundiced ... See full summary »
Stand up comedy is about as subjective as it gets in entertainment. Certain performers who could be accurately described as half talents are raking in millions with really dumb routines, while the more intelligent voices have to take a somewhat different journey to become well known. Over the last fifty years, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Hicks and others laid the track down for gutsier commentary on just about all subjects in society. The idea comedy should be relevant and not threatening to the psyche of some hypothetical five year old who might listen to or watch entertainment that isn't intended for their young minds is one big obstacle that execs like to use (something Carlin's classic bits, especially "Seven Dirty Words", were integral in), explaining why material for adults is not always presented in a firmly mature context and not interfered with.
Patton Oswalt is best known from "The King Of Queens" and as one of the original "MadTV" writers (and now "Big Fan", a film I'm dying to see, but hasn't been released in any theatres near me!). In this terrific disc, he's on fire, searing all the things which annoy him so much. If there are better comics working today, they can't number too many (maybe Chris Rock and Dave Atell, if we're considering only North American talent). Oswalt blows away his targets like an expert skeet shooter. I'd love to see Patton team up with Henry Rollins for a much more down to earth kind of news broadcast that they could co-anchor together.
"I want a famous face!", he cries out in mock despair near the beginning, elaborating on how some poor souls think looking like a celebrity is the answer to their life's problems. And the desperation of modern humans gives Mr. O endless material for satire (there's a shorter, almost equally good television spot from an earlier point in his career as a special feature). Friends sobering up, the art and science of titling films, sneaky e-mail strategies, open mike night memories, what makes a woman truly "crazy" as opposed to just movie style "nuts" and decoding 1980s dude imagery in music videos...they're all here and more.
My only reason to complain is that this amazing concert has to come to an end!
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