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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.
Prepare the comedy-loads to be blown, followed by a nap after each episode
'Dave's Old Porn' is a look into the ups and downs of the history in the adult entertainment industry and its products. The grooming-trends, the music, and the upholstery has all changed over time, and Dave Attell is here with a number of buddies in the entertainment biz to pick apart Attell's finds in his collection. You have to love the guests that come on here, and their candor in front of the camera is a welcomed treat. Dave is especially funny as a host with his retorts and imaginative back-stories for some of the videos and actors they start to watch. Something fresh about this show is that the guests are not merely on the show to plug (advertise) a show, a movie or something else they have been working on (much like a late night how on a network channel might do) so they keep attention to the porn movie Dave picks and where the conversation is going. He also brings back older porn "legends" for interviews and to view their classic movies they've been in, which is interesting, especially when they don't care for Dave talking over their scenes or when they hit on other guests.
It should be noted that Attell put up his own money to produce and promote the show, which is admirable and takes a lot of guts to commit to. Certain elements of the show, however, look cheap and a tad over- used from shows on TruTV like "America's Dumbest." The censor-choices are in particular pretty annoying to me (who wants to see a couch with them talking on it fly up and down as it acts like a censor for a guy's junk, only to explode with digital VHS tape-graphics time and time again?). Dave seems a little too comfortable at times to the point of balancing his look as a pervy uncle with his look of being an extreme narcoleptic. Maybe it's how comfortable he is, I dunno. Also why is he sitting on a pillow in a number of these episodes? Strange choices.
I highly enjoyed the funny commentaries throughout the show and the addition of these great guests is another reason to watch, but I can't help but feel that this entire series feels like a number of YouTube videos strung together and a bit forgettable after they end. The production feels like an updated cable access show for the 2000's with slightly better video tech to punch up the comedic effects in the various videos they watch. As of Feb 2013, it has become known that they were not renewed for a third season, but I hope Dave continues to do the show elsewhere on the internet because it's still a great watch with great comedy and great guests.
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