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Denis Leary: Lock 'N Load (1997)

Actor/comic Denis Leary discusses family life, coffee, religion, and other topics in this stand-up special.





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Actor/comic Denis Leary discusses family life, coffee, religion, and other topics in this stand-up special.

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Rated R for pervasive language, drug and sex-related humor | See all certifications »




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15 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Ensam på scen: Denis Leary  »

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In contrast to "No Cure For Cancer", where he was almost never seen without a lit cigarette in his hand, Denis smoked only one cigarette during this show. See more »


Denis: I know I'll never have a weight problem, you know why? First morning I wake up and can't see my dick? I STOP EATING!
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The Virgin Mary appears after the credits, saying "Go to bed!". See more »


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Funny and with a good flowing structure
10 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

A few weeks ago I watched Denis Leary's famous No Cure for Cancer show and I didn't think it was as brilliant as many had said. Regardless though, I came back for Lock 'N Load because I had enjoyed it enough for Leary to see more. What I found was a much funnier show with a lot more structure and flow to it. In No Cure, Leary had tried to put his anger into specific subjects in a way that Bill Hicks did (and, with some jokes, in EXACTLY the way Hicks did!) and I didn't think he pulled it off. With Lock 'N Load though he seems a lot happier with his material as he covers more ground and seems to be keeping it more meaningful to him. OK so this means that he is not as political but it does mean he is funnier, has a more varied delivery and doesn't get accused of "borrowing" material from others.

Coffee, kids, modern youth and other subjects all get discussed – and "discussed" is a key word for me. Leary does not just get angry here, but rather talks on subjects where his anger and ranting comes out in a way that makes sense within what he is doing. Before I think he confused being an "angry comedian" with just shouting and ranting and thus that was what he did from the start and throughout. With the air of unprovoked aggression watered down a little, I found it easier to enjoy and get into as a show and it was stronger as a result. His observations may be extreme at times but mostly it rights true and most viewers will relate to him – something he didn't really pull off by being on the attack from the first second of other shows. The songs and asides are not as good as the stand-up material though and it is a shame that they are split as equals. A couple of the songs are very clever and funny but not all of them – it would have been better if these had been kept to a strong minimum and let the stand-up show be the majority.

As it is though, the show is still fresh and funny. Leary has cut back on the "anger for anger's sake" and is better for it as he rails against things that get to him – whether it be religion or his own family. The end result is a show that is a lot more enjoyable and lively that some of his earlier shows as this has a good flow and structure to it.

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