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    Key & Peele: Seasons One & Two (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 30th, 2014

    It’s been quite some time since The Chappelle Show went off the air, and it would appear Comedy Central has finally found its replacement.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say the two shows are on the same par, but what Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele bring to the small screen is something that has piqued my interest and shows some potential.  Both Key and Peele got their big break from working on the sketch comedy show MADtv, and it would seem they are taking their talents and what they learned to bring us something that is a little familiar but still fresh and keeps its audience laughing
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    Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 5th, 2013

    The fact that Kumail Nanjiani decided to call his first Comedy Central special Beta Male immediately gives you a sense of his self-deprecating style. Fortunately, the ability to laugh at himself is merely one of many comedic gifts this on-the-rise comic possesses. This consistently funny, frequently hilarious hour-long set — filmed in Austin’s Moody Theater — touches on a wide range of topics, including his Muslim upbringing, cats disguised as pizza delivery men, and outdated rollercoasters.
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    Workaholics – Season Three (Blu Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on June 25th, 2013

    Every generation since “X” has lionized its slackers and frat boys with films (perhaps earlier if you look to Animal House as the beginning). Workaholics dances between this honouring of the stoner/slacker lifestyle and satirizing it. This show’s third season is just like the previous two. Three best friends, Adam, Anders and Blake, spend their work days with pranks, pot and parties on their minds, and each episode showcases their adventures therein.
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    Chris Hardwick – Mandroid

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on January 19th, 2013

    Chris Hardwick is a card carrying, flag-waving nerd. He is very proud of said nerdiness and has devoted the lion’s share of his career expressing this. Probably best known for his various hosting duties, especially for the Nerdist podcasts, Hardwick gets to display his stand-up chops in his first, full-length DVD special and he does not disappoint.
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    Anthony Jeselnik – Caligula

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on January 12th, 2013

    Probably most known for his roasts on Comedy Central, Anthony Jeselnik offers an hour (included the many long pauses) of stand-up comedy that is 100% bad taste. Dark humour and a huge ego are Jeselnik’s shtick so you have absolutely every reason to walk away from this…except you might actually catching yourself laughing.
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    Tosh.O – Deep V’s

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 19th, 2012

    The debut season of this Comedy Central program was entitled “Hoodies” on it’s DVD and Blu Ray release. Season 2 is called “Deep V’s” in honour of the garment Daniel Tosh, the host, wears in each episode. Very little is different as far as format or new segments are concernced since the last time I wrote about this show (http://upcomingdiscs.com/2012/06/05/tosh-o-hoodies-blu-ray/). To avoid redundancy I shall simply add to that review with a couple new relevant points for this season.
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    “31 Nights of Terror” Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 13th, 2012

    “I thought this was a family show.”

    “Well, it depends on your family.”

    Quick, who is the highest-grossing stand-up comic in America? Well, if you follow the live comedy scene — or you can’t help but notice you’re reading a review for one of his shows — you probably know the answer is Jeff Dunham. The man has single-handedly made ventriloquism cool again. (Pause.) Well he’s made it astoundingly lucrative, anyway.
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    Key & Peele: Season One (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on October 2nd, 2012

    It’s been quite some time since The Chappelle Show went off the air, and it would appear Comedy Central has finally found its replacement.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say the two shows are on the same par, but what Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele bring to the small screen is something that has peaked my interest and shows some potential.  Both Key and Peele got their big breaks from working on the sketch comedy show MADtv, and it would seem they are taking their talents and what they learned to bring us something that is a little familiar but still fresh, and keeps its audience laughing.
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    Todd Barry: Super Crazy

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on August 13th, 2012

    Stand-up comedy almost always puts me in a good mood. Even when it is bad, it can be unintentionally good and what is good can often be spectacular. Needless to say, I always am on the lookout for new comics or comics that I have overlooked. Today, we get to take a look at Todd Barry, a man who has been in standup for about 15-20 years. Yes, I believe I have completely missed this one.
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    Workaholics: Seasons 1 & 2 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on June 11th, 2012

    “Ugh. How many times do I have to explain this to you? If you see the neighbor’s house getting broken into, it’s probably Karl high out of his mind thinking he’s locked out of our house.”

    When it comes to office based slacker comedies, Mike Judge’s Office Space still sets the gold standard. Workaholics wishes it could be as quotable and timeless as Office Space, but settles for goofy, instantly forgettable juvenile ramblings suitable for a stoner’s short term memory. Much like the boy’s prank of choice, involving a dollar bill wrapped around poop, Workaholics looks good on the surface, but is pretty much the same old crap underneath.
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    Tosh.O – Hoodies (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on June 5th, 2012

    YouTube had all but killed off the idea of mailing silly home videos to the likes of America’s Funniest Home Videos. These days, people prefer to stream dozens of videos on their computers and save themselves from the watered down jokes of Bob Saget or current host Tom Bergeron. Tosh.O takes a similar format of displaying such silly videos, but focuses on things that have gone “viral” online. Like AFHV, Tosh.O adds their own commentary and sketches to the presentation but in a much more crass, cable-savvy manner.
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    Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand-Up Revolution

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 18th, 2011

    “It finally happened – Comedy Central messed up and gave me a show.”

    I have to admit that I had not heard about Gabriel Iglesias before I saw a recent Blu-ray concert film. Gabriel is a rather rotund comic. For him, it’s not a liability at all. Honestly, he’s turned it into a cash cow, of sorts. It’s a huge, pun intended, part of his routine. In fact, to understand his nickname “Fluffy” you have to be clued into one of his signature routines. He identifies six levels of obesity.
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    “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! The Alpocalypse Tour

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 9th, 2011

    The king of the parodies has been consistent in the studio, in videos and on stage for nearly 3 decades. This DVD allows him to prove the latter. Though various costume changes and instrument shifts, Al and his longtime band mates delight a packed Massey Hall in Toronto.
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    Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on September 21st, 2011

    If left to my own devices, I would probably have dismissed Jeff Dunham as nothing more than a novelty act. He’s a ventriloquist and most of their profession relies on the fact that they can throw their voice and perform various parlor tricks with their dummies. However, my wife and others have turned me on to the fact that Jeff is more than a novelty act. He’s a comedian and a darn good one at that. He just happens to employ characters (certainly not dummies) to help him.
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    Childrens Hospital: Complete First and Second Seasons

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on May 28th, 2011

    One could say that I watch a healthy dose of Adult Swim. My favorites are Robot Chicken and the Venture Bros but I usually find that I can enjoy just about any of the shows given a few episodes and the inability to change channels. Seriously, the Adult Swim block on Cartoon Network produces quality television and stuff you won’t find anywhere else. Childrens Hospital is one such show that explores the lighter side of medicine. As long as there aren’t any clowns in this, we should be okay.

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    Patrice O’Neal: Elephant in the Room

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on April 8th, 2011

    Saying there is an “elephant in the room” often means someone is ignoring some enormously obvious truth. To say that Patrice O’Neal can be ignored is foolish…and to say that he speaks the truth…well, you’d have to be pretty jaded to take this man seriously when he flips one PC view of the relationships between men and women on their heads.
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    Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on March 22nd, 2011

    I have a penchant lately for reviewing stand up comedians. This is mostly a good thing. After all, stand up specials aren’t usually that long, have few extras and will hopefully provoke a laugh from yours truly. But lately, it seems that the comedians I get to review aren’t really that funny. Hopefully that trend changes with Daniel Tosh, star of the tv show Tosh.O. Heck, I wasn’t even aware he did stand-up. Well, here goes nothing.
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    Eddie Griffin: You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on February 9th, 2011

    One of the most underappreciated films in my opinion in the last ten years is Undercover Brother. Stop looking at me strangely! Seriously, it was a very funny movie. It was because of one man and I don’t mean Neil Patrick Harris (though he was hilarious). That man would be Eddie Griffin
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    Louis C.K. : Hilarious

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on January 23rd, 2011

    If one were to look at my media collection, one would probably assume in advance that I have a lot of stand-up comedians. On the contrary, I have only a few stand-up discs because I tend to be critical of their replay value. I have the classics such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, George Carlin as well as a couple of more recent acts such as Joe Rogan and Lewis Black. However, my curiosity was peaked when I heard about Louis C.K. He has been called the George Carlin of today, a very tall order. Well here is hoping that he lives up to most recent special: Hilarious.
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    Denis Leary & Friends Presents: Douchebags and Donuts

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on January 20th, 2011

    Denis Leary and Friends presents: Douchebags and Donuts includes stand up sets from Adam Ferrara, Lenny Clarke, Whitney Cummings and Denis Leary. Also, there are musical performances by The Enablers featuring the Rehab Horns.  All proceeds from this event (as well as portions of the DVD sales) went/go to Denis Leary’s charity, The Leary Firefighters Foundation.
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    Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on January 18th, 2011

    Written by Diane Tillis

    You know him from Baywatch, Knight Rider, and America’s Got Talent. After nearly four decades in the entertainment business, David Hasselhoff created quite a name for his career as a pop icon. Now at a point in his dwindling career, Hasselhoff takes the plunge to be the center of attention at a Comedy Central Roast production. The man of a thousand voices, Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), hosts the production.
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    Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 11th, 2011

    I have to admit that I had not heard about Gabriel Iglesias before I got this Blu-ray concert film in the mail. From the first look at the cover you notice the obvious. Gabriel is a rather rotund comic. For him, it’s not a liability at all. Honestly, he’s turned it into a cash cow, of sorts. It’s a huge, pun intended, part of his routine. In fact, to understand the titles of the release you have to be clued into one of his signature routines. He identifies six levels of obesity. They range from Big, Healthy, Husky, Fluffy, Damn, and the latest level Oh Hell No.
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    Back From Hell: A Tribute to Sam Kinison

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on November 22nd, 2010

    Dear Faithful Readers, Due to the nature of Sam Kinison’s work on stage and off stage, this review may contain foul but funny humor, bad but heeeeelarious language, and not so politically correct (but correctly off the wall) jokes. Please be aware before you continue to read. Yours Always, Noms
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    Bo Burnham: Words Words Words

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 21st, 2010

    Bo Burnham is one of those very young up-and-coming comedians that will either turn you completely off or make you very happy that you made his acquaintance. I think I’m one of those rare folks who finds himself in the middle after watching this hour-long performance.
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    Broken Lizard: Stands Up

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on September 23rd, 2010

    Written by Diane Tillis

    Broken Lizard is the comedy group composed of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. I recognized the group as the minds behind the films Super Troopers (2002) and Beerfest (2006). They decided to return to their comedic roots and go on tour in this DVD comedic show at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, California. The five men would take turns to perform a solo sketch. It allowed the audience to distinguish them as individuals.
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