Movie: Is there any man in the universe unfamiliar with the cable television show called The Man Show? Let's face it, the first several seasons of the show were almost required viewing in terms of membership to manhood as hosts Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel guided us through the nuances of being a man (rather than a wimp to be pushed around by the unknowing feminists that would deny us men our rightful place in life). With skits involving chimpanzees, beer, inventions, and even parodies of modern life like Oprah Jimfrey, the show offered up a lot of laughs to audiences. Having reviewed Man Show Season 1.1, Man Show Season 1.2, Man Show Season 2, and Man Show Season 3 (all the season sets released so far), I got to see the kind of good old fashioned fun that made the show famous (infamous in some circles) and you can buy most of them on sale at stores all over the internet on a regular basis.
Today's review is on a compilation DVD that takes two of the most popular recurring segments and puts many of the episodes on a single DVD in order to allow fans to enjoy themselves. The name of the disc is The Man Show Boy & Household Hints From Adult Film Stars, and each section of the disc was well worth viewing.
The first section on the disc involved Household Hints From Adult Film Stars and had such notable performers as:
Jenna Jameson, Devon, Serenity, Stephanie Swift, Julia Ann, Nikki Tyler, Sydnee Steele, Kylie Ireland, Tabitha Stevens, Kobe Tai, Brittany Andrews, Jacklyn Lick, and Jenteal, all offering tips that exploited their unique porn star skills. The segments included Candlestick, Red Wine, Lint Tray, Suitcase, Ice Pops, Bed Sheets, Faucet, Wedding Dress, Squirting Toilet, Christmas Gift, Millennium/Space, Scuff Marks, Ladder, and then finishing with Cindy Crawford's bathroom talk where she discussed plumbing fixtures.
I wish the DVD had included all the skits in the series but it excluded at least a couple with Briana Banks and Raylene, although there was a second Jenna Jameson episode so there's that to be thankful for. In any case, there was a single case of true nudity (it involved the making of a picture frame in the Christmas Gift episode) and that was strictly a picture. I wish there had been more risqué episodes shot as DVD extras for the season sets but as much as I'd be able to line up performers wanting a mainstream credit, I doubt the company would be willing to shell out the cash to record more of them. Still, the skits lasted a minute or two and were just one out of a hundred reasons why the show was so well received (at least until the new hosts came in and screwed it all up).
The Man Show Boy comprised the bulk of the material on the disc, coming in at about 38 minutes to the Household Hints segments barely scraping by with 17 minutes of material. The concept here was simple, the guys found a young fat kid, Aaron Hamill, who would say and do mean things to gals as he tried to either pick them up or prove a point. Often dressing up in a boy scout uniform, the kid was obnoxious and brazen, exactly the kind of combination that worked well with the hosts' own proclivities. The episodes this time were:
Cross Street, Will You Buy Me A Beer?, Little Man on Campus, Girl Scout Cookies, Fake I.D., Watch My Son, Sells Beer, At The Beach, Apology, Puppy, Rates Women, and a separate skit where he's just another kid in a parody of children toy commercials, Fraternity Action Heroes.
Seeing the kid deal with old people as he either came on to them (the gals in the skits that were at least passable) or rank on them with backhanded compliments or sarcastic rebuttals when challenged was hilarious and would've been an excellent idea for a spin off series although a new kid might've been needed since Aaron was starting to get too old to play the role. At some point, his age would've been a factor since adults might take crap from a little kid but they'd smack a teenager upside the head pretty quick. Keep in mind too that some of the people he interacted with got in some heated zingers as well and that was part of the fun.
So, what do you rate what amounts to a compilation of skits from a great comedy series like The Man Show? Well, that's tough because I really preferred the season sets but found these two skits to be pretty funny on their own. As the resident porn reviewer here at DVD Talk, I admit to liking the porn star hints section a lot but it was so short as to warrant at least a few new episodes for the compilation. As it was, there were only a few trailers to other shows as extras and that limited the compilation for me but it was dirt cheap and a good introduction to the show for newcomers. Maybe if there had been an actual episode added it to entice folks, it would've worked better but I'm still going to rate this one as Recommended since it was very funny indeed.
Picture: The Man Show Boy & Household Hints From Adult Film Stars was presented in the original 1.33:1 ratio full frame color the skits were shot in for broadcast on cable television several years ago. The colors looked accurate, the focus was sharp, and while it wasn't a high budget network show, I found little to complain about this time since there wasn't a lot of material jammed onto the disc. There were no compression artifacts and the skits looked much like the season sets they came from.
Sound: The audio was presented in the usual 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo English. It was clear with minimal separation and limited dynamic range but it still sounded at least as good, if not somewhat better, than the airings on cable television (I've since moved and upgraded cable systems so the sound is a lot closer in terms of quality differences).
Extras: The only extras were some trailers to Comedy Central shows.
Final Thoughts: The Man Show Boy & Household Hints From Adult Film Stars was a nice selection of skits from the two categories listed in the title. Fans of porn stars (pretty much every straight man I'm acquainted with) and those who like seeing snooty gals get a heaping helping of Man Show Boy to put them in their place will have great fun this time. I think future compilations from the series will need something more powerful to get people worked up about them but I couldn't deny the appeal of the show when the online price is so low. Check it out if you like these two skits and don't want the weaker material those sets include.