Having just reviewed the squeaky clean stand-up of Thou Shalt Laugh, jumping into this DVD was somewhat akin to shock therapy. If your only exposure to D.L. Hughley is via his homogenized (read "mainstream audience friendly") sitcom The Hughleys or, more recently, his turn on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, prepare yourself for a raucous and ceaselessly profane hour or so of stand-up.
There's no denying that Hughley is funny, sharp and irreverent. There's also no denying that he is seemingly incapable of putting more than two or three words together without the f-bomb repeatedly exploding (not to mention a host of other four letter words). So if naughty language offends you, this is certainly one DVD to stay far, far away from. If, on the other hand, Hughley's street patois only helps lend him credibility in your eyes, you'll find a lot of great humor here, as he skewers everything from D.C. crime (the show was taped in our nation's capital), Anna Nicole Smith, Alec Baldwin, global warming, abortion, the war of the sexes, and in one of his standing routines, some nice good-natured hassling of various audience members.
Hughley is certainly at the head of the pack of African American comedians two generations post-Pryor (hard to believe it's been that long, but true). Like most of his general age, he's gritty, cynical and not afraid to speak his mind, even if that means lacing his language with one obscenity after another.
A very sharp enhanced 1.78:1 image is easy on the eyes.
A fine standard stereo track is also perfectly acceptable for this presentation.
Several deleted scenes, totaling a few minutes of added routines, are offered.
Whether or not you approve of Hughley's comedy is going to depend a lot on your tolerance for his language. Older (and, dare I say it, whiter) audiences may well be too offended to even get past his opening remarks. Younger, "hipper" (at least in their own eyes) folks are probably going to love Hughley's irreverence.
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