As soon as president-elect Barack Obama had finished his acceptance speech, pundits of all stripes began to wonder aloud, "What will happen to comedy once the gold mine that is George W. Bush leaves office?" It's a fair question and one that is arguably being asked too soon. While Obama and his Vice President-elect Joe Biden will doubtless do something worthy of mockery sooner or later, there are many, many comics who've used the two-term presidency of George W. Bush as a steady stream of inspiration.
To that end, Comedy Central -- which has provided a platform for many of the funny folks taking shots at the Bush administration -- has pulled together a compilation DVD that doesn't have too much focus beyond simply taking swings at the outgoing president. While most of the included footage is available elsewhere, it is, if nothing else, a concise glimpse at the range and hostility of opinions about Bush's time in office. Here's what included on the disc:
South Park: An Oct. 11, 2006 episode titled "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce," which deals with Cartman's obsession with 9/11 conspiracies, an appearance by the not-so-ambiguously-gay duo the Hardly Boys and a parody of Vice President Dick Cheney's infamous hunting accident. President Bush makes an appearance to admit to Cartman (and the rest of the gang) that, yes, 9/11 was, in fact, a conspiracy.
All the episodes and segments are accessible individually or playable all together for an aggregate of one hour, 42 minutes.The DVD
Presented as originally broadcast on Comedy Central, all eight episodes and/or segments are offered up in 1.33:1 fullscreen, with no apparent damage or distracting visual flaws. Quality varies depending upon the source (the South Park episode isn't quite as strong as the filmed programs, for example), but overall, it's a fine-looking disc.The Audio:
Again, as originally broadcast on Comedy Central, these Bush-centric episodes and segments are presented on DVD with Dolby 2.0 stereo soundtracks. Dialogue and score are heard clearly, free from distortion or drop-out, and while laugh tracks can occasionally come on a bit too strongly, there isn't much too complain about in the audio department. Additionally, most of the bits here are censored, if foul language pops up, although there is some profanity that escapes unbleeped.The Extras:
Two Comedy Central "quickies" -- a two minute, 31 second clip from "The Daily Show" and a two minute, nine second clip from "The Colbert Report" -- along with a fold-out poster are the only bonuses.Final Thoughts:
Comedy Central -- which has provided a platform for many of the funny folks taking shots at the George W. Bush administration -- has pulled together a compilation DVD that doesn't have too much focus beyond simply taking swings at the outgoing president. While most of the included footage is available elsewhere, it is, if nothing else, a concise glimpse at the range and hostility of opinions about Bush's time in office. Recommended.