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The Story So Far...
Martin's act is more-or-less stream of consciousness, as he flows from one joke to another, occasionally stringing together a few bits, but for the most part he's like a ping-pong in a washing machine. A bit about the difficulties telemarketers face when calling in sick is followed by a joke about rice milk, before a bungee jumping gag. It would be a stretch to say it's consistently funny, as there are stretches where you might get a smile here and there, but with so many jokes flying around (there are at least 90 separate bits/topics in the special's 60 minutes) you won't go without a laugh for very long, and any bad taste from a weak joke is washed away quickly.
The best of his act has to be his jokes about language, which drew the biggest laughs of the entire special. When he talks about how the way you say hello in person is the complete opposite of how you say hello on the phone, I couldn't help but laugh loudly, especially when he demonstrates them with his own unique delivery. This kind of observational humor informs a great deal of Martin's material, but when he aims directly at the topic, like his explanation of silent letters or how inappropriate "Yup" is in all matters sexual, he takes it to another level of funny.
At this point in his career, Martin is somewhat haunted by his success, as he is practically required by law to include two segments in his stand-up shows, which are his drawing tablet, as he shows his simplistic drawings and charts to hilarious effect, and his music accompaniment, where he plays guitar and harmonica as he tells his jokes. While the drawings are always funny, the value of the music is questionable, but either way the gimmicks of these segments have almost turned him into a prop comic. And they aren't going anywhere, as the introduction of these bits got a better reaction than anything else he did in the show. He's even added another similar bit, showing bulletin-board signs he came up with, like the Lionel Ritchie "Hello" signs that are popular online. And once again, it's very funny, like most things Martin comes up with.
At this point, it's surprising and somewhat saddening to come across a stand-up DVD that's not in surround sound. But here we are. Yes, it's a stand-up show (though Martin does play music) so the audio is somewhat limited, but when you have the audience's reaction around you, it just feels more engaging. What is here in this Dolby Digital 2.0 track is fine, as Martin's voice is clear and there's good separation from his music and the crowd, but it could and should certainly be better.
The 10:37 "Rejected Concepts from the Comedy Special" is a meatier bonus feature, as you get to hear Martin discuss ideas he supposedly pitched to Comedy Central for the show, while looking at sketches of them. These including fire and a uniquely rotating stage. His drawings tend to be quite funny and the idea of actually doing these ideas is enough to make his dry explanations rather funny.
The last three extras are clips from the show set to music to create a different atmosphere, like "A Sad Confession," "A Premise for a Crappy Animated Movie" and "A Scene from an Ominous, Grammar-Based Murder Mystery." These aren't as funny as they probably should have been, as his cadence doesn't fit with the music to create the feeling stated.
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