A little old-school stand-up, a little musical comedy
Sometimes he breaks into more interesting areas, such as when he talks about his smart-ass nature, and how it gets him in trouble, especially with the cops (thanks to a logic-based argument against a common law), or when he smartly compares men and women to capitalism and communism, but he's soon back to very standard bits, like the nature of women's magazines articles and how dogs love to go outside. Even more egregious is the way he approaches this material with a "bro" mentality, with lots of gay jokes and simple lines about sex and multiple sets of genitalia (not to mention a healthy number of actual "bro"s throughout the special.
Things get better down the stretch, where he sits down behind the piano keys and shows off an impressive musical ability. which he winds around some of the same themes he covered earlier, and puts on more of a musical focus, like the very-topical lack of intelligibility of Eddie Vedder's lyrics and the repetitive nature of hip-hop beats. It's not all great, as his text-message song is basically an extension of a previous bit with added lewdity. That's somewhat the case for most of the songs, which are either about relationships or are dirty.
The way the show ends, as Benjamin forces the audience to take part in a weird attempt at wish fulfillment, is very odd and off-putting. If it was from an act like Zack Galafinakis, Reggie Watts or Kristen Schaal, comedians who manipulate the stand-up form and subvert it, it would absolutely work as a meta joke, but after nearly an hour of ordinary stand-up, this is just an weird way to end things, and helps cement the special's awkwardness.
High Five Til It Hurts comes in a two-disc set, with a CD and a DVD, which are packed in a CD-size three-panel digipack featuring pictures of the stage and Benjamin high-fiving himself. The DVD features a static anamorphic widescreen menu with options to play the special, select scenes, check out the extras and adjust the set-up. There are no audio options, but subtitles are available in English SDH.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 track provided here does a fine job of delivering Benjamin's voice, and keeping it clearly separated from the audience. Though there's nothing dynamic about the mix, everything is presented well and without distortion..
Also available are two online segments with jokes from the road (a tunnel in Tennassee (3:13) and the Middle East (1:43).) While the second piece is Twitter-focused, the first is noteable mainly for it being recorded in vertical orientation on a phone, a crime that should be punishable by being sent to referee futbol in Brasil.
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