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Dave Attell Insomniac Tour Presents: Sean Rouse, Greg Giraldo & Dane Cook

Paramount // Unrated // April 11, 2006
List Price: $19.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Scott Weinberg | posted April 6, 2006 | E-mail the Author
The Comedy

For the past several years, I've been kind of ignoring stand-up comedy. It's probably because there used to be so much awful stand-up on basic cable, plus I was really tired of seeing funny comedians (Paul Reiser, Ray Romano, Tim Allen) wedged into lame-o sitcom series.

But lately, and thanks to the help of movies like The Aristocrats and The Comedians of Comedy, I've come back around to really digging some of the stand-up schtick I've been seeing. (P.S. I love Sarah Silverman.)

So when offered the opportunity to review a comedy concert starring the likes of Dave Atell (best known as the host of Comedy Central's Insomniac, obviously, although he also showed up in Pootie Tang!), Sean Rouse (who once played a nameless agent in Men in Black 2), Greg Giraldo (who pops up in every Comedy Central special, series, and roast under the sun), and Dane Cook (the cult-fave stand-up comedian who also popped up in Torque, Waiting..., and London), I figured it would be worth a few laughs.

And it was. I'll spare you the breakdown of each comedian's set, but suffice to say they cover most of the basics: sex, masturbation, alcohol, and sex. Of the four jokesters, Cook is easily the most unique. Sporting a "jock dude" exterior and a bizarrely endearing enthusiasm, Dane Cook rambles through his exceedingly raunchy sex gags with a lot of offbeat wit and charm. (Much as I hate to say it, expect Dane Cook to have his own Fox series within the next few years.)

Atell and Giraldo I've seen before; they're veteran laugh merchants who know how to pay the bills. This Rouse fella is new to me, but he knows his way around the punchlines and hangs with the big boys quite impressively. Combined, the jokesters comeplement each other quite nicely; their comedic approaches might differ quite a bit, but none of 'em are afraid of the creatively raunchy material.

How do you "review" a stand-up concert, aside from mentioning the comedians and then offering up an opinion of "funny" or "not funny"? Basically, I have no idea. But this disc delivered more than enough solid chuckles to warrant my recommendation. If you already know these guys, you'll probably have a ball. If you don't, well, now you do.

The DVD

Video: The concert's presented in its original widescreen format. Picture quality is perfectly fine.

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Extras

In addition to the 90-minute concert flick, the extras section delivers a 2-minute Backstage clip, a 6-minute Night Out in Vegas montage, less than 2 minutes at the After Party, and 17-minute collection of Behind the Scenes promos.

Also included are a bunch of Comedy Central Quickies (clips from Mind of Mencia, South Park, and a Patton Oswalt concert), and some trailers for South Park S7, Comedy Central Roast: Pamela Anderson, Mind of Mencia S1, Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist S1, Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes.

Final Thoughts

Funny stuff. Not for kids.

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