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Category:    Home > Reviews > Comedy > Stand-up > Politics > Alonzo Bodden – Who’s Paying Attention (2011/E1 DVD) + Colin & Brad – Two Man Group (2010) + Whitney Cummings – Money Shot (2010/Image DVDs) + Jonathan Winters – Final Approach (Uproar/MVD CD)

Alonzo Bodden – Who’s Paying Attention (2011/E1 DVD) + Colin & Brad – Two Man Group (2010) + Whitney Cummings – Money Shot (2010/Image DVDs) + Jonathan Winters – Final Approach (Uproar/MVD CD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+ (CD: B)     Extras: C/C-/D/D     Concerts: B/C/C+/B-



If Comedy in movie theaters and TV will not work, maybe actual comedians can pull off more humor and we got lucky enough in the following cases.


The best of the four is the DVD of Alonzo Bodden – Who’s Paying Attention (2011) in which the stand-up comedian attacks apathy like few (read not enough) comedians are from politics to the news, to the housing crisis to the way people just let more and more things slide these days without saying enough or doing anything about it.  The program sometimes be comes borderline profound as he remains surprisingly sharp, witty and carries the concert from start to finish better than most such program s we have looked at in the last 8 years of this site.  I hope Mr. Bodden becomes the next big breakout comedy star.  Extras include an Interview, Photo Shoot and four bonus routines.


Colin & Brad – Two Man Group features Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from the overrated Whose Line It Is Anyway? TV show and this disc offers up more of the embarrass-into-audience-participating-comedy that was never funny to me and is more tired than ever.  This runs a long 67 minutes and I was expecting something different and it was boring.  At least it is not totally stupid.   Extras include an interview with the duo and Dos & Don’t of Improv.


Whitney Cummings – Money Shot (2010) is the sole female entry on this list, but she holds her own in a sometimes crude-languaged performance that still manages to generate some giggles and good points, though she sometimes goes overboard.  I thought she was so good and had such a solid center of insight, that she allowed some things to backfire and work against her natural talent, but this is worth a look and I will be curious to see what she does next.


Last but not least is the genius of Jonathan Winters – Final Approach (Uproar/MVD CD), with Bob Shaw interviewing 12 of Winter’s many (seemingly endless) characters which he does not just impersonate, but actually becomes them.  This can make the performances entertaining, but Winters always has an ironic darkness to his work that is always haunting and captivating.  This is an interesting disc that shows once again why he is one of the all-time giants in the field.  I just wish it were longer.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on the DVDs are new 1080i HD shoots and they can look good, but also have their detail issues, motion blur and color limits.  Video Black can be weak too.  They also all have Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, save the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on Colin, but that is really stretching out the basic sound.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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