Best Of The Improv
Sound: C Extras: D Episodes: B-
The A&E Network scored an early hit with Evening At
The Improv and this new Best Of The Improv set offers six hour-long
compilations on six DVDs that offer a look at a slew of stand-up comedians,
many before they hit it big. They are:
Brad Garrett (host 1)
Bill Maher (host 2)
Rick Rockwell (one of the worst here)
Rita Rudner (host 3)
Stephanie Miller (brief, future talk show host)
Rick Overton (host 4)
Richard Belzer (host 5)
Carrie Snow (host 6)
The Cho, O’Donnell & Tenuta segments repeat what was
seen on the Funny Ladies set.
The fourth and fifth volumes are the strongest, as denoted by the hosts
on the list above. It is hit and miss,
as was the Funny Ladies set, but in more cases here, the lesser knowns
surprise more often. It is a somewhat
stronger set than Funny Ladies, and not just because there is 50% more
material, but because this is better edited and more diverse.
The full frame 1.33 X 1 image is from all the older NTSC
professional tapings of the series from years ago and is as clean as its going
to get. The Dolby Digital 2.0 is weak
and monophonic and the set is totally devoid of extras. This is a good stand up comedy set, but Best
Of The Improv could have offered more.
For fans, this will do.
- Nicholas Sheffo