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D.L. Hughley – Unapologetic + Jim Norton – Monster Rain (HBO DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-/D     Concerts: B/D



HBO has been issuing hour-ling stand up comedy concerts forever and the two newest show a contrast between how to do one and how not to do one.  D.L. Hughley – Unapologetic is a bold, clever, funny, daring, knowing concert that shows the comedian becoming more powerful and sharper in his wit than ever.  Jim Norton – Monster Rain on the other hand is every predictable gross, dull, boring joke around and a style of comedy this critic never laughed at.


Another difference is while Hughley is political and effectively so, taking a left of center stance that gels well with reality as we are seeing it, Norton’s work is self-centered, taking place in that alternate universe where everyone is bored and has limited ambition.  Burn out humor can only go so far.  Hughley in comparison is funnier than ever and poised for a while new era of groundbreaking hilarity if he keeps going in the direction he is.  Don’t miss his DVD.


The 1.33 X 1 image on Hughley’s concert is actually on par with the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Norton’s, including better color and a more solid looking picture.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on both is about the same, though Hughley’s is a bit richer and clearer, both with no surrounds.  There are five extra minutes of outtakes on Hughley’s disc, while the Norton’s discs extra footage is a lame as the main program.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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