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Louis C.K. – Chewed Up (2008/Comedy/Image Entertainment DVD)

 

Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Concert: C-

 

 

It is one thing to be crude when doing comedy, but it is harder than veer to be funny and I was reminded of this right off the bat with the recent stand-up comedy concert Louis C.K. – Chewed Up as the hour-long would-be joke/laughfest begins with jokes about the slur “faggot” (or however you want to misspell it) and goes down hill from there.  It is interesting how the audience does not laugh like they might otherwise have on the lowest common denominator level, but it is funny how ill-timed and lame this opener is.

 

He tries to explain he is not a homophobe and defines the word as an indult towards male’s displaying effeminate as an alternative to what the word historically has stood for (hate crimes included) and continues to go down the road of using the word in a supposedly “harmless” text.  Of course, there is no such thing, but it is in this world he lives and after getting over that, continues to do so to the point of banality.  He then displays his supposed humor and wit on other subjects, but never recovers to the point that even any potential hecklers were likely bored.  Skip it!

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is softer throughout than a new HD taping should be and is not the best shoot for this kind of material to boot.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is adequate at best.  The only extra is (here we go) an interview with the comic that never reveals much, but enough is enough.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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