Otis Lee Crenshaw and the Black Liars: London Not Tennessee [DVD] 
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Sardonic and knowing US comic Rich Hall takes to the stage as Otis Lee Crenshaw, redneck, ex-con country singer in this parodic musical comedy show. Filmed live over two nights at London's Comedy Store, Otis proffers his wisdom on a variety of subjects garnered from a life on the wrong side of the tracks. Otis is accompanied by backing group The Black Liars.
For the satirist, country music has always presented the slowest moving of targets; the genre wears its absurdities on its sleeve, has an appeal which baffles non-adherents and is generally most beloved by people who don't pay money to watch the clever mock things they believe are beneath them. On paper, then, Otis Lee Crenshaw--the creation of American comic Rich Hall--should be about as funny as the Barron Knights in ten-gallon hats.
The reality is that Crenshaw, as evinced by this recording of a performance before a nigh hysterical London audience, is very funny indeed. This is because Hall's satire is grounded, one suspects, in an abiding love of country music and as such is laughing with the music and fans rather than at it; he holds an unmistakable depth of knowledge of its conventions and idioms. In a guttural drawl evocative of what John Hiatt might sound like with a broken jaw, Hall/Crenshaw delivers a series of impeccably observed pastiches, inspired improvisations and, most memorably, a triumphant deconstruction of "Jailhouse Rock". --Andrew Mueller
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Originally i was put off by the cover of the DVD but eventually chose to part with my hard earned cash and i have to say i'm delighted i did. Rich Hall is fantastic entertainment as Otis Lee Crenshaw incorporating both stand-up and comedy songs, which are very amysing, into his act. He is incredibly witty and this shows in the DVD during the occasions where he chooses to make certain audience members squirm.
Rich Hall has won the coveted Perrier Award, The Adelaide Festival Fringe Award and the Time Out Comedy Award for his character and he is fully deserving judging by the content on this DVD. Don't be put off by the cover or even character comics like i was originally. This is genuinley funny and a great example of Rich Hall's fantastic comic ability.
With his band, The Black Liars, Otis perform some great songs that have memorable tunes and very humorous lyrics. Otis also throws in some superb one-liners and makes some amusing observations about country music and life in general.
My favourite songs on here are "Drunk", "Trailerland" (featuring the lovely Catherine Porter) and "He Almost Looks Like You" but, to be honest, all the songs are wonderful and will induce huge bouts of laughter. I loved his hilarious dissection of the lyrics to the Elvis song "Jailhouse Rock".
This show really is a laugh-a-minute from start to finish and Otis even raises a few laughs at the expense of some members of the audience. Also included is a CD that contains the songs "Uncle Muncie", "Trailerland" and "Women Call It Stalking".
I think that lots of people will enjoy this DVD and appreciate the songs and the humour regardless of whether they normally like country music or not.
I do not regret the expense and time of re-importing this man's work back into America. While you might let him live in the UK on and off, his comedy has its roots in American culture. 'Otis Lee Crenshaw' is a hoot.
7.5 out of 10
great vocals, a fantastic atmosphere and great humour.
Buy it. What the heck buy 2.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rich Hall and company are brilliant of course but I was disappointed that Bill Bailey and Sean Lock had been cut from the DVD.Published 18 months ago by Chris C
Very disappointed, unable to tell almost all of what was said. I'm sure, judging by the audience's reaction, it was very funny.Published on 30 Aug. 2013 by Ivan tasker
I bought this dvd as I had seen Rich Hall before and liked him but this dvd is a real let down. Rich Hall seems to only sing and badly at that with the microphone too close to his... Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2012 by StraightPoint
One of my favorite comedy DVDs. The music is pretty good, but the humor is great.Published on 18 Mar. 2009 by Dave John Lindsay