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Otis Lee Crenshaw And The Black Liars [DVD] [2001]

Rich Hall , Damian Coldwell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Rich Hall, Damian Coldwell, Christian Reilly
  • Writers: Rich Hall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NB0A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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

Customer Reviews

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly original. 12 Jan 2005
I was never a huge fan of character comics but in recent times i have come to like both Al Murray's pub landlord and this, Rich Hall's Otis Lee Crenshaw. Hall has created a brilliantly original character from the streets of Tennessee and provides a fantastic hour plus of entertainment on this DVD.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music & Laughter 8 Jun 2010
On this fabulous DVD, recorded live at London's Comedy Store, comedian Rich Hall is at his finest and funniest as his alter-ego - the country singer/songwriter, Otis Lee Crenshaw.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 24 Mar 2009
Excellent, enjoyable and origional. This is one of my favourite comedy DVD's because it never gets tired or old thanks to the stand out lyrics and performances
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny across the pond too! 3 April 2014
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As for as I know, this has not been released in the US. Thus, after seeing some of Rich Hall's work on the television, I came across this DVD on the Amazon UK site. This was the first item that I ordered from Amazon UK to be shipped to the US. Since this DVD is encoded for DVD Region 2, it took some un-named hoops to jump through to watch it in the States, but it was worth it.

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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound 30 Aug 2013
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Very disappointed, unable to tell almost all of what was said. I'm sure, judging by the audience's reaction, it was very funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy treat 6 May 2013
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I take my comedy seriously and found myself really enjoying this. Stand up with song (that I see is becoming popular again with acts such as Izzy Suttie / David O Docherty - excuse any spelling errors) done well here.

7.5 out of 10

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5.0 out of 5 stars Otis Lee Crenshaw 1 Feb 2009
By Jo
Very funny footage of a master comedian. Rich Hall is at his best playing a jail bird from the Southern States of the USA. Great backing musicians help bring this unique comedy to life. Recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Screamingly funny !!I laughed until I stopped. 21 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Rich Hall has a fantastically simple way of making people laugh. He is clever and has a very obvious gift for rhmye. This video showcases the best he has to offer. I was at the comedy store the night this was recorded and it is just as good if not better on video.
Buy it. What the heck buy 2.
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