Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show [DVD]
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Comedy documentary. In September 2005, comedy actor Vince Vaughn acted as host on a 30-date comedy tour featuring four stand-up comedians. Visiting a new city every night, the film follows the ups and downs of life on and off stage for the performers, providing a unique glimpse into the challenges of life on the road.
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Buy this dvd and i don't think you'll be disappointed. It's only 96 mins long, so it won't tax people with high I.Q.'s brains too much.
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A funny and entertaining documentary.
Unfortunately, that promise remains largely undelivered, for the sad fact is that the four comics Vaughn showcases are, well, not all that funny. You can see the equivalent in virtually any college town on a Friday night, and that isn't good enough to carry this film. The sad thing is that these four guys all see themselves as great comics. One of them even complains that, given his credentials, he should be headlining big concerts "like the guys in the '80s." If he's comparing himself to the comic rock stars of that era - Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Steven Wright, or (God help him) Eddie Murphy, the guy is living in a world all his own. The stand-up comic giants of the '80s sold out stadiums because they were so funny you were imitating their routines weeks later. There's nothing on this DVD that rises to the level of comic gold.
Unless, that is, you're a Vince Vaughn fan. This guy somehow balances his comic genius with an ordinary-guy sensibility so that you never begrudge him his vast success. It's clear that Vaughn appreciates where he is and never forgets his humble beginnings. So it's a great treat to see him working with old friends, like Jon Favreau and Peter Billingsly. One of the most charming moments in the film comes when Vaughn and Billingsly reprise a scene from an after-school special they made about steroid abuse in their younger days - it's a scene both funny and touching.
So for every scene where Vaughn reels us in, whether it's talking about the legacy of Buck Owens or riffing with Dwight Yoakam, there are several scenes of young comics just not being all that funny. And so it is that this movie rides into the sunset with a mediocre review. So sad.
At least it looks like the guys had a lot of fun making it.
Some of the backstage stuff is of moderate interest - particularly the comics offering a free show to some Hurricane Katrina refugees and Ernst's touching reflections on his older brother who died of AIDS. But one can only hope that we're not being treated to the best of the on-stage material here. For if truth be told, there aren't nearly as many laughs to be gleaned from these performances as one might expect given the caliber of talent involved. At best, the routines elicit a few hearty chuckles, along with a surprising number of humor-deprived dead spots. The behind-the-scenes activities are marginally more entertaining (the interviews with the boys' families are sometimes quite informative and amusing), but the movie doesn't provide nearly the depth of insight into the world of standup comedy that, say, Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedian" did a few years back.
Still the guys in the group are likable enough and their camaraderie ultimately becomes infectious, earning the movie at least a lukewarm recommendation, especially for devotees of the subject.
relatively unknown comedic talent I'd be bored. But it was less than $4, after all. I'd heard
of Ahmed Ahmed [his actual name]. Not so much the other three comedians (John Caparulo; Bret Ernst;
There are other friends of Vince Vaughn that make brief appearances in the docu-comedy... that
DOES have [UNINTERUPTED] comedy out-takes as a bonus, afterward. Justin Long; Jon Favreau; Dwight
Yoakam; Buck Owens [prior to his death]; and Peter Billingsley appears --- also in a clip from
HIS staring '80s' Christmas film --- [almost putting an EYE out!]
I enjoyed this VERY much, and was surprised I sat through the entire thing, in a sitting... but it
AND it kept ME entertained while I was along for the 30 day, 30 city roadtrip! I actually CARED
about the folks IN the film, their performances, and even their "back-stories". Recommended!
Oh, some creep has been posting comments about me never buying anything I review... I made 150
orders from Amazon [multiple products, each] in the past 5 months, and DID buy this, though, else-
where. I might add, it IS m--u--c--h cheaper, here, NOW!