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A little bit like Marmite...........
on 7 August 2012
I can totally accept that this DVD is very much an aquired taste!
On one level it depends on how you feel about William Shatner; I personally love the man. I have been a huge fan of Star Trek since childhood, and as I have gotten older this has led to me exploring other work by him. I have enjoyed his books, other televison appearances, and even his music (well some of it!); I genuinely feel that William Shatner is an immensely talented man, he has a razor sharp wit and is far more intelligent and talented than I feel many people appreciate. I know he can sometimes be a tad 'corny', his acting has been decribed as a bit 'wooden' (on ocassion rightly so, but clearly these critics haven't seen his work in Boston Legal) and yes, the aforementioned 'music' career has at times been just so bad it was actually embarassing!
On another level it depends on how you feel about crass, rude and even vulgar humour; for do not be mistaken, this DVD most certainly offers all of this to quite an extreme level, the 18 rating being very much justified!
I personally have no problem with any of the above, so the combination of William Shatner and vulgar humour fills me with joy!
The show itself, and I am offering this description for those unfamiliar with the concept of 'Roasts', consists of William Shatner sitting on a stage in front of a large live audience partially made up of other celebrities , a succession of friends, colleagues and comedians then proceed to provide increasingly insulting personal and rude comments, all the while the 'Guest of Honour' (on this ocassion William Shatner) has to sit there and shut up! On this particular Roast no subject is sacred, even the subject that has fascinated people for decades, the wig/hairpiece/toupee, is discussed and ridiculed at length! At the end of the torment the 'victim' aka Guest of Honour (GOH) is given the chance to take centre stage and have some sort of revenge.
I have seen several of these Roasts now, and must admit that not all of the GOH's have been capable of offering a satisfying reposte, but fear not, on this occassion William Shatner does not disappoint and more than holds his own.
So to summarise, you don't have to necessarily be a fan of William Shatner to enjoy this DVD (although it is a bonus), you do however need a pretty strong tolerance of very vulgar and rude language; if this sounds like you then this DVD may be just for you!