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Human Giant: Season 1 (2008)

Aziz Ansari , Rob Huebel , Jason Woliner  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Samantha MacIvor, Tyler Gates
  • Directors: Jason Woliner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MTV
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001053088
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Human Giant: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 8 episodes from the 2007 season
  • Best of the 24 Hour Marathon
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Sketches
  • Behind the Scenes footage
  • Movie Awards promos,

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A collection of recklessly hilarious, fast-paced, hard-hitting short films, Human Giant brings viewers innovative comedy with a distinctive style and direction. First seen online, short clips like "Shutterbugs" and "The Illusionators" have gained a huge cult following. Human Giant has also gained a large audience in the New York comedy club scene through live shows at the underground club Upright Citizens Brigade.

Sketch comedy troupe Human Giant aim for a sweet spot somewhere between the freewheeling absurdity of Mr. Show and the slacker/frat boy comedy of Dane Cook. The trio of Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, and Paul Scheer create sketches ranging from recurring bits like Shutterbugs (a hard-driving talent agency for child actors) and the Illusionators (two magicians who can do real magic but have such low-self esteem that they only raise the dead to make their card tricks truly impressive) to stand-alone bits like a drug-addicted genie or an attack-dog service designed to gain sympathy for the victims. Some satirical targets--like extreme sports or The Exorcist--are pretty tired, but others sketches have a true spark; for example, Space Lords, in which a super-powered alien intent on taking over the Earth falls in love with a terrestrial girl (Mary Lynn Rajskub of 24) and falls over himself to make her happy. Human Giant don't compare well to their idols--there's something formulaic and lazy about most of their humor--but they've clearly found an audience. Human Giant: The Complete First Season contains eight 20-minute episodes. But for true fans of the show, the glories of this dvd set may be on the second disc, which contains excerpts from the marathon when Human Giant was given free reign over MTV for 24 hours and did pretty much anything that came into their heads, occasionally punctuated by musical acts like the National. Other bonus features include rambling commentaries (some episodes have two), footage from early live performances, a few deleted scenes, and some oddball things like phony dedications to dead crew members and the repeated takes from a child actor who had to say one short line in an early sketch. --Bret Fetzer

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149 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Television. April 27, 2008

I'm Aziz Ansari, one of the creators and stars of Human Giant and I can't recommend this show enough. Unfortunately, the Amazon editorial review is the only bad review of this DVD I've really seen. Don't listen to Bret Fetzer. He went to elementary school with me and I remember him being pretty racist.

Here's our A- minus review from The Onion AV Club.

Human Giant: Season One (MTV)

Reviewed by Nathan Rabin
March 5th, 2008

Fans like to bemoan the premature deaths of Mr. Show and Arrested Development, but both enjoyed substantial runs and left behind a lasting cultural legacy. A direct line can be drawn between the cult shows of the very recent past and the cult shows of today. Arrested Development found a worthy heir in 30 Rock, while the terrific sketch-comedy show Human Giant serves as a vital link between Mr. Show and the current generation of web-weaned funnymen who made their names posting homemade videos online instead of working their way through Second City, The Groundlings, or Saturday Night Live. The show's central dynamic echoes Mr. Show as well. Like Bob Odenkirk, Rob Huebel boasts the bland good looks of a local TV news anchor, yet there's a spark of madness and rage at his core. Castmates Paul Scheer and Aziz Ansari, meanwhile, take turns inhabiting the David Cross role.

Unlike Mr. Show, Human Giant isn't averse to recurring characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Sketch Show on Television. Period. April 27, 2008
Sketch comedy hasn't been this brilliantly absurd since the Upright Citizens Brigade. Maybe the only sketch show that develops their recurring characters with each appearance rather than relying on the same jokes each time. Comparisons to "Mr. Show" is a little unfair as they have almost nothing in common besides being sketch shows, but that doesn't take away from the show's quality, it's definitely head and shoulders above any other sketch show on television today.

Bret Fetzer is a dick.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fetzer-Proof! April 27, 2008
If there was any doubt that sketch comedy shows could work in the new millennium, Human Giant disproves it. I can only assume MTV was skeptical when these three hilarious young comedians came to them with their mission statement to make a comedy program accessible to everyone except's own Bret Fetzer, but their investment paid off and the results are top-notch.

Buy this DVD and prepare yourself for hours of entertainment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sketch Comedy thats actually funny! January 13, 2008
By Lukey20
It's been a while since a great sketch comedy show... shows like The State and Mr Show seemed like they would never be born again... until the rise of Human Giant!

This show is a little random but it's also A LOT funny!

Aziz Ansari is one of the hottest comedians around so getting his take on everythign is awesome! Team that up with cameos from comedy greats like:
Rob Riggle (Snl Daily Show)
Patton Oswalt (King of Queens, Comedians of Comedy)
Brian Posehn (Just Shoot me, Comedians of Comedy)
Mary Lynn Rajskub (24 and Mr Show)

and you have a real winner!

This dvd is a MUST own!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes SNL rather lame June 3, 2008
It's hard going back to Saturday Night Live after watching this. Human Giant is much more consistently funny. I was pleasantly surprised. I ordered Human Giant, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, and Whitest Kids You Know all about the same time. Tim and Eric Awesome Show is too weird, not funny enough, Whitest Kids You Know is a hoot, although they are a bit sophomoric, mean and immature. The Human Giant fellas are more polished and thought-out. I enjoyed them quite a bit. It's been really hard to sit through Saturday Night Live lately without groaning. Human Giant is up there with Mr. Show. Look for a great appearance by Jon Krasinski from the Office in the extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is megatron awesome. These guys really make a great product but with a low budget feel. Well, more than a feel it is low budget but done very, very, well. If you're debating on weather to buy it or not, check out some of the video streaming sites. You can easily find skits online to "try it out". Finding a few of those funny then, I would strongly recommend buying this because it is really just more of the same. However, some is hit and miss either they connect and it's just great or you want to fast forward. That's OK though because there's 20+ skits on here so it's easily worth it.

You get discs with this DVD series from MTV. The second being extras and deleted which are decent at best. The real worthwhile part is obviously the first disc that is almost comic genius. I will say, I have shown this others and they were not much impressed so like I said it's not for everyone. That being said my mom, who's 50, watched some of this and thought it was great. Also, I have seen all the main characters in this on other prime time networks so I feel this was their springboard to stardom. Also, Rob Riggle (Daily Show, Step Brothers) has a few cameos and he's riot.

If you don't give me a good review I will find you... And give you a Colombian neck tie! Just kidding....

(You'll get it after you watch the Tapes and Tapes skit)

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show
Published 1 month ago by VCapp
5.0 out of 5 stars The hilarious starting point of 3 careers!
Human Giant is a 3 man sketch comedy show along the lines of Upright Citizens Brigade and Kids in the Hall. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alaina M. Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very funny...
I didn't enjoy this show very much. They're trying way too hard, which makes it seriously not funny. There's a subtlety to physical comedy that these guys don't seem to get.
Published 15 months ago by JR Ewing
4.0 out of 5 stars Genious Comedy
This sketch comedy show from a collaboration of three of today's funniest comedians is packed with witty, outside-of-the-box jokes. Too bad MTV cancelled it so soon.
Published 20 months ago by Robert A. Vazquez
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a unique sense of humor to like this...
You of course have to have an awkward sense of humor to like Human Giant. Cheesy. Subtle. Original. Bizarre. Very funny.....if you're a little unconventional.
Published 20 months ago by GeorgeRP
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome
hilarious. i loved it. any plans to release season two?! i wish MTV still made sketch comedy shows. really funny
Published 21 months ago by Geoffrey Pettys
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
I love this collection. Great quoteables throughout. I was bummed it got cancelled to make space for all the heinous shows MTV has now. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Kyle, just Kyle
4.0 out of 5 stars For those without an "easy" sense of humor
This show caught my eye while I was stuck on a very boring business trip. It was the best part of the whole time I was out of town. Read more
Published on April 19, 2010 by William E. Diehl
4.0 out of 5 stars show really tapers off. special features save this dvd.
I watched the first two episodes at a friends house and immediately fell in love. It was up there with some of the best sketch comedy ever. Read more
Published on April 3, 2010 by Mike C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Gift for Fans of Funny
This DVD has a great flow about it and is quite long actually , so you get some bang for your buck.

Sketch comedy that isn't dull and lame like so many other groups... Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by GuyDudeBro
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