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Good, but not as good as "Arguing with Myself"
on October 23, 2007
If I had never seen "Arguing with Myself" or had not been a fan of Jeff since his initial appearance on Carson, I'd probably give this 4 or 5 stars because it is quite good and is not dissapointing taken as a stand alone act--but compared with Jeff's other works, I found this routine to be a bit sub-par.
Overall, I'd have to agree with another reviewers comment about how the tone of the show seemed a bit toned-down. Not nearly as 'racey' or 'foul-mouthed' as the original. With the new advertised new character "Achmed the Dead Terrorist" (discussed latter) I really wondered where the heck this was going to go...
Jeff's introductory stand-up routine was quite funny...the jokes about the Toyota Prius were used the same way "Lotion" was in Arguing with Myself throughout the routine.
Walter, as always, ends up being the highlight of the show--his take on suicide bombers had me in stiches laughing. Jeff with Walter is reason enough to buy the DVD.
The next puppet is "Achmed the Dead Terrorist" who replaces "Sweet Daddy Dee". I enjoyed Sweet Daddy Dee, my wife didn't care for that routine. As for "Achmed", I really had to wonder where he was going to go with this... Turns out it was just a bit silly with no real 'racey' (for lack of a better term). The new tag line "I KILL YOU!" is humorous, but doesn't come close to replacing "on a stick" in the Jeff Dunham lexicon. This routine was slower and duller than Walter, but then again, I don't think Jeff has a puppet in his repertoire that wouldn't be a bit of a let down after Walter (the exception being Peanut of course).
Third is Melvin, the superhero without superpowers (except for a phallic looking long nose) who replaces "Bubba J". The part of the routine was the dull point for me. I found Melvin's humor very dry not all that funny...it dragged until finally...
Peanut, Jeff's hyperactive Puppet comes to the stage. And here is the first time I have a complaint about Peanus routine: IT WAS TOO SHORT! After nearly falling asleep with Melvin I'm back to cracking up with Peanut--soon Jose Jalapeno makes an appearance...and then it's over...!!!
I realize Jeff is trying to branch out and find new ways to keep his act fresh, but give Peanut some more airtime as for your fans he--like Walter are the favorites.
All in all a good DVD, but if you're trying to decide which one to get, get Arguing with Myself first....much funnier.