The Best of The Tonight Show - Stand-Up Comedians (2 Discs)
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The DVD promises "classic routines," but what it really should have said is "first time on televsion for some comedians." Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Brett Butler, Steven Wright, and Drew Carey are among those making their TV debuts. As a sort of historical document, this is kind of cool. But as far as bringing the funny goes, some of these routines are lacking -- most notably in Seinfeld's case. It's easy to see that he got way better through the years.
The rest of the set is fairly uneven; George Carlin is off his game here (though that just may be the restraints of broadcast TV), but Gallagher's routine was one of the most enjoyable even without his Sledge-o-Matic. It really varied from one comedian to the next. It was also apparent that the less-well-known comedians (Ronnie Shakes?) were less known for a reason.
This two-disc set isn't really as bad as I make it seem. There were some surprises from comedians that I wasn't really familiar with (as in I haven't heard their material) like Louie Anderson and Garry Shandling. Rodney Dangerfield was hilarious as usual. It's just that the shortcomings of the DVD are so obvious: first-time apperances that weren't very good, unknown and unfunny comics, etc.
I would recommend this DVD for fans of older comedy because there are some gems to be found here, but at the same time tell them not to expect a whole lot from the set otherwise.
Disk 2 opens with Drew Carey who talks about high school reunion, he gets invited to the couch, George Carlin talks about Thanksgiving, David Brenner talks about traffic, Gallagher appears without fruit, Rita Ruddner talks about guys and anti-commitment, Rich Hall, and Rodney Dangerfield who just goes and goes. Some unknowns also appear. Mostly from 1970's and 1980's. Insightful. Two mentions of fruit cake and two mentions of jaywalking.
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What more needs to be said. I'll have to type more because it makes me. WORTH EVERY CENT! I'd love to have the rest of the collections.Published on December 9, 2012 by Rebecca E Lander
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with this item. Most of the comedians that appear in the episodes are not well known and frankly weren't very funny. Read morePublished on October 10, 2009 by FunGuy