Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious [Blu-ray]
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By far the best stand-up performance I've seen since Chris Rock's perfect Bigger And Blacker, this is one hour of extremely edgy yet somehow good-natured comedy. Tosh spares nothing and no one, least of all America in general. And he does it all so slyly, with that engaging grin and flashing eyes that say, yeah, you know I'm right, admit it.
The material here is twenty minutes longer than what the Comedy Chunnel shows from this dvd. They cut a lot of the best, most over the top bits, so it's a treat to see them here. What really distinguishes Tosh is the intelligence and subtlety of some of his lines. He's skewering all of us, and our selfish society, and does it with so much verve and bonhomie that you hardly notice how deep the cuts go.
I enjoy a comedian who can get straight to the heart of things, and Tosh is a master at that already on his first dvd. He's one of the few stand-ups I've seen in years who clearly has the goods in spades, and seems more interested in commenting on his version of the truth than getting easy laughs. He says things that seem so wrong at first, but one quickly realizes what's really wrong is how right he is about our complacency and prejudices.
His new show on CC, Tosh.0, is decent, but goes for easy laughs and is nowhere near as funny as this dvd and his earlier cd. Let's hope the tv stardom doesn't derail his excellent stand-up, and that he doesn't go the Rock route and release only one performance every five years. Truth is at a premium these days, and this guy is poised to be a prime conduit.
Absolutely recommended to any fan of Carlin, Pryor, Hicks, or Rock.
But, if you can't take blue humor or jokes on the edge of civility (well mostly well outside of it) then you should skip it. But if you want funny, Daniel Tosh brings it in abundance. This show is a non-stop onslaught of smart humor. You just have to "get it". Many do, but some will not. Too bad for them because if you want your stomach to hurt from laughing, get this Blu-ray/DVD/MP3 however you do.
My next point is that in this special, he really doesn't go out of his way to emphasize THAT he's joking. Another GOOD thing. There's nothing less enjoyable than watching a good comedian, on the verge of being a great comedian, kill their show by sprinkling in, "Remember, this is a comedy show. I'm just kidding..." EVERY FIVE MINUTES! He doesn't, that's why his show has been on for 8+ seasons with no sign of stopping. I just hope he keeps going.
If you listen to a lot of comedy, you get a feeling for who has put in the work to really polish their material, and for who has a unique and compelling voice. Tosh has worked this material to perfection; the timing is spot on, the delivery is expert, and he works the line that has you squirming AND laughing.
For me, "Completely Serious" has to be one of the ten best comedy albums ever. OK, it's a DVD, but I ripped the soundtrack and listen to it on my portable music player. Its software tells me I've heard the album 55 times. I've played the video at least a half dozen times.
I recommend this to anyone who's willing to laugh at taboo subjects. If you're familiar with Louis C.K., I'd say the "willing to offend" meter deflects similarly for the two, though they are otherwise quite different. If you're at all easily offended, this is not for you. Otherwise, buckle up. You're in for a treat.
Since CDs come with track lists but DVDs don't, I'm going to list the first dozen of the 27 "tracks" I got from ripping the DVD. This might give you an idea of whether you'll like this set:
1) Intro / The O.C. / How Much Longer Do I Have?
2) Swearing in Heaven / Ashton Kutcher is a D*****bag
3) Banging Teachers
4) Snapple Knowledge
5) Seal the Border
6) Is Poker a Sport?
7) Bring the Troops Home (to War in Nebraska)
8) Parade or Fireworks?
9) Happiness Through Material Possessions
10) I'm Not Honest (But You're Interesting) / Stupid Wh**es and Plastic Surgery
11) The Myth of the Hot Female Athlete
12) The Polite Version of Tourette's
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The way he talks I will not listen to him. If he wants to cuss he can but without me hearing him.Published 2 months ago by sandra c washburn
Purchased this item as a gift! Daniel Tosh is hilarious. Very pleased!Published 5 months ago by LAJ100
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