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Human Giant: Season 1

4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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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.

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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

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,

Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001053088
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Human Giant: Season 1" on IMDb

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By Aziz Ansari on April 27, 2008
Format: DVD
Hi,

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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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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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 Amazon.com'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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Good stuff!!! My only "gripe" is that this is specifically was made for OLD CRTVs. It's aspect ratio is 4:3 and is wide screen! so on my tv is looks like I have a small picture that doesn't fit with in a big ass TV screen
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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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I love this collection. Great quoteables throughout. I was bummed it got cancelled to make space for all the heinous shows MTV has now. Not that this show is highbrow by any means, but at least it was funny.
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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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Human Giant is a 3 man sketch comedy show along the lines of Upright Citizens Brigade and Kids in the Hall. It only lasted a few short seasons but it was enough to launch 3 careers in comedy. The Human Giant alumni can be found in multiple tv comedy shows as well as stand up specials and sitcoms.

This is where it all started!
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