Saturday, February 16, 2008

Selections from Reviews of Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights: Hollywood to the Heartland

Ain't It Cool News:

New Jersey's Bret Ernst has a great gift for noticing behavior. His routine on how men and women act when going to a club in a group will have you weeping with laughter.

Los Angeles Times:
Much like Steve Martin's recent memoir on his stand-up career, "Wild West Comedy Show" does more than merely show the proverbial sad clown behind the comic.

The Houston Chronicle:

The movie zooms in on a few dead moments - that bit about men in flip-flops doesn't go over so great in San Diego - but offers highlights as well, giving each comedian his moment in the sun.
Where were the comedy groupies hanging outside the buses? Where was the pot smoking?

The New York Times:
As the tour proceeds from city to city, fragments of country music provide regional flavors. In Bakersfield, Calif., the tour makes a pilgrimage to a museum celebrating Buck Owens with accompanying music and television clips from “Hee Haw.”

Pioneer Press:
I'll say this about the "comedy" part of "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show": There is a joke about how that darned cable guy never shows up when he says he will.

Knees, prepare to remain unslapped. Not all of the jokes in "Wild West" are equally prehistoric, but when you listen to the film's four comedians' complaints about how the comedy glory days ended before they had a chance to suck up the big bucks, it's hard not to wonder which came first: lackluster comedians or the end of the '80s comedy boom. Either way, these four probably wouldn't have become superstars.

NY Daily News:

"Wild West Show" would have really been something if Vaughn had taken a few of his fellow Frat Packers with him - say, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Steve Carell - instead of the struggling unknowns.
Foul-mouthed and bitter John Caparulo reminds me of a young Larry the Cable Guy. I forget large chunks of his material, but recall he wore the same white t-shirt and blue baseball cap for the entire 30-day shoot.

The stand-up routines are, mostly, bluer versions of the "didja-ever-notice" school of humor that made Jerry Seinfeld an ungodly power in the universe.

Chicago Tribune:
Native Chicagoan Vaughn remains enigmatic, protected from the camera's more candid intrusion. But you get a sense of his deep values, virtuous instincts and quiet love of ordinary people.

San Antonio Express-News
The lanky actor's slouch, bags-under-the-eyes energy can best be described as channeling both Ed Sullivan and Monty Python.

1 comment:

Littleface said...


"virtuous instincts and quiet love of ordinary people . . ."

I'm sorry, I thought we were talking about Vince Vaughn.