Case Number 19655: Small Claims Court

BROKEN LIZARD: STANDS UP

Comedy Central // 2010 // 78 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 12th, 2010

The Charge

Like your dumb friends...just less funny.

The Case

Full disclosure: I have soured on these guys. I sufficiently enjoyed the sophomoric shenanigans of Super Troopers, but there isn't a film I've seen since from Broken Lizard that's worked (including their limited release maiden voyage Puddle Cruiser). Their latest effort, The Slammin' Salmon was their nadir; an unfunny mess that finally sealed my opinion of the troupe. They made one moderately successful comedy, but it's been a nosedive from there.

That said, I opted to slightly unseal said opinion and give them another shot at generating some laughs. As such, I went into their stand-up special with an open mind. After all, this wasn't a feature film; it was each troupe member on their own, in front of an audience, giving it their best shot to bring the funny. Comedy in its purest form.

And with that, the window slams shut.

These guys just aren't that funny.

Each Lizard takes his turn doing a solo act and no one stands out. Steve Lemme talks about masturbation; Paul Soter laments his job as a husband and a father; Kevin Heffernan spends the entire set making fun of his nude scene in Super Troopers; Erik Stolhankse recounts his experience producing a sperm sample; and Jay Chandrasekhar indulges in his pot exploits. Stolhanske is probably the highlight, but that may be because he comes across as more likable. The most I could muster, even for the best stuff, was a grin.

There's a painful Susan Boyle sketch mixed in with stand-up, and the special wraps up with the guys telling stories of how they met, which aren't that amusing. Steve Lemme stole Kevin Heffernan's coat! And when Kevin got it back there was pot in it! Ba-da bing! Seriously, you have funnier stories.

The disc: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, a deleted Super Troopers sketch performed live, footage from the concert tour, and outtakes.

The Verdict

Guilty. Sorry boys, it's over.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 60

Perp Profile
Studio: Comedy Central
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* English (CC)

Running Time: 78 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Deleted Sketch
* Tour Footage
* Outtakes

Accomplices
* Broken Lizard
http://brokenlizard.com/