Comedy Central // 2003 // 107 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // April 18th, 2003
Stay up late.
Meet new people.
Become an insomniac.
Comedy Central, purveyor of all things laughable, has been doing a lot of original programming for years. From The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to the beast that is South Park, the station that could has become the number one name in all things comedy (and where else can you find a 1:30 AM showing of Mannequin?). One of the best shows running is the frantic late night reality series Insomniac with Dave Attell. Attell, a short bald comedian who looks like a cross between Barney Rubble and Barney from The Simpsons, runs around various cities in search of the weirdest and strangest folks he can find. And does he ever find them, and in great numbers! In The Best of Insomniac with Dave Attell: Volume 1, Dave runs into a pub that serves pets (dogs) beer, hangs out in an ice fishing shack with some laid back boozers, and finds himself among various other weirdoes that you can only find long after the sun's gone down. In this first volume (each episode starting with Attell doing a stand-up routine and featuring raw and uncensored footage like boobs and the words f**k and s**t), Dave visits such party towns as Chicago, New York City, and New Orleans in a quest to bring you the best of what the night has to offer.
I am a night owl. I love the after hours time period and the idea of staying up until the crack of dawn to see what's gonna happen next. If you've ever been at a bar, dance club, or night spot at 3:00 on a Saturday night, you know that the world's most intentional freaks comes out to play...and touch, and grope, and drink. Thank the good Lord for Dave Attell and Comedy Central's wacky TV show Insomniac. If you're not lucky enough to get out at night, Mr. Attell is gracious enough to bring the night to you -- roaming the streets in search of people who'll talk to him, Attell is a friendly, sarcastic spud who has a knack for bringing out the wackiest in any local drunkard. Insomniac is easily one of my favorite programs (right behind Blind Date) because of its off-the-wall humor and true life tales. Where else can you watch a rodeo happen in the middle of the night, punctuated by a practically toothless bull rider who seems to have the backwoods IQ of about six? Or maybe a fat club is your preference -- a place that's filled with BBWs (that's Big Beautiful Women for the uninitiated!). Yes, Dave visits every darkly lit room under the sun (or in this case, moon) and finds the weirdest of society growing inside. Attell himself is perfectly fitted for this series -- while he's not some good looking beefcake who can easily score with women, his unfailingly funny personality draws people to him. In effect, he's the perfect drinking buddy! The great thing about this show is that there isn't some complicated set-up; it's just Dave running from place to place, drinking beers and messing around with folks who are just like you and I...err, only they have their private parts pierced, they love S&M, or they like to flash their breasts. For those looking for some seriously demented laughs (and the scary part is it's all true!), The Best of Insomniac with Dave Attell: Volume 1 is well worth the purchase.
The Best of Insomniac with Dave Attell: Volume 1 is presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame version. This show was recorded on video, so don't expect the image to jump off the screen. Often there are grainy, darkly lit shots that don't flatter anyone in the frame (poor Dave always looks like he's only two shots away from the bathroom floor). While the picture isn't great, it's appropriate for the show that it supports (hey, the way some of the people look, do you really need things to be in focus?). The soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (though no mention is made on the package). Much like the video portions, this sound mix isn't anything great -- there's lots of distortion due to Dave's night spot picks, and some of the dialogue can be hard to hear because of the background noises or music. Otherwise this is a fine soundtrack -- a 5.1 wasn't given, nor was it required. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are available on this disc.
Talk about closing time! Comedy Central has decided not to throw any extra features on this disc. Not even a promo spot or bonus footage? Oh well, since the disc retails for about $10 at places like Tower Records (and if it's that cheap there you know you can find it cheaper elsewhere), this is well worth the purchase.
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Studio: Comedy Central
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Release Year: 2003
MPAA Rating: Not Rated