Image Entertainment // 2008 // 63 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Clark Douglas // May 7th, 2008
"The only exercise I'm getting is mood swings." -- Drew Hastings
Drew Hastings is a comedian. More specifically, he is a rather cranky comedian. Even more specifically, he is Irked and Miffed. Hastings made a name for himself as a regular guest on "The Bob and Tom Radio Show," and has since begun to develop a successful career for himself in stand-up comedy. Hastings looks like the misbegotten love child of John Lithgow and Andy Dick, and behaves in a manner that reminds me a bit of some co-workers I have known. You have probably known similar people. Hastings is one of those guys who like to say cynical and caustic things about others that he thinks are quite funny, but you get the sense that he would become extraordinarily self-defensive if anyone ever attempted to retort. Additionally, Hastings acts in a rather smug and condescending manner, but his material doesn't really seem strong enough (or smart enough) to justify such behavior. Don Rickles, yes, Drew Hastings, no. Hastings is the sort of guy who finds a naughty biological reference or a dirty word amusing, but doesn't offer anything of substance to supplement this. I'm not saying Hastings is Rob Schneider or anything, but he simply isn't funny. This is a bit of a problem for a comedian.
Obviously, plenty of people disagree with me. I know this because the audience in attendance laughs and claps every time he tells a joke. When I started the DVD, I was in the mood for a few good laughs. And yet I sat there, for the entire 63 minutes of this special, quietly growing increasingly annoyed with Hastings. I wasn't having any fun, and surprisingly, Hastings doesn't seem to be having any fun. I don't know how much of this is part of his act and how much is just his genuine personality, but he seems to be an unpleasant person with very little enthusiasm for life. Now, we all know that a bleak outlook and cynicism can be turned into comic gold (and it frequently is), but Hastings comes across as an obnoxious jerk.
His comedy reflects this. Hastings begrudgingly makes attempts at being self-deprecating from time to time, but he quickly veers back towards simply making insults. He discusses his dislike for the way his girlfriend gives him oral sex, his dislike for children, his dislike for farms, his dislike for most animals, his dislike for people, etc, etc, etc. He is the sort of person who likes to complain about every minor thing that gets on his nerves, and I am the sort of person who would do everything in my power to leave if he tried to engage me in a conversation. Hastings seems to think we will find his shock-value routine funny, but he certainly doesn't seem to be a very good-humored fellow. Check out his website, where he throws a little fit about dirty words getting bleeped on Comedy Central before midnight.
Picture quality is perfectly adequate, with a rather red-faced Hastings standing against a bright blue background for the entire special. I was surprised that the special actually received 5.1 sound; this sort of thing usually gets a simple 2.0. That said, the 2.0 sound offered is a perfectly acceptable option unless you feel the need to hear some slightly more impressive claps and coughs. Hastings stays a little too close to his mic from time to time, causing some occasional distortion.
Apologies to Drew Hastings and all of his fans, but I simply didn't care for this one bit. It's not particularly offensive or horrible or excruciatingly bad...just very annoying. Had I caught any portion of this on television, I wouldn't have stuck around for more than two minutes. If you're the sort of person who loves those early morning shock jock shows where they make all those prank phone calls and complain about everything, you will probably enjoy this. As far this judge is concerned, Drew Hastings: Irked and Miffed is guilty.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Image Entertainment
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 63 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Drew Hastings Official Site