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Bill Burr: Let It Go

Image Entertainment // 2010 // 65 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Roy Hrab (Retired) // December 18th, 2010

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The Charge

See you out on the road…

The Case

Bill Burr (Just For Laughs: Over The Edge) is an angry man. He swears a lot. He is loud. And he is a really funny comic. Bill Burr: Let It Go captures a performance given by Burr at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco. The show presents Burr at his best.

Burr attacks a wide range of material. He starts off with some stories from the road and an observation of a person who, lacking napkins, wiped their mouth with a fast food bag. He then goes on to explain why being a mother is an easy job, and proceeds to explain how the position of a profanity in a sentence can make you unintentionally sound like a racist. He complains about stores and shops that make customers do tasks, like self-checkout and applying condiments. The show later covers the problems of being a tough guy, getting a dog with his girlfriend, and why old men have haunted looks.

It's all quite funny and sometimes downright hilarious. I laughed out loud many times. The bits about repressed male emotion and old men are particularly good, partly because Burr's detailed descriptions make them seem believable, or at least built around some hint of truth. Another thing that makes Burr's humor work is his over-the-top delivery (something that doesn't always work with some comics). This aggressive and agitated approach embraces the sensational nature of jokes. Last, Burr's jokes are built on stories and observations, and not gimmicks or punch lines.

The audio and video quality is standard for a live performance DVD release. The picture is clean and the colors solid. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio is clear.

The extras include a set of outtakes, scenes from other Burr performances (including an amusing clip with Burr getting into a conversation with a blind audience member), and a video of Burr doing his weekly podcast.

Bill Burr comedy is not for everyone's taste. And having written many reviews of stand-up comics, I know many will disagree with my assessment whether positive or negative. However, for what it's worth, this is good stuff.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• None
Running Time: 65 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Comedy
• Performance
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Bonus Footage
• Podcast


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