Lots of things are crazy good. Judge David Johnson is pretty sure this laugh-free comedy special isn't one of them.
I've never heard of this gentleman before, but evidently he has a following vast enough to earn a Warner Brothers DVD release of an hour-long special. Carlos Oscar is a Latino comic, whose routine focuses primarily on PG-rated fare, like raising kids, coping with his wife and lamenting the epidemic of childhood obesity. The program is free from profanity and stocked full of Family Channel-appropriate observational humor.
And it's not funny at all.
Not once did I laugh through the entire milquetoast routine. And, yeah, "you just don't get it" cultural difference could usually play a part in that kind of criticism, but objectively speaking, Carlos Oscar just wasn't that good a comedian. His delivery was simultaneously rushed and stilted (he would trail off with "you know" leaving the jokes often unfinished in mid-line) and his high-pitched "funny" voice was profoundly grating.
Beneath those stylistic shortcomings were jokes that were simply unfunny. There's the gag about decorating the house with your wife and being forced to move things all the time or how kids play too many video games or pointing out that the back tattoos that are all the rage for the ladies these days are going to look awful in 50 years. You've heard variations on these riffs I'm sure, probably even from your wannabe comedian co-worker. Guess what: he's probably funnier than Carlos Oscar.
Look, I'm not angling to pick no the guy because he really strikes me as a decent dude and his comedy has a positive, optimistic spin. Adding to his family-friendly material, he keeps his delivery clean, so it's safe to park your butts in the couch with the rugrats to watch.
If only he were remotely funny. If I had been able to vomit forth even a chortle or two I'd be more than happy to recommend this disc to that most stand-up-comedy-starved of audiences, families, but I couldn't in good conscience; I would just foresee everyone sitting there, straight-faced, their tempers flaring at me—the reviewer that urged a purchase—and concocting schemes to seek vengeance, perhaps by snipping the brake lines on my Nissan Altima or kidnapping my dog or setting fire to my riding lawnmower…no, sorry, it's just not worth it. Skip this unfunny DVD.
As for the non-feature portion of our disc review: video comes in a surprising 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, the usual 2.0 stereo sound pushes the audio and a couple of short behind-the-scenes interviews are it for the extras.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
• Behind-the-Scenes Interviews
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