Judge David Johnson thinks his life would make a great reality show. Or maybe not.
Reality television on crack.
National Lampoon presents this compendium of reality show take-offs that sports everything from whores to grown men eating dog food.
Facts of the Case
This set is advertised as a collection of potential reality shows that were never given the green light, but instead it's a series of sketches, faux TV spots, and hidden camera hijinks produced by The Jay and Tony Show.
Here's a selection of some of the stand-outs:
• He Said, She Said
• Amazing Racist (Parts One and Two)
• Caught Stealing
• Take That Drug!
• Casting Couch
• The Whore
• Old Age Home
• Dying Dave
• Psych Ward
Setting aside the obvious falsehood that these aren't true shows that had been pitched to networks, what you're left with is a batch of halfway amusing sketches. This is actually the funniest National Lampoon disc I've seen in a while. Between half-baked stand-up comedy and stultifying college/high school comedy dreck, I was ready to write off anything with National Lampoon stamped on it as absolutely disposable.
Lost Reality is a refreshing change of pace for the solar system's seeming leading producer of debauchery starring adolescents. Here, we simply have adolescent debauchery.
The funniest bits here are Caught Stealing and Casting Couch, because they appear to be authentic hidden camera gags. Caught Stealing pits two idiots against each other in a ridiculous thievery challenge. So ridiculous, it really stretches the chance this was real, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. I mean, come on, this guy leaves an adult video store with a two-foot dildo shoved down his pants!
Casting Couch is a sad statement on either (a) the grossly disproportionate supply and demand in the acting industry or (b) the utter inanity of wannabe actresses. Watching these girls, who apparently believe that reading lines topless or with their bra hiked up will lead to legitimate acting gigs, makes me sad, but also made me laugh. Then again, maybe that's how things are done in Hollywood. I live in New Hampshire.
The rest of the disc is pretty uneven, but errs more on the side of "funny" than "sucks polar bear butt," with a touch of "revolting" thrown in (watching a guy lick up his own puke or take a dump in his pants does not hilarity make).
Since it's a collection of different sketches filmed in different styles (from amateur video to a cleaner, sharper stock), the image quality varies. The full-screen transfer holds up okay overall. A Dolby Digital 2.0 track gets the job done like it should.
Who would have though I'd watch a National Lampoon disc produced this century and laugh?
Guilty of misrepresenting its product, but released on good behavior.
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