Judge David Johnson thinks it's sheer coincidence that "phat" stands for "Paul Harvey's Absolutely Terrifying."
Comedian Guy Torry has put together this DVD series showcasing the movers and shakers of the "urban comedy" world. His explicit goal is to seek out talent that relies not just on in-your-face exhortations and outrageous statements (read: lots and lots and lots of profanity), but also incorporates cleverness and wit.
I'll invoke a degree of political incorrectness here and say I'm not a huge fan of African-American comedy. Aside from Chris Rock, I'm just not a fan. This isn't a comment on the validity of the comedy, just a personal preference. I honestly think one's embracing of a particular type of comedy is dictated in part by culture, much like musical taste.
All right, enough of this PC maneuvering. I'll cut to the chase and say that, for the most part, I, 27-year-old white male New Hampshire Resident David Johnson, found this disc pretty funny.
Torry in some degree did succeed in garnering stand-ups who have sown wit and cleverness into their routines: Rodney Perry, Joey Wells, Joe Blount, and Leslie. Their performances are still outrageous, punctuated by much profanity, and focus mainly on African-American issues, but were far from being starved of quality jokes. Do I find Guy Torry, Rodney Perry, Joey Wells, Joe Blount, and Leslie funnier than Brian Regan or John Heffron? No, but I didn't sit in front of the TV tight-lipped. That's gotta be worth something, right?
The program runs for 75 minutes. Each performer does an approximately 15-minute set, with Torry, as host (and funniest one of the night), opening the festivities. In between sets, Torry introduces each performer, talking a bit about why he or she is part of Phat Comedy Tuesdays.
The entire affair is presented in full-frame with a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix. Sound and video quality are both adequate. A surprisingly meaty batch of special features is included on the disc. Torry talks at length in several featurettes about his purpose for Phat Comedy Tuesdays, and the comedians themselves offer candid conversations.
Overall, this is a pretty funny disc that will obviously hold more of an appeal for fans of urban comedy. The comedians are talented and boast a repertoire of funny bits. Make no mistake, however: This isn't comedy for the kids. Language is still coarse, and the primary comedy fodder resides squarely in the adult world, if you know what I mean.
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