Judge Brett Cullum has a sordid confession to make: he is a fan of queer Southern Baptist comedy.
Del-iver us from evil.
This is a case where a performer's disclaimer that they are "off Paxil and don't give a s**t anymore" proves to be completely true. Del Shores: Sordid Confessions is a politically incorrect standup set filmed in Dallas during a recent whirlwind tour of the United States. You have to know at this juncture that Del was recently divorced and hellbent on getting some therapy by letting it all hang out in a raucous torrent of f-bombs and off-kilter observations that only a Southern Baptist Sissy can come up with. He tells stories much in the same way his actor friend Leslie Jordan did with Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down The Pink Carpet, and it's refreshing to hear the playwright and scriptwriter talk in his own voice for an hour and a half. Nothing is taboo here, including Bristol Palin, midgets, being a slutty gay guy, strange penises, getting stoned while listening to Christian rock, washing your dick, Republican cast members of Saturday Night Live, Queer as Folk's Randy Harris, fat or hot homeless people, where he gets his material, bacon on veggies, and anything else that irks him.
This DVD is presented by Breaking Glass Pictures which also released Del Shores: My Sordid Life, his previous standup routine, which this one follows up nicely. Extras include footage from the dressing room before the show where Del meets friends and fans and offers make-up tips. There are interviews with the audience members at the performance conducted by a radio talk show host. We also get a funny look at the cover photo shoot with some models in briefs on either side of Mr. Shores. Next up is a slide show that mixes still photography with the opening sequence. There is also the official trailer and a handful of trailers for other Breaking Glass releases. The transfer is fine for a live show. It was shot on location in a comedy club, so there are some of the issues that come with that. The end result looks fine and the sound is okay, but now and then audience interferes or a shot seems slightly off.
If you're a fan of Sordid Lives, Queer as Folk, or Southern Gothic queer comedy you'll love Del and his down home gay ramblings which really stem from his good Christian upbringing and a recent divorce. He's come out of his shell as of late, and it's interesting to hear his take on everything as a man who has made a mint off mining his insecurities about being homosexual and then coming to terms with it. He's one of those guys who you'd love to sit down with to share a bottle of wine and gab, and this is absolutely an easy way to do it. The only thing that would make it better is if Del could show up and spot you at the gym and then take you out for a candlelit dinner with go-go boys in the background. The thing I love about Mr. Del Shores the most is that he allows himself to live authentically and talk openly about his experiences. He's a hoot!
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