Monday, July 27, 2009
This Week in Comedy: Scott Baio Edition
It’s a banner week for releases, mostly because of what’s happening on Friday, and of course the momentous, celebratory release of the final season of Charles in Charge! That’s right, you Baioholics out there, the hilarious and touching final episodes of that classic internationally beloved sitcom are finally being released in pristine condition on DVD! REJOICE! REJOICE!
Funny People – For comedy nerds, this is the biggest movie of the summer, bigger than anything featuring transforming racist robots or teenage wizards in love. Judd Apatow’s 2.5 hour dramedy features virtually every great comic talent out there, including Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Jason Schwartzman, Ken Jeong, Andy Dick, Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford, Brian Posehn, and of course Aziz Ansari as his now-infamous RAAAAAANDY character. Obviously we cannot wait to see this thing and we’ll have a full review up Friday.
Miss March – If you’re looking for “saddest DVD release of the week”, this is probably it. Written by and starring Trevor Moore and Zach Cregger from the increasingly hilarious and under-appreciated sketch series The Whitest Kids U Know, Miss March is a major letdown and has nary a funny moment in it, with Moore in particular playing a very grating “zany” character that just doesn’t work. It was their first feature, however, and it’s our hope that this one misfire doesn’t prevent them from giving it another shot. Thankfully, another season of Whitest Kids is on the way – season three had some absolute gems in it – so we can all put Miss March behind us.
Bart Got A Room – A little-seen (and by that we mean "seen by virtually no one") “quirky indie high school comedy” featuring William H. Macy and Cheryl Hines. Notably, it’s also the first performance in a feature film by YouTube celebrity movie re-enactor Brandon Hardesty, who is impossible to not at least like a little bit. It’s on DVD now, and will probably be available streaming soon if you’re so inclined.
Jim Breuer: Let’s Clear the Air – Are you a big Jim Breuer fan? Do you have the John Belushi Animal House poster up on your dorm room wall? Does your desk chair smell of bong water? Perhaps you’ve got tickets to the next Dave Matthews Band concert? Maybe your Chapelle’s Show DVDs are getting a little scratched up? Well, then wipe the crumbs from your shirt and get your ass down to Best Buy to pick up Jim Breuer’s latest Comedy Central special on DVD!
Charles in Charge Season 5 – This is the release you’re most looking forward to. ADMIT IT.