It is always cool to discover new comics. I am also a big fan of the buffet style stand-up comedy DVD like Indian Invasion Comedy. It introduced me to Vidur Kapur, Vijai Nathan, Mark Saldana, Dalia, and Rajiv Satyal. None of these stand-up comics are quite ready for an HBO special but most of them are reliable headliner candidates. Indian Invasion Comedy is a very enjoyable stand-up DVD. The widescreen format makes for a visually pleasing experience.
There is of course a lot of cross-cultural comedy on Indian Invasion Comedy. The material is good stuff and refreshing but at the same time the cultural humor does get a tad wee bit much after 2 or 3 comics and 5 or 6 Indian accent, cheapness, stealing, and 7-11 references so this is a comedy DVD best enjoyed in segments. The segments themselves are quite good and the comics have varied material and styles.
I am not a big fan of the pre-set interview clip that precedes each performance. I am of the gimme the damn set school of stand-up comedy. Fortunately these clips here are only about 10 seconds long The real weak point of this DVD is the comics are good but the audience is before global warming arctic cold and politically sensitive so the comedians have to work it a bit harder than they should.
A neat thing about this stand-up comedy DVD is the menu allows you to choose which comic to watch from the get go instead of having to dig behind the first screen. I started with Mark Saldana (and the dirty part of the show) and this may be why I enjoyed him most. He is the most solid, original, and consistent of the stand-ups on Indian Invasion Comedy. His Indian superheroes and NASCAR sex bits are really good.
Canadian Indian comic Dalia has to overcome the cute factor and is a bit uneven. I already overdosed on brain on drugs commercial jokes ten years ago but her abbreviation bit is absolutely solid and original (though abbreviation can be abbreviated to abbr).
Vijai Nathan is a breath of fresh air stand-up comedy wise. Her material is very original and she knows how to surprise with her punchlines. I especially liked her bit with her mom using commercial tag lines to answer all her daughter's questions. Her dating material is also very different and excellent.
Vidur Kapur is the one comedian I cannot warm up to on Indian Invasion Comedy. His material does not connect with me. Not only is it all over the place but there is a certain aggressive self-centered woe is me yet I am better than you tone to it that irritates. Still, his Kama sutra bit is good.
The longest set belongs to Rajiv Satyal. He is very good and original. Strangely enough though his autobiographical cross-cultural material is a little better than the other comics' on Indian Invasion Comedy and he gets the audience to warm up a bit he isn't as solid and consistent as Mark Saldana or Vijai Nathan. It may be because it could use a bit more structure or because he has, by far, the longest set on this stand-up DVD He does slip in some of the edgiest stuff and elicits the biggest groans and ooohs from the audience.
Indian Invasion Comedy is a good buffet style stand-up DVD. If you are a comedy fan, it is a good introduction to some pretty good comics you probably do not get to see on a regular basis.
Other Various Stand-Up Comics Reviews
Play The Word - Volume 1: Merril Markoe, Rob Cohen, Julie Rottenberg, Adam Zweibel, Beth Lapides, Winnie Holzman, George Meyer
Play The Word - Volume 2: Jay Kogen, Cindy Chupack, Eric Gilliland, Beth Lapides, Julia Sweeny, Cindy Camponera, Rob Cohen
Before They Were Kings Volume 1: a comedy Dvd featuring some old sets has not aged a bit.
Before They Were Kings Volume 2: an interesting though not a must have stand-up comedy DVD.
The Big Black Comedy Show Volume 1: The Big Black Comedy Show Volume 1 is a very solid comedy DVD
The Big Black Comedy Show Volume 2: Big Black Comedy Volume 1 is far superior to this comedy DVD
Laffapalooza 5: not the best of the bunch but quite decent nonetheless
Laughing Matters: Bad director! Bad director!! Someone take her splicing kit away, now!
Drive By Comedy: a pretty good sample style audio book comedy CD
The Naughty Show Bad Girls Of Comedy: Kim Cea, Stella Stolper, Lisa Ann Walter, Kate Rigg, Shayma Tash, Robin Montague. Ex adult film star director, limp product, no money shot.
World's Greatest Stand-Up Comedy Collection: World's greatest stand-up comedy DVD collection. They are all there.
Redneck Comedy Roundup: skip over the many Engvall tracks and enjoy the other stand-up comics
Invite Them Up: 4 hours on 3 comedy CDs and 1 DVD, hard to beat
Open Mic: behind-the-scenes documentary about the stand-up comedy biz
Man Alive - CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival: CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival show John Wing Jr, Glen Foster, others
Just For Laughs Vol 1 Best of The Uptown Comics: Uptown Comics Volume 1 is an excellent stand-up comedy DVD.
Just For Laughs Stand-Up Vol 2 On The Edge: Comedy Festival gala performances by comedy's edgiest,funniest
The Good,The Bad, And The Drugly: Major stand-up comedy artists do very different stuff.
Un-Cabaret - The Un & Only: Decent not quite comedy CD
10,000 Laughs : Best of the Boston Comedy Festival: Very good stand-up comedy CD features 16 stand-up comics and not a bad set in the bunch.
Comedy Death-Ray: A different comedy concept 2 CD set with Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, David Cross, and many others.
Cutting Edge Comedians of the 60s and 70s DVD - Capsule Review: Great Stand-up comedy TV clip collection.
Cutting Edge Comedians of the 60s and 70s - Full Review: DVD with rare TV clips of comedy greats like Cosby, Newhart, Carlin, etc
Katt Williams presents Katthouse Comedy: Ordinary stand-up comedy DVD with Red Grant, Luenell, and Melanie Comarcho
National Lampoon Live Un-Scripted with Frank Caliendo: Buffet style stand-up comedy CD with Frank Caliendo, John DiResta, Bert Kreischer, Tess, and Steve Byrne
Comics Without Borders - Season One: Russell Peters hosts 18 comics in stand-up comedy variety pack
Best of Montreal Comedy: Good variety pack of up-and-coming Montreal comics
Yuk Yuk's Guide To Canadian Stand-up: Yuk Yuk's owner presents the history of Canadian stand-up comedy in must have 5 CD audio book set featuring more than 50 stand-up comics.
The Awkward Comedy Show: Buffet style stand-up comedy DVD featuring 5 nerdy Black comics
A 420 Friendly Comedy Special: Very good comedy but not as much pot as you'd expect.
Comedy Juice All-Stars: Very good compilation from Stand Up! Records aside from Eddie Pepitone