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TV & sitcom DVDs - Ron Sparks - Comedy Now! July 19th and 20th 10 P.M.

Comedy Now! July 19th and 20th 10 P.M.
Ron Sparks Comedy Now!
CTV July 19th 2008 10 P.M.
The Comedy Network July 20th 2008 10 P.M.

Canadian stand-up Ron Sparks ‘ Comedy Now! performance left me colder than January in Winnipeg ... during the Ice Age. Sparks is a one or two line joke comic more than a story teller comedian. I am quite partial to the latter but that is not why this show airing on CTV July 19th and on The Comedy Network July 20th at 10 P.M. doesn't cut it. Sparks is quite stiff in both delivery and body language -he barely moves an inch during the entire show-- and his material is like leftovers that have been microwaved for too long.

There is little rhyme or reason to the jokes here and some, like where would you bury the survivors after a place crash, older than flight. Some of Ron Sparks' bits almost work. His roller coaster and D-Day video game are good but either too long or explained too much, an odd thing for a one liner comic.

Sparks' kissing a smoker being like kissing an ashtray also runs much too long especially since it fails to be funny right from the beginning. His St. Patrick's Day bit is pointless.

I had my hopes up a bit when Sparks began one routine with "Something funny happened...." No, it did not.

Ron Sparks is an oxymoron.

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