Bob Alper, What Are You ... A Comedian? Is the Pope a German shepherd? This independent release stand-up comedy DVD is really good stuff. Alper is a smart, family friendly stand-up comic who really knows how to tell a joke and doesn't know a bad one.
Though Alper's fans will recognize some material from his two CDs (Guaranteed Funny 101 Totally Clean Jokes and Rabbi/Stand-Up Comic (Really there is a lot of new comedy in the almost one hour long main feature on What Are You ... A Comedian?
The new material includes Rabbi Bob Alper's adventures adapting to life in Vermont, stories about his pets and his experiences in Israel and in various synagogues. The latter is where the comedian indulges in a few puns and quite a few very funny groaners.
This DVD is a must for anyone who likes stand-up, even more so if you like clean, intelligent comedy. The act looks effortless but it is obvious a lot of effort was put on this release. Production values wise What Are you ... A Comedian? shames many big studio releases. The camera work is really good, the picture and sound crystal clear, and the menus and so on fun and easy to use.
The menu is especially useful as it allows quick access to the bit you really want your friends to hear. Mine is Play All.
The only thing wrong with this independent release stand-up comedy DVD are the backdrop panels behind Alper: even my grandmother's curtains were not that ugly . . . and she was color blind.
Extra features on the Bob Alper comedy DVD are an interesting interview with some early clips and the comic performing his 33 best jokes. I do not know if there are thirty-three, I was busy laughing, but they are all excellent.
This independent release stand-up comedy DVD is gentile friendly so available at the Vatican Blockbuster. Otherwise, visit the comic's website for a video and an audio clip before you click the BUY button.
Other Bob Alper Reviews
Guaranteed Funny 101 Totally Clean Jokes: Guaranteed Funny 101 Totally Clean Jokes on one CD sounds like a gimmick. It is not.
Rabbi / Stand-up Comic (Really): Rabbi and stand-up comic doesn't sound like a funny combination but it is.