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TV & sitcom DVDs - Sean Proudlove - Comedy Now! August 30th and 31st 2008 10 P.M.

Comedy Now! August 30th and 31st 2008 10 P.M.
Sean Proudlove Comedy Now!
CTV August 30th 2008 10 P.M.
The Comedy Network 31st 2008 10 P.M.

Canadian comic Sean Proudlove opens his Comedy Now! special with a good bit on going to the movies and the food stand. This is good, middle of the road material with a hint of an edge. It sets the tone for the rest of Proudlove's performance which airs August 30th and 31st on CTV and The Comedy Network respectively.

Sean Proudlove is a good but not remarkable stand-up comic. There is, sorry to say, something rather generic about his material. His Subway routine is a good example of that. The peeing all over the bathroom semi punch line shows Proudlove is not above getting a very easy laugh.

This is also true of the cookie bit. Granted, no one will ever beat Gary Gulman's take on the topic, but although this is a decent routine there is, again, something rather generic about it with a facile reference to going to the toilet tossed in. The missing cat bit also goes for a cheap toilet joke towards the end.

What I find most frustrating about Sean Proudlove is he seems to be a better comic than his material. There are many unexploited possibilities in his Comedy Now! performance. One is about getting the cat stoned. Another is about getting a year's supply of Kraft Dinner.

Sean Proudlove is a comic who seems to be hitting the wall between being a decent stand-up comedian and a good one.

Comedy Now! is a good series that gives young comics their first national TV exposure. I do wish, however, they did not glue the comedians to the center of the stage: it makes for a somewhat static performance. To his credit, Proudlove is the only one so far who does not seem totally glued to his mark.

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