Don Tjernagel makes Bobby Slayton sound like an unmolested choirboy. Being a long-time fan of this comic, nothing fazes me aside from a first listen to his newest stand-up comedy DVD, X Rated. This most offensive, quick witted, and very smart comic is modest: there should be more than one X in the title.
This is a low-budget production with the usual lighting and filming issues that come with that. Usually, I’ll bitch about it. Not this time. The material is that strong. Hell, just the Peanuts wet dream bit is worth the price of this DVD
X-Rated opens with “It’s happy no baby day. My girlfriend had her period!” followed by allusions to Rorschach tests, red wings, Ed Norton in Twilight, the Detroit hockey team, and beef jerky. If you do not know what “red wings” means this stand-up comedy is not for you, at all.
What also makes Don Tjernagel special is the thought behind the bits. How many comics can put Miley Cyrus and Sharon Tate in the same three minute bit about losing your cherry in a segue from the opening routine?
This is a mostly quick paced show with shorter than usual routines. This works and in three minutes you get glow-in-the-dark condoms, the Incredible Hulk, Star Wars, Michael J. Fox, dildo races, and Jesse Owens. Only Tjernagel has the smarts to tie all this in 4 minutes.
Other, sometimes looser bits connect audience complaints, born-again Christians, Jesus, sex and violence, and, believe it or not, an alien autopsy. The next bit on stereotypes greatly benefits from Tjernagel’s wickedly dirty mindset.
The longer form routine on racism once again ties amazingly eclectic references together and manages to both make you laugh and think.
This stand-up comedy DVD is titled X-Rated: Other bits involve the Kennedys and why hookers are an endangered species in Massachusetts, a dyslexic oedipal complex, deaf people sex, anal and gerbils, retarded gardeners, bestiality pedophiles and necrophiliacs. It is just as weird after that.
The one faux moment on this stand-up comedy DVD is the bit about the Canadian girl. She sounds like she is from Minnesota. One bit that doesn’t work for me is the secret lives of small towns. It is a good set up but is like some of Tjernagel’s conquests; messy and not tight enough because there are no hot blonde chicks in New England. The show ends on a downturn but there you go.
Other Don Tjernagel Reviews
American Infidel: "I would live to get really bad reviews, if any at all." Writes Don Tjernagel in his book American Infidel. We are willing to meet him half way: not a really bad review, but a review and, overall, a good one. American Infidel came along with a 3 comedy cd package of Don Tjernagel?s independently released comedy. We didn?t ask for the book but hey, we get it, we review it: that?s the policy.
Donzilla: This is not for the comedic faint of heart
Forbidden Comedy Of Don: stand-up comedy for adults
All American Jester (Harmless As A Prayer In School): this guy not only pushes the envelope, he shreds it.
Prick Vol. 1: Tjernagel is a very intelligent, erudite, socially aware comedian who can make you uncomfortable and laugh at the same time.
Prick 2: Solid stand-up comedy CD not for the easily offended
Don Tjernagel - Comic of the Week 01: Our first comic of the week for 2007
Prick 3: S'okay
Virginia Tech: A greatest hits comedy CD from the master of blue.
Smut: You can't get funnier and dirtier than this.
After Hours: The best adult audience comic ever.
Catharsis: Offensive butt funny
Filthy: Comic burns Qu ran on stage and lesser material.
The Worst of Donzilla: If Tjernagel does not offend you, you are brain dead.
Comedy Monster: does to good taste what Godzilla did to Tokyo