Comic burns Quran on stage to close show. This is the headline for Filthy, the latest Don Tjernagel DVD. He also uses the Quran as a coaster throughout the show. The credits for Filthy open with “This is an adult stand-up comedy show and will contain material that may be offensive to some people”. Well, DUH!, look at the title. Then again using “may” and “some” is not truthful. Normally, if Don Tjernagel does not make you squirm it is because you are dead. Normally.
Filthy is a lesser offering. Tjernagel has not really upped his game in a while. Though he excels at over the top offensive, material and has the smarts for very good social and political material with a nasty bite, the stand-up on this DVD is of the kind you hear at any nasty show.
Tjernagel s material includes fucking Pink, Justin Bieber, and other artificial creatures. There are a couple of rants about being too accepting towards mean people here but they are quite mild. The miscarried fetus in an aquarium bit is very funny and offensive.
The routine about Sex and the City being the cause of the economic crisis is almost good but is killed by a couple of Jewish conspiracy jokes that had no set up and no pay off.
I am most annoyed by the segments on how dirty comedy is not accepted and so on. Preaching to the converted is like pissing in a pool.
The most annoying thing on this stand-up comedy DVD is blue and green light patterns revolving in the background that make it look like the comic is stuck in an aquarium under a disco ball. That damn background is really, really annoying.
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.
X-Rated: The world's best and smartest dirty comic.
Catharsis: Offensive butt funny
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