The Big Black Comedy Show, Volume 1 is 88 minutes of high-energy, funny as hell, kick ass, killer rhythm comics. Unlike other similar stand-up comedy DVDs, there is not a single bad or average set, each comic, Esau, Doug Williams, De Ray Davis, and Chris Spencer are very different one from the other and the mc, in this case the very funny Mo'nique, does more than tell a few of her funny jokes before introducing the next comedian and manages to react and comment on the set of the young Black comic you have just seen.
Mo'nique is a very funny, take no prisoners, comedienne who has the energy and quickness of mind to keep up and follow up the young Black comics featured on this very good DVD. The opening act is Esau. His take on rap music and how funny it would be if R n' B artists did to rap singers what they do to the standards catalogue is comic. His very aggressive set also includes jokes about roaches, dating in L.A. and dating crazy bitches.
In the pre-set interview with Rodney Spencer (the only lull on this DVD) Doug Williams has the best line of the evening: "The big white comedy show makes you famous and rich; the big black comedy show makes you famous." Although Black comics joking about the phone being turned off is not particularly original, Doug Williams quickly moves on to bad relationship jokes that are original, material on how hard it can be to support Black businesses, and a very solid bit about the advantages of hangin' with people better off than you.
The star of the evening is without a doubt De Ray Davis (you have seen him in Barbershop and Barbershop 2). His jokes about being broke are original and funny, he turns jokes about yo momma on their head to make them about his momma, and he manages to talk about going to war while still being funny and keeping the audience on his side. De Ray is a very, very dark stand-up comedian and his set on death is without a doubt the funniest yet darkest bit I have heard in a long time. The Big Black Comedy Show Volume 1 is worth getting just for this guy.
Chris Spencer closes the evening with a routine on the Passion of Christ and other religion related material: "The cover of the bible is Black but the inside is not." His bit about a Black waitress at the last supper is going to be a classic. Spencer also talks about the annoying tendency white kids have of saying nigguh, gay ganstas, gays. His funniest bit is about some Black dudes competing for who is the poorest. It is a very funny and original Black version of the famous Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen skit and, again, although it is a bit short, worth the price of this DVD.
The Big Black Comedy Show Volume 1 is a very solid comedy DVD. The best of its kind I have seen in a fairly long while.
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