Laffapalooza! 5 Live from Hot'lanta is a short and tight comedy DVD. Host Jamie Foxx does a bit of stand-up to warm the crowd up before introducing the first comedian and then the show goes on at lightning speed. At only 42 minutes, Laffapalooza 5 is a bit short but the comics are good and the bonus feature, the interviews segment, is quite interesting.
Dennis Gaxiola, a Latino stand-up comic, opens Laffapalooza! 5 with a very short (and clipped) 3-minute set featuring jokes about ED and a very funny bit about the differences between ethnic groups when it comes to what is a miracle.
Dominique, who we had the pleasure of seeing a few years back in the Uptown Comics show at the Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival, has a lightning fast patter that is a bit disconcerting at first. Still, her set is solid with jokes about getting high, working, praying, and a funny bit about what if your neighbor is America's Most Wanted of the week.
Deon Cole has an interesting shtick where he comes out with a pen and pad and crosses out jokes as he tells them. His opening joke about a Gucci belt is okay but he quickly gets hot with a bit about when comics bomb followed by very short jokes about Tiger Woods, Jerry Springer, and a longer funny joke about being mugged during a Chicago blizzard and in New York City.
Next up, Howie Bell whose take on how Black people are mean, especially his Mamma and grandma kills. He also does a very original set about nursery rhymes and black nursery rhymes.
The great Earthquake does a very short five and a half minute set. You get his Planet of the Apes bit, a funny joke about having his own black show, a very original bit about Jesus being black but Noah being white, and a standard about his daughter's pajama party.
Closer Kevin Hart's set is all about marriage and involves fighting over a Playstation. Aside from the battered husband bit, this is your standard relationship material. Funny but not brilliant.
For some reason, Laffapalooza! 5 closes with rap stars Doug E Fresh and Slick Rick. Don't ask.
Not to be missed on Laffapalooza! 5, Live From Hot'lanta is the bonus section. It is a fifteen some minute segment where various Laffapalooza! stand-up comics past and present are asked: I knew I was funny when, previous jobs, why comedy?, my influences (of course Richard Pryor shows up but few mention Bill Cosby and nobody mentions George Carlin) and a very interesting worst moment in comedy and best moment in comedy segment.
Laffapalooza! 5 is not the best of the bunch but quite decent nonetheless
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Play The Word - Volume 2: Jay Kogen, Cindy Chupack, Eric Gilliland, Beth Lapides, Julia Sweeny, Cindy Camponera, Rob Cohen
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The Awkward Comedy Show: Buffet style stand-up comedy DVD featuring 5 nerdy Black comics
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