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Stand-up DVD - Various Stand-Up Comics - Laffapalooza 5

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Earthquake, Kevin Hart, Deon Cole,
Howie Bell, Dennis Gaxiola, Dominique
Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick
Hosted by Jamie Foxx
Image Entertainment 2005
42 minutes
15 minute interviews extra feature
Distributed in Canada by Paradox Entertainment Group


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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