CBC fairly regularly runs segments of its Winnipeg Comedy Festival on Friday nights and then often releases some of the shows as a stand-up comedy CD. This is the case for Man Alive, a tribute to men by various Canadian stand-up comics including greats like Glen Foster and John Wing Jr. The CD will be released in June 2006. Man Alive, by the way, echoes a long-time CBC television news and documentary show hosted by Roy Bonisteel.
Actor Peter Keleghan (The Newsroom) acts as MC for this tribute to the male of the species and does a pretty good job of it. Stand-up comic Glen Foster, That Canadian Guy, opens the show with a comedy routine on how the male species is slowly going to disappear over time. Foster does an excellent job of glorifying men and poking (no pun intended) women while revealing how in many ways the female of the species is superior.
A comparatively lesser offering is the comedy duo of Barry and Doug of The Tournament, a sort of Bob and Doug McKenzie duo. There isn't much here aside from Doug hitting on a female member of the audience (who is a very good sport about it) and having fun at David Suzuki's expense. I wonder if these guys will make it on the CD version of Man Alive. Young stand-up comic Greg Eckler does excellent observational comedy on men and sports.
Of course, no Winnipeg Comedy Festival offering would be complete without the great John Wing Jr. His stand-up comedy routine here is on his relationship with his father and being a "junior". Wing's usual blend of thoughtful and rather dark comedy shines once again. His subtle parallel between his father and the kind of father he is will definitely make you laugh.
Stand-up comic Simon B. Cotter is next on Man Alive at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. A lot of his material in this show is part of his standard set such as the real meaning of the word compromise when you are married and his excellent bit on having to get rid of his bachelor era furniture and his inability to dress himself.
Very unhandy man Jim McAleese shows off some of his construction projects. McAleese is a very good, audience friendly, and non-aggressive stand-up comic whose favorite target his himself.
Of course, no show about men would be complete without something about a man's favorite toy and best friend. Al Rae's monologue on his penis serves the purpose. This is witty and very funny stuff and features of course Rae's brand of self-deprecating humour. It is interesting to note that though these few words about the penis are fairly harmless they aired on prime-time Canadian television but could never air prime-time in the United States.
Man Alive, part of the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival series of hour-long comedy specials is definitely good stuff.
Other Various Stand-Up Comics Reviews
Play The Word - Volume 1: Merril Markoe, Rob Cohen, Julie Rottenberg, Adam Zweibel, Beth Lapides, Winnie Holzman, George Meyer
Play The Word - Volume 2: Jay Kogen, Cindy Chupack, Eric Gilliland, Beth Lapides, Julia Sweeny, Cindy Camponera, Rob Cohen
Before They Were Kings Volume 1: a comedy Dvd featuring some old sets has not aged a bit.
Before They Were Kings Volume 2: an interesting though not a must have stand-up comedy DVD.
The Big Black Comedy Show Volume 1: The Big Black Comedy Show Volume 1 is a very solid comedy DVD
The Big Black Comedy Show Volume 2: Big Black Comedy Volume 1 is far superior to this comedy DVD
Laffapalooza 5: not the best of the bunch but quite decent nonetheless
Laughing Matters: Bad director! Bad director!! Someone take her splicing kit away, now!
Drive By Comedy: a pretty good sample style audio book comedy CD
The Naughty Show Bad Girls Of Comedy: Kim Cea, Stella Stolper, Lisa Ann Walter, Kate Rigg, Shayma Tash, Robin Montague. Ex adult film star director, limp product, no money shot.
World's Greatest Stand-Up Comedy Collection: World's greatest stand-up comedy DVD collection. They are all there.
Redneck Comedy Roundup: skip over the many Engvall tracks and enjoy the other stand-up comics
Invite Them Up: 4 hours on 3 comedy CDs and 1 DVD, hard to beat
Open Mic: behind-the-scenes documentary about the stand-up comedy biz
Just For Laughs Vol 1 Best of The Uptown Comics: Uptown Comics Volume 1 is an excellent stand-up comedy DVD.
Just For Laughs Stand-Up Vol 2 On The Edge: Comedy Festival gala performances by comedy's edgiest,funniest
The Good,The Bad, And The Drugly: Major stand-up comedy artists do very different stuff.
Un-Cabaret - The Un & Only: Decent not quite comedy CD
10,000 Laughs : Best of the Boston Comedy Festival: Very good stand-up comedy CD features 16 stand-up comics and not a bad set in the bunch.
Comedy Death-Ray: A different comedy concept 2 CD set with Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, David Cross, and many others.
Cutting Edge Comedians of the 60s and 70s DVD - Capsule Review: Great Stand-up comedy TV clip collection.
Cutting Edge Comedians of the 60s and 70s - Full Review: DVD with rare TV clips of comedy greats like Cosby, Newhart, Carlin, etc
Indian Invasion Comedy: Buffet style DVD featuring Mark Saldana, Bijai Nathan, Rajiv Satyal, Dalia, and Vidur Kapur.
Katt Williams presents Katthouse Comedy: Ordinary stand-up comedy DVD with Red Grant, Luenell, and Melanie Comarcho
National Lampoon Live Un-Scripted with Frank Caliendo: Buffet style stand-up comedy CD with Frank Caliendo, John DiResta, Bert Kreischer, Tess, and Steve Byrne
Comics Without Borders - Season One: Russell Peters hosts 18 comics in stand-up comedy variety pack
Best of Montreal Comedy: Good variety pack of up-and-coming Montreal comics
Yuk Yuk's Guide To Canadian Stand-up: Yuk Yuk's owner presents the history of Canadian stand-up comedy in must have 5 CD audio book set featuring more than 50 stand-up comics.
The Awkward Comedy Show: Buffet style stand-up comedy DVD featuring 5 nerdy Black comics
A 420 Friendly Comedy Special: Very good comedy but not as much pot as you'd expect.
Comedy Juice All-Stars: Very good compilation from Stand Up! Records aside from Eddie Pepitone