Just For Laughs Stand-Up Volume 2, On The Edge, features the Montreal International Comedy Festival gala performances by comedy's edgiest and funniest comics. What makes this stand-up comedy DVD a must is that you get the best sets and the edgy, adult oriented comedy without the blue language that some people object to (though how you can enjoy edgy comedy and cringe at dirty words at the same time is beyond me). You also get fourteen gala stand-up comedy performances by the best comics in the business. Just For Laughs Stand-Up Volume 2 On The Edge is better than a gala because you get to watch it in the comfort of your home and you get more comics on this comedy DVD than you would in a live gala show.
Just For Laughs Stand-Up Volume 2, On The Edge is a who's who of stand-up comics whose observations and jokes, even when about airplanes, go way beyond the usually safe stuff. Where else but here will you hear an airplane joke about Dave Attell's favorite plane crash? You also get some early Dane Cook material about the evils of Speak N' Spell and Simon and a second Dane Cook performance featuring more mature material -relatively speaking, this is Dane Cook after all--about leaving a legacy, relationships, a very weird bit about a car accident. You also get to hear Maria Bamford's great talent at voices -especially evident in her Miss America the stand-up comedienne bit-and experience as a temp. Why Maria Bamford does not do cartoon voice work (although she was in Stuart Little 2) is beyond me.
No stand-up comedy DVD that claims to feature comics on the edge is complete without the great Lewis Black, a personal favorite. This comedy DVD features his material about Nyquil, weird weather, eggs, and a very funny plea for Canada to invade the United States (Lewis, we want to but every time we ask permission to we are turned down. Sorry about that.). Lewis Black also appears in a second set here featuring his famous Starbucks bit.
Any stand-up comedy DVD that claims to show edgy comics can't be without Dave Attell so here again you get two performances by the balding one. A double does of the late Mitch Hedberg is also included here. Hedberg was a stand-up comic whose one-line observation comedy was surreal, intelligent, original, and definitely cool. Other edgy comedians here are Harland Williams, Jim Breuer, Greg Giraldo, and the always way over the top Sean Cullen who here does a very good bit about James Bond villains and James Bond movie themes.
The only criticism I can really make about the Just For Laughs DVDs is that it would be nice to have a performance date to go with each set.
Just For Laughs Stand-Up Volume 2 On The Edge is a must for any fan of stand-up comedy that goes beyond the usual stuff.
Dane Cook 4:43
Harland Williams 6:19
Maria Bamford 4:43
Lewis Black 7:16
Dave Attell 8:17
Mitch Hedberg 5:45
Jim Breuer 5:43
Mitch Fatel 5:45
Sean Cullen 7:00
Dave Attell 7:00
Lewis Black 4:18
Mitch Hedberg 5:45
Dane Cook 6:30
Greg Giraldo 5:45
Other Various Stand-Up Comics Reviews
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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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Before They Were Kings Volume 2: an interesting though not a must have stand-up comedy DVD.
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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
Man Alive - CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival: CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival show John Wing Jr, Glen Foster, others
Just For Laughs Vol 1 Best of The Uptown Comics: Uptown Comics Volume 1 is an excellent stand-up comedy DVD.
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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