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BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR RIDES AGAIN

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, Ron White
Director: CB Harding
Video: 1.85:1 Widescreen & 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Studio: Paramount
Features: None
Length: 106 Minutes
Release Date: December 7, 2004

A LARRY THE CABLE GUY MOMENT: That’s worse than a three legged dog trying to bury a turd on a frozen lake.

Film ****

I am a recent convert to the comedic stylings of one Mr. Larry The Cable Guy.  Let me set the scene for you:  I’m sitting in my office one day listening to Britney Spears on my CD player (please refrain from hurling insults at me for my choice of music). I’m bopping along to “Oops I did It Again” when a package arrives for me.  It is a CD with a simple label, Larry The Cable Guy. 

At this point I’m wondering who sent me this CD and what information could it possibly contain.  It was then that I began hearing the mission impossible theme in the back of mind (overdramatic much? Yes…yes I am!).

In any event, I popped the CD in and before I knew it, the entire business and finance side of my office was soon peering through my door trying to find out why I was yelling and crying in the middle of the day.  I usually reserve that behavior for just before 5:00 PM!  

When I saw that Larry had teamed up with his old friends Jeff, Bill and Ron, I had to see what the Blue Collar Comedy Tour was all about.  I wasn’t disappointed and neither was my funny bone! 

Live in Denver for the second round of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, these four guys brought down the house with their wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. 

I didn’t realize I knew who Bill Engvall was until he took the stage and started telling stories and jokes.   If the name doesn’t ring any bells, try one of his trademark jokes on for size:

BILL ENGVALL:  I was heading out for a show one time and had to take a plane to get to my destination.  The plane is taxiing down the runway and a deer comes out of nowhere, and we hit it with the plane. 

I was shocked…I call my wife up on the cell phone and said Honey, you are NOT going to believe this, we just hit a deer with our airplane…there was a long moment of silence on the other end of the line, then she said, oh my god, were you on the ground?

I said, NOPE Santa was taking one last ride…here’s your sign!”

Yep, he’s the guy who made himself famous a few years ago by coming out with a comedic song talking about giving people signs like the ones you hang in your car that say “Baby On Board”, but his signs read “Stupid.”  

Now Ron White I had honestly never heard of.  Mr. White’s brand of comedy bordered on the gross at times, but standing their smoking his cigar, and sipping what appeared to be Bourbon, I doubt Mr. White cared whether he was gross or not, so long as he got them all to laugh, and laugh…they did!

RON WHITE: The Chinese have a space program now….it’s not like the US program, because in the Chinese program TANG….is one of the astronauts.

You’ve gotta love a comedian who can fall back on an old standard joke and still get great laughs!

Okay, I’m not sure if it’s possible to NOT know who Jeff Foxworthy is.   He is the king of the “You Might Be A Redneck If” line.  Foxworthy came to comedic power in the early 90s with his stand up routines, TV show, and songs based on his redneck humor. 

This time around Mr. Foxworthy is leaning more on his wife and family for the laughs…here, let me give you a sneak peak!

JEFF FOXWORTHY:  My wife’s favorite TV show is Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.  It’s that show where women dump their boyfriend off for the weekend with the gay men, and they clean him up, clean his apartment, and show him how to cook a romantic dinner.  This does NOT work in reverse!  Men cannot dump their girlfriend off for the weekend with five hookers and say, just slut her up a little bit!

When I heard that one I laughed so hard I almost snorted the water I was drinking out my nose. 

Last but certainly not least is Larry The Cable Guy himself.  Larry has his own brand of humor and NOTHING is off limits, and I mean nothing!!   Whether he’s making fun of his granny for getting the walking farts, or his overly large sister who got a navel piercing that they turned into a hitch to pull her away from the buffet with, you’ll be able to find something to laugh about. 

I wouldn’t recommend this DVD for children under the age of 13.  However, anyone 13 or older will definitely get a lot of fun out of this foursome! 

Video ***

This DVD was presented in both the 1.85:1 Widescreen format and 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen format.  

So, what do you get when you cross good stand up comedy, with great lighting, no visible dirt or graininess, and very, VERY few flaws?  The Blue Collar Comedy Tour on DVD or course!

Audio ***

The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound resonated really well on this DVD.  The levels remained constant throughout, even though there were four different comedians, with different styles and tones of voice.  

There were no drop outs, and even when the audience lost it and couldn’t contain their guffaws, you never missed anything the comedians were saying.

Features (zero stars)

Nothing.

Summary:

This DVD contains comedy for just about any fan.  You’ll laugh until it hurts, then laugh some more.  The Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again on DVD, and that’s no joke!

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