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The Best of Comedy Central Presents Uncensored 2 - comedy DVD / stand-up comedy DVD / television special DVD review
THE BEST OF COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS UNCENSORED 2 Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Swardson, Frank Caliendo
Directors: Paul Miller   Distributor: Comedy Central
DVD release:26 August 2008   Runtime: 176 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio (English - Dolby Digital Stereo), The Daily Show: Marines in Berkeley, The Colbert Report Tip/Wag Afghanistan, Reno 911! Terry's Fiancee

The Best of Comedy Central Presents 2 is pretty much a straightforward collection of eight stand-up routines. All eight comedians are funny, making this a good DVD to pop in if you need a laugh without having to sit through a whole movie.

Five of the comedians - Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia, Patton Oswalt, Nick Swardson and Daniel Tosh - do traditional stand-up routines. Frank Caliendo is perhaps the best impressionist working today. Steven Lynch performs with an acoustic guitar and performs songs that are funny but often take a bizarre and very dark turn. Zach Galifianakis' trademark is to play notes on a piano and create a running monologue that usually takes a bizarre turn, not dissimilar to the routine of Steven Wright.

All of the comedians have their moments. If I had to rank them, I think Lynch was my least favorite. His humor often took too dark and disturbing turn to me. Ironically, the other musician in the mix, Galifianakis, was perhaps my favorite, as his absurd monologue had me laughing often.

What's funny to one person might not be funny to another, but here are some personal highlights I recommend looking for:

  • Oswalt recalling coloring Easter eggs as a child.
  • Birbiglia showing the audience holiday cards he made as a child
  • Caliendo's amazing impressions, particularly of Robin Williams and Chris Farley
  • Swardson showing a picture of himself when he was seven and how he was trying to "seduce" the camera
  • Galifianakis on what he does when his Asian roommate enters a room, as well as a "ballet" he performs before a choir of ex-girlfriends

All told, this is a good DVD to put on late at night or on a lazy Sunday afternoon with nothing else to watch. I laughed out loud at least once at every routine, and there are a lot worse ways to spend your time besides having a good laugh.

Besides previews for other DVDs, there are a three "comedy quickies" offered from other shows and they are all pretty funny - one from The Daily Show (on Marines in Berkeley), one from The Colbert Report (on a conference call from President Bush to Afghanistan), and one from Reno 911! (in which male hustler Terry has a girlfriend). They are short, so I won't spoil what happens.

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reviewed by Trent Daniel
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