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David Cross: Bigger and Blackerer - stand-up comedy DVD / comedy special DVD review
DAVID CROSS: BIGGER AND BLACKERER Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 1/2 stars
Featuring: David Cross
Director: Lance Bangs   Studio: Sub Pop
DVD release: 25 May 2010   Runtime: 90 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC

DVD features: Audio (English - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), An Existence Predicated Upon Manufactured Necessity, Liveblogging!!!, An Unpopular Stance, The Most Surreal Thing I've Ever Experienced, How to Make Your Own Yogurt, Unnecessary Bonus Bullshit

David Cross: Bigger and Blackerer - live stand-up comedy special DVDIt's hard not to recognize David Cross. He's been in such films as Men in Black, Kung Fu Panda, The Curious George Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks, and such television shows as Mr. Show and Arrested Development. He's a funny guy and a charismatic screen presence.

In Bigger and Blackerer, Cross takes the stage for a stand-up performance in Boston. In it, he proves that he's not above doing airline humor; he takes a stab at religions, Whole Foods, intervention and heroin addicts, among other topics. It's a comedy show, and I quite enjoyed myself. I like David Cross to begin with, but if you're coming to this without any knowledge of the man, you should know that he's -gasp- a liberal. If you're not of a similar bent, you may not enjoy yourself.

The weakest bits involve an interaction with a plant in the theatre. One seems to be doing sign language at the side of the stage, and another is clacking loudly on a computer, "live-blogging" the event (both performances feature the same guy). While these bits are amusing, they take away from the performance flow, reminding me of a lame dolphin show I saw at the Shedd Aquarium years ago.

Extra features include some bits from other shows and some outtakes that couldn't be neatly edited into the show. There is also an Easter egg on the disc, which I'll let you find on your own - it's short but funny. The DVD comes with a free fold-out poster of the DVD art, sort of a velvet painting of Cross similar to a Ray Charles painting you may have seen. Don't think I'll have it framed, but thanks for the offer.

On the whole I enjoyed Bigger and Blackerer, and I may well watch it again, though I can't say there are a lot of bits I'll memorize to relate to friends.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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