Pat Brown, the lone female in the Atlanta show, does five funny minutes on being single in Atlanta, cell phones (with a Bluetooth story that may be a little too familiar to some of us), and a speaker at Coretta King’s funeral. Following Brown, Anthony Anderson brings Emmanuel Lewis up from the audience for a dance challenge.
Kevin Hart covers muscle-builders, gyms, fights, working out, and fears about his 18-month-old daughter. He hits his stride when he talks about two of his phobias, gnats and dolphins (particularly a racist dolphin that tried to kill him in a dolphin tank). Hart had me laughing out loud when he went into some encounters he’s had with large gnats.
Corey Miller shows us the differences between energetic dances of the past and lazy dances that are currently popular. He is at his funniest when he does an ad for GEICO starring a Jamaican gecko. His four minutes ended far too soon. We also get an exceptionally short sample of Maronzio Vance who tells of an amusing road rage incident, and how pride sometimes works against him. Talent wrapped up the show by doing something I thought was impossible, being funny about 9/11. His secret? The jokes were not about terrorists and their victims or their politics, but about the people of New York not shutting down. Another bit "ripped from the headlines," his take on cultural differences in reacting to “the sniper” was excellent.
It would have been great to see longer performances by the comics in these two shows, but most of them appear on other DVDs, so it shouldn’t be difficult to get more of a good thing. Laffapalooza! Live from Las Vegas could be rated “PG,” the language and routines are that tame. It’s refreshing to see people who are funny unaided by a crutch of profanity.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Laffapalooza! Live From Las Vegas? Yes. It would be a great DVD to share with guests over snacks and “beverages.”