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DVD Review: “Short Takes, Vol. 6”

In this edition of Short Takes, Jared looks at some new comedic releases: Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, Brian Regan’s The Epitome of Hyperbole and season 3 of The Venture Brothers.

This time, we cover three new offerings from Comedy Central and a new entry from Williams Street’s Adult Swim lineup. First, Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, which combines some of my favorite tastes: comedians, serious debates about silly subjects and Lewis Black. Two comedians present counter-arguments in such debates as Paris Hilton v. Dick Cheney, American Idol v. high school and Donald Trump v. Viagra. Twisted, bizarre and very funny. Next, King Baby, the latest stand-up show by Jim Gaffigan. If you like to romanticize laziness, laud gluttony or just flat-out love bacon, then you can’t go wrong here. The disc also includes the strange animated short Pale Force, starring Jim and his super-pasty sidekick Conan O’Brien. Third, The Epitome of Hyperbole (properly pronounced the “Epi-tohm of Hyper-bowl”) is the new special by Brian Regan, a comedian with a special talent for making smart jokes about dumb things. Crazy contortions and a gravity-defying haircut don’t hurt things. Well worth the watch.

Finally, I recently picked up The Venture Brothers Season 3 on Blu-Ray. While not the best place for newbies to jump in, there is still a lot to like. The series follows the conflicts between the Guild of Calamitous Intent and the family of super-scientist Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture, ex-boy adventurer. The plots are snappy, the animation is great, and the presentation on Blu-Ray is very crisp, but it’s the cast of characters that really sells the show. The soundtrack CD that accompanies the set is a nice touch. I highly recommend the series, but for those unsure, you can always catch a few episodes on the Adult Swim website.

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Jared Counts

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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