Craig Ferguson: Wee Bit O' Revolution (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy
Image Entertainment || NR - 80 minutes - $14.98 || March 24, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-03-26


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Shannon Hartman
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Craig Ferguson


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

I had always dreamed of being a comedian when I was younger. By younger, I mean like two hours ago. It was my goal to be the funniest person in the world. Then I woke up and realized that I really am. Iím not that boastful now am I? Thereís some word where I think so highly of myself, I canít remember it, so itís not that important. Anyways, onto Craig Ferguson, star of such television shows as Drew Careyís Boss and also host of ďThe Late Late ShowĒ on CBS, with his first stand-up comedy DVD: A Wee Bit Oí Revolution.

Ferguson talks about a ton of different topics, but in my opinion a lot of the jokes just fall a bit short. Iíve seen him a few times on his talk show late night, and thought he was a ton better on that then he is in this special. The jokes just arenít as funny as they should be, and itís painfully obvious from the start as it appears he laughs more at his own jokes than the audience does.

Although, I must say, that a few of the topics he talks about were entertaining. In one pretty long joke, he talks about how Sean Connery playing the role he did in a film was rather stupid, and said something along the lines of ďDoesnít anyone think about this before they cast someone?Ē He used a few explicatives that Iíd rather not type out, but it was funny since Iíve said the same thing when I watch movies. Ferguson also does a spot-on impression of Connery that if you werenít looking at the screen you may think it was him.

He also discusses a bit about his citizenship into the United States, and also about a wedding that involved him getting carried on some peopleís shoulders during the ceremony. It leads to an awkward setup that continues throughout the rest of the act about a part of his body. Although in my opinion, that joke would have been better near the start when Ferguson discussed how guys grab themselves when they try to act tough. That was a really funny joke that continued for a bit then died off, and the part of the body joke just didnít really click with me either, much like the rest of the comedy act.

He tries too hard, but he ends up laughing more at his own jokes as the show progresses than everyone else. Itís obvious that he didnít have enough material that was funny when this was shot, as though he canít produce like he can on television time and time again. I think heís better off in the late night show genre or maybe back to sitcoms since he fit in well there.

This special just has too little going for it, in its short run time, there are a few jokes here and there, but they are too far apart to make this funny.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Interview with Craig Ferguson (16 minutes): Ferguson is interviewed about how important it was for him to be an American, his experiences moving here, and a few other things. Itís pretty interesting to hear his experience in America for the first time, but this drags on a bit too long for my taste.

Speech at Bostonís Historic Faneuil Hall (8 minutes): Ferguson speaks at the Hall and cracks a few jokes. This is a bit amusing, a little more than his actual show, so if you didnít enjoy it like me then try and give this feature a watch.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

As per the norm of comedy DVDís, the main and only attraction is Ferguson, who is on stage (obviously) the entire time with a few reaction and wide shots of the theater. There are major issues with contrast and grain that are present throughout the show, which at times make it a tiny bit hard to see Ferguson in a few scenes. Also, in regards to contrast, there are several times where he appears brighter and then darker in the next few scenes. The flesh tones are okay for him, as is the color, but the contrast issues are overpowering.

The Dolby Digital 5.0 track gets the job done, but in a rather low key way. The dialogue is fine for the most part, but the levels are slightly askew as the comedy progresses. There were a few jokes that were told lower than the others, although that may have been a problem with Ferguson and not the audio. Surround use is also minimal, as even when the audience was laughing it was still coming out of the front speakers and not the left and right surround. This track just feels a bit of a letdown compared to other comedy shows Iíve seen in the past.



.::OVERALL::.

While I enjoyed him on ďThe Drew Carey ShowĒ many years ago, I just couldnít enjoy this comedy special. Ferguson tends to laugh more at his own jokes than the audience does, and the special features that accompany the DVD arenít the best either. The audio and video are also slightly below average, which makes this DVD a rental unless youíre a huge fan and find him funny already.