What I have viewed as funny has certainly changed over the years.  When I was little, it was all about the bathroom jokes, poop and the like.  Then it was all about the sex jokes, but mainly before I knew enough about what it was to make it happen.  Now it’s satire and irony that makes me laugh.  Simply saying “The Pet Goat” makes me smile.  But what about comedians?  What makes them funny?  I don’t know the answer, but I do know a great way to research it.

Now available on DVD from Comedy Central DVD and Paramount Television is The Best of Comedy Central Presents – Uncensored.  Pick this laugh riot up today!

Comedy Central is known for, go figure, comedy.  Aside from all the movies it shows, shows which it reruns, and some original programming, the centerpiece of the Comedy Central experience is Comedy Central Presents.  This is when a comedian, usually one which is more obscure or limited in mass media exposure, gets a half-hour to tell all their jokes and be funny.  It is recorded live in front of an audience and is often a make-or-break type of feature for comedians.  Sometimes it is hilarious; sometimes the comedian just falls flat.  Comedy Central bills this “best of” as being eight of the hottest comics on one disc.  Judgment on hottest will be suspended for the time being, but this disc does contain the television specials of Lewis Black, Dane Cook, Jeff Dunham, Jim Gaffigan, Mitch Hedberg, Demetri Martin, Carlos Mencia, and Brian Regan.

The special features on this are sparse, but it’s comedy.  What kind of special features could there possibly be that would be even remotely interesting?  I don’t have any idea and apparently Comedy Central shares that quandary as well.  There are a handful of short scenes from other Comedy Central shows, but that’s not special.  They’re nothing but ads!

This disc is, at times, hilarious.  Lewis Black turns in the funniest performance I have ever seen him give, Demetri Martin shines as usual, Mitch Hedberg’s one-liners and sheer awkwardness are glorious, and Jim Gaffigan can do no wrong.  That’s 50% of the disc.  But the other half is so bad it more than destroys the aforementioned hilarity.  Dane Cook looks and acts like a crackhead who thinks that just because people are laughing it means he’s funny, Jeff Dunham uses puppets.  Now I suppose, although I’ve never seen it, that puppets could indeed be funny.  But Jeff Dunham?  No way.  I have never understood why people find Carlos Mencia to be funny.  He’s spastic, his jokes aren’t cunning, and he just yells and shakes.  It’s like watching a really loud Michael J. Fox.  Then there’s Brian Regan, who supposedly is one of the funniest comics out there.  If that’s the case, forget the botched war on terror, we’re already screwed.

The Best of . . . Presents is certainly no comedic gift.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

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