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Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003)
Director: C. B. Harding

The comedic stylings of four sort-of famous funnymen are brought to the big screen courtesy of this 2002 documentary.

Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003)

Embrace Ignorance

It used to be that a standup comic would make an LP. Cosby, Prior… all the greats would have to generate funny from a universal place. We’d buy these for a specific laughing purpose which is all but forgotten now. Things have changed — DVDs have switched the economics of comedy, so that lesser talents can be moved into niches. Movies are all about inventing lives, so those niches are now defined by comics and routines that are all about helping the audience decide who they are.

I thought little of this was funny, and none of the unpracticed stuff. If these guys really were blue collar comics, they would be genuinely funny people (we all know some) instead of professional storytellers with funny material.

But I’ll give them this: nearly all this humour is goodnatured. It invites the audience to poke fun at itself. Contrast this with most “black” humour, which helps its audience define itself by poking fun at others.

Posted in 2004

Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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