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Tuesday, 22 March 2005

The Damn! Show

Studio Works Entertainment
MPAA rating: NR
starring: Yucko the Clown (Roger Black), Zac Pope, Waco, John Radcliff, Greg Epps, Nathan Wright
film release year: n/a
DVD release year: 2005
film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars
sound/picture rating: Two Stars
reviewed by: Bryan Dailey

I’ve always found Yucko the Clown’s appearances on the Howard Stern show to be mildly amusing but never laugh-out-loud hilarious, so I didn’t have high hopes for this low-budget bundle of skits on DVD called “The Damn! Show.” I hadn’t caught any of Yucko’s appearances on the E! version of the Stern show, so I didn’t even know what to expect Yucko and his band of goofball cohorts to look like. Popping this DVD in my player, the first skit up is an animated piece called “Crapple” that is a spoof of Snapple commercials, with stop-motion animation where bottles run around the football field and talk smack to each other. In this skit, a Snapple bottle is dressed as a Rastafarian reggae dude who smokes a fake joint and has two ladies (also Snapple bottles with eyes and hair glued on to them) hanging out getting high with him. With badly overdubbed voices, low production values and stale humor, things didn’t look promising on “The Damn! Show.” “Uh oh,” I thought to myself, “This is going to be a long evening while I watch this disc.”

However, to my shock and amazement, I started laughing, a lot. This little comedy troop from the outskirts of Athens, Georgia has assembled 36 skits on this DVD and, despite the bumpy start, the comedy starts flowing pretty fast and furious. Yucko the Clown takes the concept of the man on the street asking embarrassing questions, started by Stuttering John from the Howard Stern Show, and brings it up to a new level. The shock and horror of the faces of some of his interviewees is priceless as he throws around insults and makes fun of just about everyone he comes in contact with. Of course, it’s hard to take a spastic, drunken acting clown seriously, so most of the people just shrug it off, especially when Yucko is on Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras.

One gem on this disc is the parody of the Osbournes. Although done very low-budget in an apartment instead of a mansion, the Ozzy character is an excellent impression, the Sharon character (played by the same guy that does Ozzy) is over-the-top hilarious, as are the two kids Kelly and Jack, played by overweight actors from the comedy troupe.

Poking fun at the amount of dog poop that is often scattered around the house, Sharon, an animal lover, actually ends up brining home a sheep. Ozzy stumbles and waddles into the kitchen one morning to see a sheep standing in the room. “Sharon, what is this big dog doing in our living room?!!” he screams. And magically, the sheep begins peeing on the floor. One can only imagine how long it too for them to capture this classic moment on camera, but through the magic of editing, the timing is perfect in the skit.

Later in the skit, unsuspecting Mormon missionaries knock on the doorbell. Little do they know they are visiting the home of the Prince of Darkness. Sharon, perturbed by the incessant doorbell ringing, answers the door. To the missionaries’ shock, she screams at them “Don’t you know my husband is the Devil?” Her high-pitched British accent sends the missionaries scrambling back to their bikes and off into the sunset.

Where this disc really shines is when the troupe heads out and interviews some of the most demented homeless people I have ever seen. One fellow who has been hardened by the streets and years of drinking is named “Rack 'Em Rack,” who literally roams the streets of Atlanta screaming at the top of his lungs “Rack 'em rack, rack 'em rack, rack, rack.” It’s so absolutely bizarre that you can’t believe that he even gets a dime from anyone to support his drinking habit. At one point, he dives into the bushes for no reason and goes to sleep. It’s funny and yet tragic at the same time.

Another demented homeless man is Jimmy Gibberish, who has a much larger vocabulary that Rack ‘Em. Jimmy takes on one of the most lyrically botched songs in history, the National Anthem. Subtitles along the bottom of the screen follow the action as he attempts to sing this song while standing in front of an American flag. Jimmy Gibberish starts out strong, and then, as the song, he begins to struggle to remember the lyrics and takes the song to places that Francis Scott Key would have never dreamed were possible. I’ve seen some major music stars screw up this one at sporting events, but never to this level. You have to hang with this one ‘til the end as he brings it home with a major crescendo and someone gets about 10 percent of the final few lines correct. Funny stuff.

My personal favorite skit after watching this disc two times is the spoof of the reality dating show “Blind Date.” In this episode, a preppy, geeky straight-laced guy is teamed up with a woman who appears to be a real live crack ho – if she’s an actress, she should be awarded an Emmy for her performance in this skit. Any time the guy brings up a normal topic, like the weather or current events, his date quickly turns the topic to smoking crack and finding a place to go have sex. The guy in the skit is an actor and it ends up with them supposedly partaking in her favorite activity and him ending up addicted to crack, but to see them in a real restaurant ordering nothing but 40-ounce beers for dinner, coupled with the look on the face of the waiter, is vintage.

This DVD is actually a compilation of two “Damn! Show” videocassettes that have been floating around, gaining a cult following. This professionally packaged and marketed DVD collection gives a larger audience a chance to pick up this disc from places like Amazon.com and other mainstream retailers. You no longer need to consult with your hip friend down the street, who always seems to have the funniest underground stuff that that no one knows about yet. You can pick up this hilarious disc today and if you do, you’d better love to be offended, because chances are that there is something in these 36 skits that will touch a nerve with everyone.

more details
sound format: English Dolby 2.0 Stereo
aspect ratio: 4:3.1 (full-screen)
special features: Hidden Easter eggs, Lunch with Yucko, Character Bios, Languages, Bloopers
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reference system
DVD player: Kenwood DV-403
receiver: Kenwood VR-407
main speakers: Paradigm Atom
center speaker: Paradigm CC-170
rear speakers: Paradigm ADP-70
subwoofer: Paradigm PDR-10
monitor: 36-inch Sony XBR

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