"Shaquille O'Neal presents host Lavell Crawford (Breaking Bad, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and American Ultra) with special guests K-Dubb, Cocoa Brown, Donnell Rawlings, and Earthquake to deliver one of the funniest nights of comedy yet. Shaquille O'Neal Presents All-Star Comedy Jam: Live from Sin City was filmed live at the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas." That is the official description for Shaquille O'Neal Presents All-Star Comedy Jam: Live from Sin City, now available on DVD and Digital HD from Codeblack Films and Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.
I've always loved stand-up comedy, with some of my all-time favorite comics being Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Jerry Seinfeld, just to name a few. Unfortunately, I haven't kept up with all the up-and-coming comics out there, so my exposure to the line-up in Shaquille O'Neal Presents All-Star Comedy Jam: Live from Sin City was completely new. The subject matter, however, is just as raunchy as ever.
Before going any further... if you're someone who is easily offended and has little or no experience with explicit comedy routines, you'll probably want to skip this title. These comics don't hold back when talking about politics, racism, sex, and more. You'll also hear plenty of expletives with very large doses of the F-word and the N-word. So don't say I didn't warn you.
The title opens up with a short skit featuring Shaquille O'Neal and host Lavell Crawford. This is the only time you'll see Shaq, so that shouldn't be your reason for watching this title. The show then opens with Crawford doing his routine first. He's not bad, but not great. He has a couple of funny moments when talking about his cranky grandma as well as Harambe, but otherwise I didn't really find him entertaining.
Unfortunately, the same goes for most of the other comics. The remaining line-up consists of K-Dubb, Cocoa Brown, Donnell Rawlings, and Earthquake. K-Dubb, Cocoa, and Donnell each have a couple of laughable moments, but I just didn't find them all that funny. Earthquake, on the other hand, was hilarious. I laughed throughout almost his entire routine. He was especially funny when talking about Bill Cosby as well as his own love for women.
You won't find any bonus features here, so there's no added value in that regard. It all comes down to the show itself, and unfortunately, the majority of the routines aren't all that funny... at least, they weren't to me. That's the one problem with comedy, it can be very subjective. Even the on-screen audience had mixed reactions during much of the show. Some people were laughing throughout, while others only laughed during some parts. If you're already a fan of the comedians included here, then you'll probably enjoy it, but Shaquille O'Neal Presents All-Star Comedy Jam: Live from Sin City isn't for everyone.
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* Trailer: youtu.be/0_GtOcu_bPQ
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