Laughing Matters...The Men (2007)
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Filmed during Palm Springs Gay Pride, 6 comics come together to reminise of their careers, family, friends, schooling, what it means to be gay and out and how they got there. These guys are good and a few of them really HOT but the audiences they perform for don't seem to get most of the jokes. I don't know if I was not paying attention on Amazon when I ordered this but what you *don't* have here is one stand up comic act followed by another. As I was really expecting that, it was somewhat distracting to me how the film was edited to show each relaying to the audiences with their material *and* interspersed with 1 on 1 camera time about specific topics. One would talk about coming out and then they would splice in a few jokes from their act and then move on to the next comic. In effect, what this does is not make this so much about the comedy as it does about the comedians themselves. So it is more of a biographical work. If you just want to sit back and laugh this is not for you. They cover some pretty heavy topics here, AIDS, death, etc., but on a personal level. Some of this stuff will bring tears to your eyes. History is always important but damn it, I really did not buy this to watch Gay Pride Festival footage, nor did I buy this to take my memory back to the days when AIDS killed my friends. I bought this to laugh and on that level this only half lived up to my expectations. Oh, and by the way, people who call themselves comics who have to pick people out of the audience to cut down in order to make themselves seem funny are not funny at all. I liked how the DVD extras went in to some in depth stuff but just wish all the personal 1 on 1 comments and background was also relegated to the extras and left the pure comedy for the main cut. If they had done that, this would have been a solid 4 rating. As it stands, I was going to give this a 3 but because it made me cry insted of laugh, it rates only a 2 1/2. Mind you, this rating is more for the horrible job that Andrea Meyerson did in putting this together than for the comics themselves, that with the exception of Scott Kennedy, were outstanding. Scott would be funny if he relied less on his audience and more on his own material for laughs.
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