Reviewed byoracle_202020Vote: 8/10/10
I have read other reviews which lambaste the performance of D.L.Hughley's performance for being overworked, I tend to agree, but therewere too many real laughs from the audience to dismiss the power of hisdelivery. D.L., while not my fave comedian, knows how to work a crowd.Also in contrast to other reviews, I found Arnez J to be incrediblyfunny, tho the shaky voice tends to foreshadow a punchline and sap someof his jokes of their potential force. I liked his material anddelivery better than earthquake's performance, which tended to bebreathy and too slick. Listening to earthquake tell a joke is likebeing in a men's room with too many people. too much of everything tobe good. I do agree with the opinion of many about melanie camacho, sheis a weak performer who seems to be in the wrong room every time I seeher. antiquated funnies about penis size, cheating spouses and moneybeing tight for a single gal all are tremendously overworked and tired.sorry, Mel. go home. NOW, LaVelle Crawford, an underdog performer in mybook, came in strong and left under thunderous applause for a reason.if an excellent performance is a shotgun blast of fun, LaVelle was aHowitzer. He drew his power from audience reaction and seemed, evenwhen he stumbled on his words a few times, to deliver pinpointprecision 'smartbombs' of comedy. I will def be seeing him again. If abox says Lavelle Crawford, I will overdraw my account to buy it-noquestions asked. overall, a slow starter with a mother-of-all-bellylaughs for an ending.
Reviewed by (oxblood)Vote: 5/10/10
I was excited to see this sequel to the first All Star Comedy Jamfeaturing host Cedric The Entertainer and produced by NBA greatShaquille O'Neal. In the first line-up that came out last year, CedricMC'd a quartet of great well-known urban comedians, Tommy Davidson ofLiving Color, Aries Spears of Mad TV, DeRay Davis whose been featuredin movies with Cedric and Soul Plane lead actor Kevin Hart. Eachcomedian including Cedric took turns brandishing their hilarious brandof humor for a successful outing that never got boring.
This follow up featuring D.L. Hughley as host is another matterall-together. I was really happy when I saw this on the DVD wall at mylocal Blockbuster. D.L. had been a fave of mine for years though he hadkind of fallen off of my radar for telling the same jokes time aftertime. Not much has changed for D.L. Five years later, he's stilltelling the exact same jokes for most of his opening set and the fewbits of new material he offered weren't funny at all.
Next up was Anez J. I've seen him before but have never been a big fan.No change here either. I didn't laugh once at his routine and I wasvery offended by his anecdotes about the disabled community. Maybe itsjust me because apparently he's popular with some people but I don'tfind him funny.
Next was Melanie Camacho. A very pretty comedienne I've never caredmuch for. I thought maybe she'd change my mind this time but again, NOCHANGE. Her set was short and her material was very weak anduninspiring. The same tired kind of sex jokes black comediennes seem totell all the time. Referring to themselves as "ho's" in order to get asexual punchline across.
I was ready to give up but then, Earthquake came on. Im an Earthquakefan and I was hoping he'd bring some liveliness to the proceedings. Hedidn't disappoint. His jokes were all fresh. He told maybe one or twothings that Id heard him do before but otherwise I thought that he wasthe one who would save the day on this weak follow-up DVD. Great topicsand not a lot of excessive or boring sex or racial jokes. He jumps fromtopic-to-topic the way D.L. used to in his prime.
Just when I was ready to give Earthquake the crown, here comes LaVellCrawford. I believe Katt Williams was supposed headline this part ofthe show. There was a controversy involving him accepting money to bepart of it then backing out and keeping the money. After seeing Lavell,I really don't miss Katt. I'd seen LaVell before on Comic View. He's abig guy like Bruce Bruce. Most of what I'd seen from him was a lot offat and food jokes. Very funny but I hadn't seen much from himrecently. The fact that they made him the final act was a bit worrisometo me especially since he wasn't as well known and on the first AllStar Jam DVD, actor Kevin Hart was the final act and he wasn't asstrong an act as a headliner should be though he was still very funny.Let me tell you, on this DVD sequel, LaVell KILLED IT!!! This man ishilarious. I don't think I've laughed so hard in years. His delivery,his topics, delivery and timing were unique and crazy. He talks about avariety of subjects from food to children to the recession. A home run.
Overall this DVD was a bit disappointing but if you jump forward to thefinal two acts, you'll be richly rewarded with some greatside-splitting comedy from Earthquake and LaVell Crawford.
The all-star comedy line-up includes host D.L. Hughley and featured comics Earthquake, Lavell Crawford, Melanie Comarcho, and Arnez J. This unforgettable night of comedy was filmed in front of a live audience at South Beach's prestigious Jackie Gleason Theater during the American Black Film Festival.