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"The Darrel Show" was a star-studded extravaganza hosted by the one and only Daryl from The Darrel Show!
It is entertainment variety made up of short films, in-studio interviews, documentary and musical video segments, and then topped with a no-holds-barred philosophy on comedy!
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what is The Darrel Show? The best way to describe it to the uninitiated would be something along the lines of The Late Show With David Letterman Monty Python, with short films replacing the obligatory musical guests. These shows feature on-set comedy skits such as "Satan Klawz", a fellow that looks just like one would imagine, who brings a couple of his "hoe hoe hoes" to the show while another mentally-challenged guy named Wags walks around with eyes for these ladies of the night to the chagrin of Satan. Darrel also makes a few trips to other locations to host the show, including his birthday bash in Mexico where he attempts to score some steroids and whores before getting drunk off his ass, as well as a swap meet featuring a performance by Tammy Faye. Rounding out each of the episodes is a short film that usually runs for three or four minutes and featuring storylines such as a You Got Served-inspired dance contest between Satan and a guy who wants his soul back.
If it wasn't blatantly obvious, the show caters to those who want something a little different from the world of sketch comedy, and adding to oddness of the show is Darrel himself. Darrel, you see, seems to be slightly retarded, to be blunt. I'm thinking that it's part of his character, but to be honest, I couldn't really tell - he's either a damned good actor or a genuine retard. This leads to some pretty interesting segments, such as when he cuts off an Asian filmmaker mid-sentence in order to ask if he'd make love to him. It probably doesn't sound very funny in writing, but watching Darrel with his oblivious smile and watching this filmmaker squirm uncomfortably amidst a very awkward silence is something that really has to be seen.
The shows seem to be pretty hit or miss though, with some segments (such as the above) turning out to be comedic gold while others fall completely flat. For example, there's a recurring segment on the shows in which a dorky-looking guy recites poetry to the camera in some of the most unamusing skits of the entire series. Doing this once would have been alright, but doing the same skit over and over again definitely did not work, in my humble opinion. Thankfully, just about everything else found within the episodes is a one-shot deal, so if you find something that you don't like, you'll never have to see it played out again.
Some of the best material from this set is found amongst the unaired segments, which I'm pretty sure were unaired due to the racy nature of the material. In one, Darrel sends one of his men to the AVN Awards show, where we get to see plenty of adult film stars along with some humor, while another features a female stripping / boxing competition that starts with fists and ends with an almost-nude make out session. There's also some appearances by musical bands here, such as Dr. Know, Dropkick Murphys, and Phunk Junkeez, which mix live performances with interviews and such. Even though I'm not a fan of them, the segment with the Dropkick Murphys was by far the best thanks to their energetic performance as well as a clip of the guitarist blowing his cigarette smoke in the face of their bagpipe-player throughout an entire song in an attempt to make him screw things up.
Overall, the series was hit or miss, but it featured more hits than misses. If you're looking for some good laughs mixed with some "What the hell?" moments, then the price on this set is well worth it. The fact that it's actually pretty good is just icing on the cake. 7/10. --Review by MvMMDI
There have been many geniuses of comedy in our time. Jack Benny, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Darrel... What?!? You do not know who Darrel is, well neither did I until recently. I recently received a sorry excuse of a DVD collection set (3 DVD-Rs in white sleeves, with a cut out of the head of host Darrel on the disk), called THE DARREL SHOW; 5th ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR. This was a short lived show that, from the looks of it, was shown on some public access channel in Arizona. I had no clue what the hell I was getting into when I popped disk one of the 3 disk set in. To my surprise I found a show that while being overall stupid as hell, had many nuggets of comic genius slip through.
The show is set up with host Darrel interviewing some individuals, fake or real, throws in some short movies, location segments, sports events, short skits, and ends in the final dance-in-front-of-a-green-screen closing credits. Like I said, this show is stupid as hell, yet would be perfect to view for the drunken nights after a bar with some friends. Like Monty Python, and SCTV, some skits and moments fall flat on their face. Be patient though. Sit through some low budget, childish, unfunny moments like Satan Claus, and you may end up with the moment when Darrel asks an Asian filmmaker, that he was interviewing, if he would Make love to him. Now sit through the silent awkwardness, and laugh. While that may not sound too funny, trust me it is. What saves the show from being just an unfunny show, with a horrible budget, to moments of greatness is Darrel himself.
Either this guy is the greatest actor in comedy history with his dead pan, uncomfortable questioning, or he is mentally challenged, and nothing is funny about that. Well, in this case he would still be funny, but now I may have a moment of guilt laughing at him. His opening stupid joke, ala Carson, and poor dancing at the closing credits make him comedic gold. Seeing him in action made the poor packaging for the DVDs make perfect sense.
I would definitely recommend this. This show is for the fans of MTVs THE ANDY MILONAKIS SHOW, and THE TOM GREEN SHOW. Frasier this is not. Turn down your IQ, laugh at its absurdness, and have a few beers. This got a couple laughs out of me, and for the price tag, it is worth it. --Rufus at Bumscorner.com
This show knows no limits. See this outrageous show that made all of our heads turn here at the station! - SDTV --Sun Devil Television
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