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Dane Cook's Tourgasm
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Jan 19, 2007 By: Scott Weinberg
Dane Cook's Tourgasm order
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Dane Cook
Jay Davis
Robert Kelly

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
"Hot" comedian Dane Cook takes three of his old pals (all of whom fancy themselves comedians) on a college comedy tour; typically unconvincing "reality show" schtick follows.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I hope I won't get 40 tons of hate mail from the ultra-loyal Dane Cook army, but if it weren't for the guy's comedy CDs, I'd be calling the guy a talentless buffoon. But I laughed my ass off during two of Dane Cook's albums, so I'm pretty darn sure he's got more to offer the world than the woeful EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH and this sad, sorry excuse for a vanity project.

The set-up is as simple-minded as (almost) every reality series in the universe: Take an activity that usually happens behind closed doors (like, say, a college comedy tour), jam a bunch of video cameras into the equation and voila: You have an instant TV series! It might not be a very good TV series (or in this case you create a pretty rotten one), but it's something to fill the airwaves nonetheless. And with Mr. Cook currently riding a big fat wave of popularity, it seems that any old project is good enough to sell to the screaming masses.

What's most outrageously annoying about TOURGASM is that the whole thing centers around a city-to-city comedy tour ... and there's maybe 2.5 minutes of stand-up material in each episode! The fans who tuned in to see Dane Cook do his (gradually more redundant) material in front of thousands of rabid college kids will absolutely walk away from TOURGASM disappointed.

Instead of some solid comedy stuff, we're subjected to an endless series of pit stops, road trips and competitive activities that would be boring even IF its participants weren't obnoxious whiners. The guy's chosen to accompany Cook on his comedy tour were the whiner (Jay Davis), the bully (Robert Kelly) and the mope (Gary Gulman). Each guy claims to be a longtime stand-up veteran, but none of 'em are all that funny ... and not one of 'em actually seems to possess a healthy sense of humor. It's like watching three miserable grumps kissing the butt of a friend who just hit the lottery, basically.

Most of which could be forgiven if each episode of TOURGASM offered some actual laughs. Sadly, no. There's barely a half-dozen chuckles in the whole entire season.

THE EXTRAS
All four knuckleheads, probably realizing that the series itself is not much of a draw, chime in four audio commentary on all nine episodes. The tracks get real old real fast, trust me.

On disc 3 you'll find a bunch of featurettes, none of which are really worth the search. The 25-minute Conversations About Comedy is precisely what it sounds like: One successful comedian and three still-strugglers discussing the hardships and rewards of the comedy game. The 14-minute Hecklers has a few amusing anecdotes, I suppose, but the The Bobby Kelly F*ck Montage and Jay Davis: Mr. Sensitive are as brief as they are pointless.

Also included is a collection of twenty TOURGASM promo shorts, for those who need promotional material for a DVD they probably just bought.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I hope and believe that Dane Cook will go on to much better things than TOURGASM, but so far all the guy's done is deliver a handful of rock-solid comedy albums. If he's still planning on breaking into the super-star stratosphere, he needs to get better scripts, better co-headliners, and probably a better agent.
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