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.
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.