Actor-comedian's Laffapalooza highlights performers with big
personalities who play their audiences well.
In the first part
of Jamie Foxx’s two-night Laffapalooza show issued for review (airing
February 25 and 26 on Comedy Central), comedians who rarely get network
attention are showcased, displaying their ability to play sharp, smart
material and please their crowds at the same time.
Roz G, defiantly
blue and totally sexually confident with her weight, has the audience
eating out of her hand, inspired by classic ribald “party comics” like
Redd Foxx. Damon Williams walks the line between smart material and
simple crowd-pleasers with his take on the high price of gas.
Bill Burr, who
works on the most complex level of all the performers, scores again with
a few of his new pieces (previously reviewed in Jester’s Blog) such as
his commentaries on football player Terrell Owens leaving the Eagles
mid-season over a contract dispute, and the infamous basketball brawl
involving the Indiana Pacers and fans in the stands.
The hosts, Foxx and
Cedric The Entertainer, are a bit tacked on to the bill, with Foxx
mining his Ray Charles impression for what may be exactly one time too
many at this point. The special as a whole, however, is a good exposure
to a range of distinctive comedians who command their stage and their