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Possibly the most pale, funny comedian working today, Jim Gaffigan continues to be an ace at goofing on humanity's various ways to do just a bit less - Gaffigan's cracks about being lazy work as well as they do because if you say you don't relate to them, you're lying.

Gaffigan's act doesn't riff on dating or race, and there's no foul language. The comedian's entire act is largely based upon small, slightly twisted observations about those moments in life when you feel anti-ambitious. Gaffigan not only delivers his jokes, but layers in other elements, including in-joke reactions and likely reactions from audience members (talking about the audience's first impression of him as he takes the stage, "...he was good in 'Capote'.")

A few of the highlights from "King Baby" include Gaffigan's riffs on camping ("I married a woman who loves to camp, and I am what you would call...indoorsy.", "Camping was a tradition in everyone's family, until we came up with the house."), sleeping in a futon ("It's a couch that turns into a bed - it's the most disappointing Transformer of all."), bacon bits ("It's like the fairy dust of the food community."), working out ("It's hard to find time to work out when you really don't want to."), ketchup ("My wife thinks I'm trash because I use a lot of ketchup...on my sushi. I find it gets rid of the fish flavor.")

Gaffigan's routine is extended by another thirty minutes beyond the version that Comedy Central aired. I actually thought that this was a better performance than the excellent "Beyond the Pale", as I didn't think there was a slow moment and the act never wore thin, even at a bit over an hour.


The DVD

VIDEO: "King Baby" is presented by Paramount in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Sharpness and detail seemed perfectly fine - at least for the most part - as the picture often appeared crisp. The only concern was the presence of some mildly noticeable noise in some scenes. Colors remained bright, vivid and clean, with no smearing.

SOUND: The show is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The surrounds do offer up some mild surround use for crowd ambience, but otherwise remain - as one might expect from a stand-up show - silent. Audio quality was fine, with crisp dialogue.

EXTRAS: Three episodes of the animated short "Pale Force" (Gaffigan and Conan O'Brien play a pair of incredibly pale superheroes) , four episodes of Gaffigan's online show "Our Massive Planet", an interview with XM/Sirius (which is an excellent interview, as Gaffigan discusses his career and the inspiration for some of his jokes), a never-aired British interview that manages a few laughs (and the somewhat sleek opening is funny just for the fact that it leads to an interview with the very un-sleek Gaffigan), a "meet and greet" with fans in Atlanta and promos for "The Sexy Tour" and "Beyond the Pale" tour.

Final Thoughts: Gaffigan is one of the funniest comedians working today, and "King Baby" is Gaffigan's best special (which is saying something, as the others were terrific, as well.) The DVD offers satisfactory audio/video quality, as well as several minor extras. Recommended.



DVD Information





Jim Gaffigan: King Baby
Paramount Home Entertainment
1.78:1
Dolby Digital 5.1
71 minutes
Subtitles: English
Rated NR
Dual Layer:Yes
Anamorphic:Yes
Region:1
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