Although comedy is subjective, I'll still take a little bit of an issue with the back of the box for "Love Is Evol", which calls stand-up comedian Christopher Titus, "one of the greatest comedians working today." That said, although I don't hold the comedian's work in quite that high a regard, Titus is a very funny performer, who some may remember from his funny Fox sitcom, "Titus", which saw the comedian play a mechanic who hung out with his girlfriend (Cynthia Watros) and cranky father (Stacey Keach). While the series was another working-class sitcom that came out after the success of "The Drew Carey Show", "Titus" managed to add its own (darker) spin and managed to gain a cult following on the strength of its writing and performances.
The comedian's latest stand-up performance is "Love is Evol", a Comedy Central stand-up effort that largely evolves around the comedian's difficulty with romance, including an incredibly difficult divorce after a fifteen year relationship that went through on June 6th, '06 (which pretty much sums up the comedian's outlook on love.)
Although the performance largely revolves around relationships (his current girlfriend is so out of his league that she might as well be doing community service dating him) and divorce (having to pay for his lawyer, the wife's layer and legal counsel for the children; there's also the matter of losing 28 pounds during the divorce, he says, "...because that's what a soul weighs.") Titus also goes off on some other topics, such as stories dealing with his parents and difficult childhood (the comedian's show, "Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding", was the inspiration for "Titus".)
It's been a while since I've seen the comedian in any sort of performance, but this effort does certainly get a series of good-to-great laughs. While the topics have been covered before, Titus does have some amusing insights and solid one-liners. Additionally, the comedian does have great energy and his delivery is consistently sharp throughout the show. This isn't one of the best stand-up performances I've seen in recent years, but it does remain consistently well above-average.
This is the extended/unrated version of the show.
VIDEO: "Love is Evol" is presented by Paramount in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Sharpness and detail seemed perfectly fine, as the picture remained consistently smooth and crisp. Aside from a couple of minor instances of compression artifacts, the picture was free of flaws. 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: Behind the scenes of the album/DVD cover photo shoot, stories from the fans about their relationship problems and "Countdown to V-Day" featurette.
Final Thoughts: "Love is Evol" isn't one of the best stand-up performances I've seen in recent years, but it does remain consistently well above-average and offers some great laughs. The DVD offers fine audio/video quality, as well as a few minor extras.