Butler County Times Gazette
by Garon Cockrell
Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution Season 2 DVD Review
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Dec. 28, 2012 5:15 p.m.

Stand-up Revolution

is a fairly loose comedy show hosted by comedian Gabriel Iglesias, who is some

kind of genius with voices. Seriously, you’ll hear it throughout the disc (and

especially in the animated sequences). Ozomatli is the house band for

the show, which is totally cool. Each episode features two stand-up comedians

as well as an introduction and short stand-up bit by Gabriel Iglesias. The

episodes vary in quality, depending primarily on the strength of each episode’s

individual comedians (the best episodes being the first and fourth). This DVD

includes all six episodes, plus some bonus material.

The first episode

features Trevor Noah and Dov Davidoff. Trevor Noah compares comedy to sex: “Me,

the comedian, playing the role of the man. You, the audience, playing the role

of the woman. Because it’s my job to satisfy you. And you just have to sit

.” But it’s his material on being of mixed races that is most interesting.

After Gabriel gives

Dov Davidoff an amazing introduction, Dov tells the audience to lower its

expectations. But he’s seriously funny, particularly his bit about people

having too many babies. When he gets rolling, he’s perfect. I need to keep an

eye out for this guy.

The first episode

also features an Ozomatli video and an hilarious anecdote from Gabriel about

playing a practical joke on Trevor in Texas.

The fourth episode

features comedians Dustin Ybarra and Thai Rivera. Dustin is incredibly funny,

with his comedy focusing on being poor. He says, “Why do coupons even expire

anyway? That’s like the biggest F you to poor people ever, right? It’s like now

I gotta be poor on time? Thank you so much
.” It’s great, and his energy is


I like it when

comedians still risk being offensive, which sadly seems more and more rare.

Thai Rivera talks about the difference between being gay and being black: “
I as

a gay man will have people talk to me, hang out with me, in some cases want to

be my friend, and then they find out I’m gay and suddenly they want nothing to

do with me. Where with black people you automatically know you don’t like

." And on immigration he says, "And some days I’m ready to call immigration

just to free up a dryer at the Laundromat

The sixth episode is

also really good. In addition to two comedians, there are three animated

sequences. Those sequences take Gabriel Iglesias’ old stand-up bits and turn

them into cartoon form. My favorite is the second one, with a great animated

bit of terrified doughnuts.

The two comedians in

the sixth episode are Ian Bagg and Pablo Francisco.  Ian Bagg is probably my favorite comedian of

the entire season. He jokes about how he was molested as a kid. “It’s a true

story. I actually got money from the church. I got $8,677. Worth it! Jesus

totally bought me my first car, and I got a Trans Am
.” I also love how he

interacts with the crowd. He is a seriously good comedian, and definitely has

his own thing going on. The Hitler pussy bit totally cracked me up.  Pablo Francisco, on the other hand, should be

funnier than he is. But he just can’t let go of the announcer voice, and it’s a

bit much.

By the way, while it’s

great that Ozomatli is the house band, by the third episode I was completely

sick of the theme song. (It’s played at the beginning, plus in and out of

nearly every break.) But don’t hold that against them. They’re a good band.

DVD Bonus Features

This DVD has several

bonus features, including outtakes and a behind-the-scenes look at the making

of the Ozomatli music video (which was shot at the Roxy). The best bonus

material is the series of animated “Hey It’s Fluffy!” shorts. There are four

shorts: “Fluffy And The Demon,” “Indecent Proposal,” “Dino Is Gay” and “Taco

Truck.” My personal favorite is “Taco Truck,” because of the end.

Gabriel Iglesias

Presents Stand-Up Revolution Season 2
was released on December 21, 2012.

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