TV & Video Review: ‘Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show’ (DVD)

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show is a documentary. But don't worry – it's in no way educational.

The film follows four comedians who toured 30 cities in 30 nights with Vaughn and an ensemble of other comedic actors. Audiences gain backstage access to the guys' preparation, tour bus pranks, emotional ups and downs of a vigorous schedule, and how they dealt when confronted with the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Although Vaughn is not the centre of the movie, he is the draw just as he was the crowd-puller that sold out most of the venues in which they performed. However, it is the four lesser-known entertainers that provide the big payoff for your cash spent. They are genuinely funny and it is the inclusion of their stand-up routines that keeps the film and audiences rolling.

Each comic has his own style and each is entirely different from the other. John Caparulo caters with his acerbic humour; Sebastian Maniscalco is a metrosexual with observations and advice for the men in attendance; Bret Emst is a self-proclaimed Guido with masculine views on male-female relations; and Ahmed Ahmed is an Arab who uses his nationality and the stereotypes that accompany it for material.

Just as the professional comedians dominate the story and laughs in the film, their commentary with director Ari Sandel is more interesting than Vaughn and Peter Billingsley's, who focus on the mechanics of the film more than the experience of making it.

The bonus footage containing more of the guys' material, as well as more of the sketches with special guests Justin Long, Keir O'Donnell and Billingsley, is great. It shows they could just as easily have created a film of a bunch of the routines strung together. But learning about the comedians was good too.

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