Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie Review
By Shawn McKenzie 03/30/2003
I like watching stand-up, but I honestly hadn’t heard of this supposed “hit” traveling comedy show called The Blue Collar Comedy Tour. To make things worse, I had only heard of three out of the four comedians. When I heard that there was a concert film coming out called Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, the first thing I thought was, “This is the country version of The Original Kings of Comedy.” After seeing it, I was right…but dang it…it was funny, y’all!
The movie starts out with the four comedians fishing and telling a couple of jokes in a small rowboat. A limousine pulls up on a bridge near the comedians, and their tour manager, played by David Alan Grier, pops his head out and tells them that they need to go. They are then backstage at their concert, and Grier has dressed them up in some loud suits, which is obviously an homage to (or a parody of) The Original Kings of Comedy. They don’t actually end up wearing those suits on stage, but it was funny to see those country boys in them. First up on stage was Ron White (the only comedian I hadn’t heard of.) He was the hard drinkin’, chain smokin’, hard livin’ one of the bunch. Next up was Larry the Cable Guy, the most country-like of the bunch. The two most famous comedians of the quartet, Bill Engvall, followed by Jeff Foxworthy, followed Larry on stage. Neither of them did their signature shticks in their individual routines, but they were both hilarious. In between the routines, we got to see the comedians visit different locations, like Victoria’s Secret, Spencer’s Gifts, a fishing shop, and a massage parlor. They end the concert by all pulling up a stool and telling funny stories to the audience. It is at this point that we get to hear Engvall’s “Here’s Your Sign” jokes and Foxworthy’s “You Might Be a Redneck” jokes. The thing that made them even funnier here was, since they were all together at this point, they all told “Sign” and “Redneck” jokes.
So what if this is the country version of The Original Kings of Comedy? I laughed through the entire thing. Even the little trips in between the routines were funny, though they were the weakest parts of the movie. If I had any problem with the movie at all, it would be that I didn’t think they needed Grier to play the tour manager. Why didn’t they just use their real tour manager? Was he that bad of an actor? It wasn’t enough to mark this movie down rating-wise though.
If you didn’t catch this tour the first time around, or hadn’t even heard of it (like me), now is your chance. Go check out Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie. I hadn’t heard of The Original Kings of Comedy tour before the Spike Lee-directed documentary had come out, but I loved that movie (it helped in that case that
I had heard of all four comedians.) This movie is a cheap and fun way to see some truly funny comedians doing their thing, and you don’t even have to be a redneck to enjoy it!
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