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Ron White is a pretty funny guy, and his new DVD is pretty good. He isn’t a smart-guy comedian like Bill Maher, or a manic comedian like Robin Williams, which makes him fairly generic as far as big-time comedy guys go. But he is also not a one-joke guy like Jeff Foxworthy, and he has good material, unlike Dane Cook. So as far as the mid-level comedians go, Ron White is a pretty good one. And his DVD is pretty good. And not too repetitive.
He runs through bits I have heard from other comedians, many times before – getting busted for speeding (although that’s in the special features, and cut out of the main DVD), getting busted for marijuana, enjoying his bidet toilet. His best bits are about the smell of a paper factory in his hometown, and the ones dealing with the war. He isn’t particularly insightful when it comes to the war, and his message isn’t really a very political one, and he relies a little too much on that “God Bless the troops” rah-rah American stuff, but it’s funny, and that’s what counts.
Through the whole comedy special, taped in Seattle in 2009, White is smoking his cigar and drinking his scotch, and that’s his character. As far as props go, they are an excellent addition to his show because he can gesture with the cigar, take a pregnant pause to sip his scotch, and the pacing of his show is terrific. White is at his best when he screws up a line and has to go off the cuff for a while, but it only happens a couple of times. There are four special features on the DVD, out April 28th from Paramount Home Entertainment, three of which are deleted scenes from the stand-up performance which are pretty solid additions. Then there is a clip of him talking to people at a bar for some reason, which is totally useless. But the DVD is a pretty good one, worth renting for a Sunday afternoon when there’s no football on.