One of my friends quotes Daniel Tosh a lot. Like, a lot-lot. And until recently, I just sort of laughed and nodded along, recognizing only those jokes that I caught on Comedy Central commercials in the brief here-and-there snippets I can catch of cable television (and after awhile, recognizing the jokes she’d quote most frequently, even going so far as to spit them back at her as if I, too, was familiar with them firsthand. See how I did that? It’s called years of practice at trying to look cool. I am the master*).
Uh, well, anyway. Moving right along. While I was folding metric tonnages of laundry the other night, I watched Tosh’s Comedy Central special Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious. I don’t normally watch stand-up specials, but I figured I’d try to throw Netflix through (for?) a (the?) loop** and mix it up a bit – Haha, Netflix! You predict that I will rate this Lifetime Movie with two stars, but I gave it three just because it features an actor I find physically attractive who was in that one episode of that one show and now according to some really obscure message board I read, he’s in the background of one of the opening scenes and yes, I purposefully watched the entire fucking thing hoping he’d reappear later but NOPE I just wasted 92 minutes of my life, so yeah, I guess you win this time, Netflix.
It was pretty stinkin’ funny, let me tell ya. His style isn’t exactly gentle or subtle humor, and there were more than a few “Wow, did he just say that?” jokes. But there’s a big part of me that likes that kind of thing, in a “well, we’re all thinking it, right?” kind of way. Tosh himself even says “I don’t pander to the audience” at one point. Well, duh, Daniel. That was pretty obvious from the get-go.
But before you’re completely turned off, the jokes about dirty Cajuns and the morning-after pill are only lightly sprinkled around other one-liner gems like “I don’t think I could stab somebody, ’cause I’m really bad at a Capri Sun” or “‘Money doesn’t buy happiness.’ Uh, do you live in America? ‘Cause it buys a WaveRunner. Have you ever seen a sad person on a WaveRunner? Have you?”
So, internets, have you seen this special? What did you think? And do you watch his internet-clip show Tosh.0 (I think I’m the only one in North America who does not, if I am to believe aforementioned Friend)?
I’d give it 4/5 stars, if I gave ratings for things like this (have I before? It’s been so long since I reviewed something I forgot).
*Really, Julie? Uh, anyone who claims they’re a master at pretending to be cool is clearly a master of being a shithead.
**For the love of Christ will someone explain to me how that expression goes?