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Funny Business - Niagara Comedy Seminar 2007 Review

September 1st, 2015 9:54am
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Reviewed by Doc Johnson
PROS

I have mixed feelings about this DVD. On the “PRO” side, there are three performances, one by each headliner. They are funny and good.

There were interviews which were interesting and informative.

CONS

On the “CON” side, at least one of the headliners said that what he performed is not his normal set, and it looked like he was holding back.

One of the headliners referred to “the lecture”, but “the lecture” was not on the DVD.

Some of the interviews came across dated and perhaps not so inspiring, this is a bit how it felt: “I started comedy magic back in 19xx. It was all different back then…” Some of it just felt like it didn’t apply to today.

VERDICT

Entertaining to watch, but it could have been much more.

Product info for Funny Business - Niagara Comedy Seminar 2007

Author: David Peck
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $39.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

If you are serious about being funny - this DVD is for you! Shot live at the Niagara Comedy Magic Seminar in January 2007 FUNNY BUSINESS is packed with professional information, invaluable experience and hilarious performances. View clips from a public show featuring John Ferrentino, Dave Merry, and Bob Sheets. Following the performances are in-depth interviews, a post show Q&A analyzing performance techniques and an in-depth panel discussion featuring John Park, Doug Hunk, Bob Sheets, Dave Merry, and Larry Horowitz.

John Ferrentino: The Long Island comedian has been one of the most innovative forces on both the comedy and magic scenes for the last two decades. John has appeared on more than fifty television shows, including "The Pat Sajack Shows," "Caroline's Comedy Hour," "Evening At The Improv," and as a regular guest on "Comic Strip Live", performing alongside such noted comics as Ray Romano, Eddie Murphy, Kevin James, and Rosie O'Donnell. Ferrentino is also a regular at TM MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Dave Merry: David Merry is a comedian, magician, TV host, actor, emcee and golf professional. Toronto born and raised, Merry is often referred to as "Comedy's Mad Man of Magic". Dave is a past recipient of Canada's "Club Comic of the Year" Award, and his one man shows, "Don't Panic Remain.com" was nominated Best One Man Show at the Canadian Comedy awards. David has performed at The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laff Factory, and The Icehouse in Los Angeles!

Bob Sheets: Bob's humorous presentation style is experience gained from one of the most diverse work histories in magic. Credentials in a variety of venues include Circus and Side Show performer, Magic Bartender/Owner, Street Magician, Renaissance Festival performer, Trade Show crowd stopper and Sales Meeting wake up artist! Bob lectures and performs for magicians all over the world. In 1996 Bob won first place in London at the prestigious "Ron MacMillian; World Closer-Up".

Doug Funk: Doug is an award winning and two times nominated comedian. He is a seasoned performer with a fresh and contagious style, whose entertainment background has molded him into one of Canada's funniest and most versatile comics.

John Park: John's wide-ranging career has taken him from Hollywood, where he appeared on HBO's award "Larry Sanders Shows" starring Garry Shanding, to Las Vegas, where he performed in "Splash" at the Riviera. He has worked with Huey Lewis and the News, The Grateful Dead, and the Jerry Garcia Band.

Larry Horowitz: Larry is widely regarded as an expert in the field of humor. He is the Director of the Humber College Comedy Writing and Performance program and was the first Canadian to win the $10,000 grand prize from America's Funniest People. His TV appearances have included: The Joan Rivers Shows, Late Night with David Letterman, and Evening At The Improv.

Running Time Approximately 110min


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