MONKEY REVIEW: Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show

June 7, 2008

Enormously entertaining documentary about Vince Vaughn’s ambitious comedy revue that traveled across the Midwest in 2005, starting in Hollywood and ending 30 days later in Chicago. Called Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show, it featured Vaughn hosting what amounted to a variety show with sets by four up and coming comedians (Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, and Sebastian Manisalco), intermixed with improvisational bits and guest appearances by friends like Jon Favreau, Justin Long and Keir O’Donnell, the latter two being actors Vaughn has appeared with in the movies Dodgeball and Wedding Crashers, respectively. Apart from the performance highlights, which are frequently hilarious, the movie’s worth seeing for the insightful and sometimes unexpectedly honest and moving interviews with the performers, both backstage and on the road, about the experience of doing stand-up comedy, their different approaches to it, and how they came to do stand-up in the first place. There’s also a revealing sequence where the comics go to distribute tickets to Hurricane Katrina victims living in a camping area: They’re reluctant at first, but then gradually warm to their task as they start to grasp the enormity of the disaster. Vaughn himself doesn’t try to hog the spotlight at all, and instead comes off as an articulate, thoughtful and supportive host to his traveling company of comedians. Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show goes on maybe a bit too long, but in general, it’s a very entertaining ride.


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One Response to “MONKEY REVIEW: Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show”

  1. patrick Says:

    Vince Vaughn and John Favreau in particular seem to make a good team

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