Janeane Garofalo should have stayed doing whatever it was she was doing and not tried to get back into stand up comedy, If You Will is not worth even a rental.
Film making 5/25
Bonus Features 5/25
This is the first comic I have seen on stage using a pad of notes to keep her act straight, that does not bode well for her comedy but at least she won’t lose her place. At least that is the impression when she starts off her stage act with jokes about her notes and the music stand to hold the pad.
Janeane Garofalo returns to the stage in an hour long live stand up act at the Moore Theatre in Seattle Washington for her first stand up act in ten years. Janeane gives her insights, political views and a few jabs at Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement.
Janeane Garofalo starts her comeback to stand up comedy with the explanation of the notes and the stand then continues to be blasé throughout the hour show. She behaves like she is talking to her friends over drinks at a bar or some evening fun at home instead of trying to make us laugh.
The show is not all that funny, of course with most stand up comedians you will get at least a laugh or two but here that is all you can expect. The show is not all that funny and you know as well that things are taking a bad turn when Janeane trots out a collage of puppies just to show she has a heart.
In her act she talks about being a mother and how she just does not want to, but she does like babies so to prove she has a good heart she makes a collage of puppy pictures. That gives you an idea of her show and things she does to highlight her comedy style and to show just how human and feeling she is.
If You Will does have a couple of good laughs but for the most part it feels much like she is justifying her political views and her take on other matters. Jabs at Sarah Palin and the Tea Part protestors highlight her political views but at other times you sit and wonder what she is talking about.
I also have to wonder about the idea of putting an hour long stand up routine on Blu-ray in the first place if the disc isn’t even close to being full. The hour show and a couple of extras, two videos about Pets and Representative Richard Martin just do not make enough content to fill a Blu-ray disc.
The addition of a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround Sound audio track is also questionable even if it sounds good and is quite clear. Surround sound on a stand up comedy act is just a waste and so is having it in full high definition when standard DVD would have been more than enough.
Janeane Garofalo If You Will is only available on Blu-ray which seems odd to me but is not really even worth the lower cost that you can find it for. Janeane Garofalo If You Will Live in Seattle is not really worth even a rental in my opinion.
If you find Janeane’s style of comedy and her political views appealing you may want to consider checking it out as a rental.