Actor:Norm Crosby Genres:Comedy Sub-Genres:Stand-Up Studio:Big Vision Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 06/14/2005 Release Year: 2005 Run Time: 10hr 0min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 5 SwapaDVD Credits: 5 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 0 Edition: Box set MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
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Richard Kaplan | Bloomsburg, Pa United States | 06/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I ordered this set expecting a wide assortment of stand up routines taped through the years in a wide variety of settings. This five DVD set is 25 half hour episodes from a syndicated show hosted by Norm Crosby called "The Comedy Shop" all from 1978. When I realized what I was getting I was dissapointed, but it is fun to watch.You get every episode of that show featuring well known comedians of the day, comedians who would go on to greater fame and a whole lot of one hit wonders. Its fun to watch this time capsule from 27 years ago.Forthe price it's a good deal."
World's Greatest Stand Up Comedy
Tommy Moore | Philadelphia, Pa | 08/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent!!! (And I usually don't take time to review a product, but this one deserves it) I teach Stand-up Comedy, The History of American Humor at Temple University's TARP Program. I have a collection of over 3,000 hours of stand up on video, and over 1,100 comedy albums (so I'm fairly jaded!).This compillation is "special" - a must own - in that it includes many comicswho rarely did TV, like Catskill and Vegas guys: Joey Villa, Dick Lord, Greg Lewis, Jackie Gayle, Mickey Marvin, Billy Fellows, Morty Gunty, Sal Richards, Stewie Stone, Jackie Kahane, Jeremy Krispien (formerly Vernon), Joey Van, Bob Anderson and more ---sure, there are the household words in this collection: Berle, Youngman, Hackett, Crosby, Shawn, Leno, Gallagher, Mason, Diller, and (Jackie) Vernon ... but the real treats of this boxed set are the "hard to find footage of guys" previously mentioned...if you like clean, classic, night club comedy, this is for you...all I ask is that they put out a volume 2- I'll be the first customer! Tommy Moore"
D. Ransom | 01/18/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this full of excitement, being a die-hard comedy fan. Don't expect rare footage- this is all taken from a 70's(?) television show.
The humor is toned-down, cliche, and predictable. It's cool to see some famous people of today back when they weren't household names, but they are not outrageous or hysterical or even very original. Dry material for a dry audience. Not enough laughs per hour. If you can find it for $5 I would recommend it."
Norm Crosby hits a home run.
Jim Bacon | Northridge, CA USA | 08/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've reviewed most of the popular comedy DVDs, but the World's Greatest Stand Up Comedy Collection stands out. It seems like every comic who I respect is on it, from Jay Leno and Garry Shandling, to legends like Milton Berle (in top form here) and Henny Youngman. I always loved Norm Crosby, but seeing how he put together all these comedy giants really impressed me. He's got to be the most underrated of all the great stand-ups. The way he ties all the various acts together, it's fair to say he's also one of the great hosts in TV history.
I can't imagine any comedy fan not falling in love with this. I really got a kick out of watching the young Michael Keaton (I never knew he even did stand-up!) and Nathan Lane. Clocking in at 12 hours, there's enough great material here to keep you laughing for weeks. It seems that the distributor of these discs, Big Vision Entertainment, really came up with a gold mine of material. Highly recommended."
Like watching a train wreck
Basamania | NY | 12/12/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"My wife and I watched it, but a lot of the material was really bad. Very corny jokes, so bad they hurt in some cases. Definitely a lot of material for the money though compared to other stand up DVD's. There are enough funny skits to warrant the purchase I guess, but you have to filter through a lot of bad jokes to find them."