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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show
(2008-02-07)
(wgvu) - Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights-Hollywood to the Heartland is a documentary directed by Ari Sandel, that pulls the curtain back on a traveling comedy revue. Hosted by emcee Vince Vaughn, it features four up and coming comedians, and some actor friends of Vaughn, who perform sketches and do their stand up routines. The film features fragments from nearly all of the 30 shows, from California, to Texas, to Ohio, to Michigan and Ohio, and ending in Vaughn's hometown Chicago. Ahmed Ahmed is one of the comics, who also has some acting credits. Egyptian born, he riffs off of ethnicity in a post-9/11 America. (clip) Bret Ernst seems to have the seniority among the comedians. He is the most physical of the performers, using his elastic body to emphasize his punchlines. Sebastian Maniscalco is the one guy still working a day job in Hollywood, a long time waiter who moonlights as a comic. He is the most effected by his experience playing big crowds in theaters and auditoriums across the country. At the end of the movie we learn that he's now a comedian full-time. John Caparulo seems to get the most face-time among the comedians. (clip) Caparulo has the biggest foul mouth in the bunch. When the troupe ends up performing for an all-ages crowd, he's forced to self-edit which he incorporates into his act. Producer Peter Billingsley, who is best known for his role as Ralphie, the star of A Christmas Story is also along for the ride. One of the funniest moments is when he and Vaughn recreate a scene from the ABC After-School Special they made as kids. The audience gets a glimpse of the teenage Vaughn when they show a clip. Two young actors who have co-starred with Vaughn are also in the show. Keir O'Donnell who played the cross-dressing painter kid in Wedding Crashers and Justin Long from The Break Up joust with Vaughn, and also Jon Favreau who makes an appearance at one show. The best part of the Wild West Comedy Show is the behind the scenes stuff. The tour happened in the middle of Hurricane Katrina, and passes through Texas just as the hordes of refugees enter the state. We also meet the families of all four of the comics, and as a result we get an understanding of their comedy. I'm not a big stand-up comedy fan, but I enjoyed Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights-Hollywood to the Heartland. Even with such a cumbersome title. © Copyright 2021, wgvu