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Comedy Bang! Bang!: The Complete Second Season
Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Studio: Starz

Reviewed by: Jordan C.

If I were to use the writing crutch I affectionately refer to as the “recipe” style of review, I would tell you this show is a generous helping of stupidity with just a dash of brilliance. I can’t figure out for the life of me what people find funny about host Scott Auckerman. I do, however, completely understand the allure of co-host and one-man band Reggie Watts (formerly keyboardist of the group Maktub). The guy is just brimming with spontaneous music, and he can play any genre…or at least a very close approximation of any genre. Now, the other thing that confounds me is the quality guest line-up. Sure, it’s not Kimmel level, but for a show that started as a weekly comedy podcast you have to be impressed that names like Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), Clark Greg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Jessica Alba (Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For) are willing to partake in Auckerman’s antics.

The show consists of Scott and Reggie chatting for a moment and then doing a bit, this is followed by the “official” guest, and finally a lesser known comedian will come on in character. For example in Episode 8, we get some Q&A with Sarah Silverman followed by Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Stan Couples, the world’s fastest talker. It’s similar to how Carson or Dave used to have “human interest” guests like Jack Hanna, the zookeeper. Most of the time Reggie’s music and the second guest are what keep me coming back for more.

Though I am not of fan of Aukerman, I’m not going to hate because I have watched both full seasons of Comedy Bang! Bang! and laughed at just as much as I grimaced at.




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