Harland Williams is one of the most unique individuals in the modern history of stand-up comedy. This comedian has already made millions laugh with his roles in the likes of Half Baked, Dumb and Dumber, and Rocketman. He has also entertained the masses with his stand-up routine all across the late night talk shows. Now, Williams is back again with a live DVD unlike any that his counterparts have released. It’s unlike anything that audiences have seen, too. For all intents and purposes, Williams’ new DVD, A Force of Nature is less a live release than a one man show set out in nature.
As odd as it may seem to have a one man show outdoors, it’s actually rather smart. What audiences get in this new DVD release is just Harland Williams, a series of cameras, and nature; nothing else. Williams even notes to viewers that there are no audiences to cue them when to laugh. It’s just audiences watching him perform. And if he thinks viewers should laugh at one point or another, he throws sunflower seeds at the camera. Yes this is juvenile to say the least. But in its own bizarre way, it may make some audiences laugh. Speaking of knowing when to laugh, most audiences won’t have to worry about knowing when to laugh as his material is so off the wall that one can’t help but laugh, even as disturbing as some of his material is. He spends roughly a good ten minutes going on a rant about what he calls “SOs” or Successful Orgasms. Needless to say, this material is not something that would be considered safe for younger viewers. But older audiences won’t be able to hold back the laughs, as childish as Williams acts throughout this part of his act. It’s just one part of what will keep audiences watching and laughing. Williams also goes on rants of sorts about hecklers, predator drones, and so much more.
Williams’ act aside, another factor that makes his new release interesting is its production values. Considering that Williams spends his entire near hour long performance outside, he must have had a wind screen on his mic. That’s assumed as there’s no wind noise going through his mic. And the camera work adds to Williams’ almost manic delivery. This may come across as something minor to most audiences. But as he notes early in the program, what audiences get in this performance isn’t one of those performances held in what is essentially a controlled environment. Even the production crew is at the mercy of Mother Nature here. And considering how small his space was in which to perform, the camera crew did an impressive job of staying up with Williams’ constant movement rather than leaving viewers feeling dizzied, trying to keep up with him. It’s one more positive to the overall experience.
Needless to say that considering Williams brand of comedy both in his material and in the presentation, Harland Williams has created in A Force of Nature a stand up performance that is unlike anything else. The production values of this release add their own positive element, too. It all comes together to make for a DVD that is a good introduction for Williams’ new audiences, and an equally entertaining piece for more experienced audiences. It’s available in stores and online now. Audiences can keep up with all the latest from Harland on his official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/officialharlandwilliams on his official website, http://harlandwilliams.com and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/harlandwilliams. Audiences can even get all of his latest podcasts online for free at http://bit.ly/buaFvX.
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