David Cross: Let America Laugh

Overview

OK, so Let America Laugh is not a sketch comedy performance compilation nor is it the visual version of the excellent two-disc comedy record Shut Up You Fucking Baby. If it's any thing, it could be called a tour documentary. Lovable rascal comedian David Cross asks filmmaker Lance Bangs to follow him around with a video camera during his 2002 summer tour. Traveling in a minivan with band Ultrababyfat, Cross visits the heartland of America and heads west. The documentary, such as it is, contains some stand-up ...
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Overview

OK, so Let America Laugh is not a sketch comedy performance compilation nor is it the visual version of the excellent two-disc comedy record Shut Up You Fucking Baby. If it's any thing, it could be called a tour documentary. Lovable rascal comedian David Cross asks filmmaker Lance Bangs to follow him around with a video camera during his 2002 summer tour. Traveling in a minivan with band Ultrababyfat, Cross visits the heartland of America and heads west. The documentary, such as it is, contains some stand-up comedy with a lot of backstage footage and on-the-road hijinks. It starts in the South, with Cross trying to deal with loud, obnoxious audiences. The minivan stops in various American cities (and one Canadian) to do a show and attend various parties. Cross makes enemies with a macho club owner, is persued by a duo of blonde groupies, and does an impromptu interview with a drunken promoter. After a few shows in California and a promotional appearance at a Virgin megastore with the Mr. Show cast, the tour ends in his home town of Atlanta, GA.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Using his comedic gift of deconstruction, David Cross effectively invents and subsequently breaks new rules for tour documentaries with Let America Laugh. There's not much standup material, other than a few bits that can already be heard on Shut Up You Fucking Baby. The real meat of this disc is the behind-the-scenes footage, mostly shot by filmmaker Lance Bangs. Like a more coherent 200 Motels, the film explores the mental condition of touring. Or maybe it's just a skillfully edited road trip across America. Either way, it's hilariously degrading. Cross frequently works elements of his semi-celebrity status into his routines anyway, so it just makes sense that the documentary would follow suit. Much time is spent dealing with the wasted masses that flock to his shows, some of which can't contain their enthusiasm for the man. It would be an excellent idea if it didn't come across as so mean-spirited. No one is safe from his harsh judgment of coolness, a schtick that quickly becomes tiresome. He's good at pointing sarcasm in many different directions, but this time he seems to be focusing too much energy on mocking his supporters. However, it may just be the sharp and bitter overdose some fans crave. While it may not warrant repeat listening like the CD, the DVD is still a decent supplement of self-loathing entertainment.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
There's plenty of astute political humor and self-deprecating one-liners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • UPC: 098787055696
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sub Pop
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,183

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Cross
Technical Credits
Lance Bangs Director
David Cross Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Beast
2. This Was Your Life
3. Murph
4. Big Daddy?
5. Holy Joe
6. The Warning
7. Trust Me
8. Who Cares?
9. The Big Spender
10. The Passover Plot
11. Burn Baby Burn
12. The Dreamer
13. Fire Starter
14. That Crazy Guy!
15. The Hit
16. Going to the Dogs
18. Is There Another Christ?
20. The Trick
23. The Hunter
24. Baby Talk
25. Humbug
26. The True Path
27. Gomez Is Coming
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Pilar Tells a Story
      What Do Gay Men Like on Their Pizza?
      Ainsley McTree
      Deleted Scenes
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