Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention? Review

Alonzo Bodden has been called "the spawn of Carlin". This isn't a bad comparison. Like the late, great George Carlin, Bodden makes astute and hilarious observations on life and the decline of Western Civilization. Someone needed to fill the void Carlin left and Bodden may be the man to do it. While he's not a young kid just starting out (He was 48 when he performed this stand-up comedy concert) but he may be a late bloomer.

Alonzo Bodden first came to public attention when he won NBC's Last Comic Standing. He's appeared on the Tonight Show and other programs and has been doing stand-up all over the world for several years. He has a Carlin-eque gift for seeing the absurdity in the world around us and exposing it in the form of his laugh-out-loud observations.

Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention is a one-hour special, performed in New York and it contains some comic gems. He riffs on the media, airport security, metrosexuals, our current economic woes, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, texting, gay marriage, seemingly endless road construction, the immigration issue, and many other things. He muses on the problems faced by Barrack Obama as the first black President, having to deal with high expectations, terrorists, war and the return of "17th Century crime" by pirates.

Bodden does do some racial humor but he doesn't spend much time on it, preferring to be more of an all-access comedian. George Carlin actually talked about race more than Bodden does. Bodden's humor leans somewhat to the left but he doesn't use his whole show to bash the right, as Carlin did or Bill Maher still does. He doesn't use excessive profanity, but he's not exactly rated G. He's not as clean as Bill Cosby but he doesn't overuse profanity the way Eddie Murphy did in his stand-up routines.

Much of modern humor is controversial and meant to shock, but this concert isn't in that realm. These isn't much inflammatory material. He isn't nearly as edgy as George Carlin was in his early days, but on the other hand, he has (so far) avoided the angry rants that ruined Carlin's later years as a comedian.

Alonzo Bodden has a likeable quality, which makes him very accessible. He has a cross-generational, cross-race, cross-gender appeal. His observations are as valid as they are funny. This is a consistently funny stand-up concert that flies by because Bodden will keep you laughing for an hour.

DVD Bonus Features

This DVD contains an interview with comedian Alonzo Bodden, as well as some quick-cut sound-bites on a variety of topics.

"Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention?" is on sale March 1, 2011 and is not rated. Comedy. Written and directed by Alonzo Bodden. Starring Alonzo Bodden.

Rob Young

Robert is obsessed with movies. He has a background in advertising and a long history of freelance writing but there's nothing he loves to write about more than movies. Let him dissect a film and he's a happy man. His favorite movie stars of all time are the Marx Brothers. He hates Cheech and Chong.


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