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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Janeane Garofalo: If You Will'
(Janeane Garofalo / DVD / NR / 2010 / IMAGE Entertainment)

Overview: In her new comedy special, Janeane Garofalo cuts loose with twisted and hysterical observations on everything from pop culture to the to the end of sex as we know it.

DVD Verdict: Filmed live in front of a sold-out audience at Seattle’s legendary Moore Theatre, Garofalo is unfiltered, unrestricted and hilarious ... well, that's what it says in the press release, anyway!

Now, I've never been much of a fan of Garofalo, this is (very) true, and so I thought I'd take a crack at watching this live stand-up, just to see if a) she had improved, and b) if she was actually funny these days.

The (personal) verdict? Well, admittedly, this is her first solo special in over a decade, but this Emmy nominated stand-up gal digs worryingly lightly into such topics as 'Natalie Portman' ("If I could be Natalie Portman I'd be so different. I'd have the world on a string. I don't know here, but she held an elevator for me once - and I was taking a really long time. I didn't know she was in there, but all of a sudden I hear this little voice from down the hall, 'Hi, are you coming?' And I looked down and I see this perfect porcelain hand holding the door open for me.") = unfunny; and 'Mistaken For Herself' ("Another thing that happened, happened at a coffee place called Starbucks, and the barista, a very nice person said, 'I don't mean to offend you, but you look like Janeane Garofalo.' None taken, none taken. But then, of course, on the heels of that came, 'Whatever happened to her?' I was like, I wish I knew. I kinda liked her too.") = unfunny.

Two more examples are: 'Awkward Adolescent Groping' ("What I thought was a harmless pool party, ping pong, pizza and pool, turned out that I think we must be at this age where after pizza there's a game called 7 Minutes in the Closet. Which I still want no part of! But, I was kinda coerced into it and there was some kissing and some manual effrontery to my bathing suit area. And I was absolutely undone by this. So, this kid tried to manhandle me parts and so I just got on my bike and went home.") = unfunny; and finally 'Dry Heels' ("Gentleman, your heels are so dry. And it's so simple, the remedy. The lotion that's already by your bed, I'm not judging, I'm not accusing; but on an evening when you're gonna bend to the task, just get an extra dollop and hit the heel on the way up. You're going that way anyway. Then get it again on the way down and then put a clean sock on it. What does it take. What does it take. Then you wake up in the morning and you've got a supple heel. You're welcome.") = unfunny. And, seriously, what's up with all those nasty-ass tattoos?! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Janeane On Pets
Congressman's Dream