THE ‘INSOMNIAC TOUR’ TRAVELED TO OVER 35 MAJOR CITIES ACROSS THE US IN 2005.
Inspired by Dave Attell’s popular Comedy Central series, this concert movie deposits him and three fellow comics, including the wildly popular Dane Cook, at the House of Blues in Las Vegas to deliver some raucous and frequently funny material before an appreciative crowd. Those who know Attell’s misanthropic stage persona from his series won’t be disappointed by his material here, though he functions mainly as host for his three co-headliners. Rouse takes the easy route with jokes aimed straight for the heart of the rowdy audience (sex, booze, drugs), Giraldo mixes gags based around fatherhood with some political humor, while Cook, whose status has blossomed to near-superstardom thanks to tours like this, is broad and fairly foul-mouthed, but gives an engagingly manic performance, which is well received by the heavily lubricated twenty-something crowd. Extras include brief glimpses of the comedians as they navigate backstage, cruise the Vegas Strip, and interact with some of the local wildlife; there’s also a 20-minute behind-the-scenes featurette with interviews and footage from the tour. –Paul Gaita