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Daniel Tosh: People Pleaser DVD Review

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Special & DVD Details

Original Air Date: April 17, 2016 / Running Time: 50 Minutes (broadcast version), 62 Minutes (extended and uncensored version) / Rating: Not Rated

Star/Writer: Daniel Tosh / Director: Marcus Raboy / Executive Producers: Daniel Tosh, John Irwin, Christie Smith, Stacy Mark

1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / Dolby Digital 5.1 (English)
Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired; Not Closed Captioned
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2016 / Suggested Retail Price: $14.98
Single-sided, single-layered disc (DVD-5) / Black Eco-Friendly Keepcase

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With "Tosh.0", Daniel Tosh has carved himself a small piece of cable television history. The rare Comedy Central series to keep getting renewed,
that series highlighting funny videos found on the Internet is now in its eighth season, but hosting and producing it isn't keeping Tosh from doing other things, like stand-up comedy, long his bread and butter. Daniel Tosh: People Pleaser is the comedian's fourth special for Comedy Central and his first in five years.

Taped in Los Angeles last July, it will premiere on Sunday and reach DVD two days later. The DVD is notable for presenting the special in both its 50-minute broadcast format that bleeps the infrequent F-word and an extended, uncensored edit running 62 minutes. (50 minutes instead of the standard 42 after ads, because the special's one-hour timeslot will have limited commercial interruption.) It is nice and unusual for Comedy Central to give viewers a choice on DVD. The two edits are not dramatically different, with the extended one featuring little additions throughout.

Daniel Tosh performs an hour of comedy in his latest Comedy Central stand-up special, "People Pleaser."

Either way, you get Tosh on a foggy stage in navy blue pants and canvas sneakers. He cracks jokes about topics he has before and with the same jaded irreverence and political incorrectness for which he's known. He starts by acknowledging that America might not be the #1 country in the world, but resides somewhere in the top 10. He moves on to reflect on slavery, unemployment, children, fertility drugs, the inaccessibility of orphanages, his experiences with Make-a-Wish, and half-marathons. After lending his insight to relationships and sex, he addresses LeBron James' return to Cleveland and ends by sharing two road rage incidents, one he lost and one he won.

As usual, Tosh flirts with racism and misogyny, but he does it with a sarcastic smile that somehow puts you at ease in a way that Jeff Dunham's bigoted puppets do not. Tosh looks harmless and he is fairly witty.
He knows the buttons to push to draw reactions and that approach has earned him some detractors over his years in the limelight. He does not seem to occupy the same world as other stand-ups like Louis C.K. Though he turned 40 nearly a year ago, Tosh looks much younger and his "Tosh.0" audience would appear to skew young as well. The craft of Tosh's stand-up is invisible. He doesn't seem to sweat transitions, pauses, body language, or delivery. He's just talking and saying inappropriate things that he knows will get laughs (from both the audience we never see and those watching at home).

And he does, even if you disagree with much of what he says and find some of it offensive. Offensive material is an integral part of contemporary stand-up and Tosh seems to have a pretty good handle on getting away with saying nasty things in a reasonably amusing way.


With no Blu-ray edition, Tosh has to settle for standard definition here. The DVD's 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack are both perfectly fine, if not terribly noteworthy. English subtitles are supplied on both edits of the feature presentation.

As the basic main/only menu indicates, "Daniel Tosh: People Pleaser" is the rare Comedy Central DVD to serve up both broadcast and uncensored versions.


Comedy Central includes no bonus features whatsoever alongside the dual presentations of the special.

The menus are static and silent. The black eco-friendly keepcase is devoid of inserts, but the disc at least sports a full-color label.


People Pleaser meets one's expectations for a Daniel Tosh stand-up comedy special. Tosh hasn't lost his touch or gone soft. He's still bringing the line-pushing comedy with sarcasm and smiles. The special warrants a viewing for fans of his act and the DVD offers a better way to give it that than watching on Comedy Central.

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Reviewed April 12, 2016.

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