Dec. 28, 2012
Tosh.O is one of
those shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000 where you think, Geez, I could
have come up with that idea. But you didn’t. So just enjoy the show. For those
who are unfamiliar with the program, it’s basically a comedian, Daniel Tosh,
showing internet videos and poking fun at them. There is more to it, of course.
Episodes feature video breakdowns, web redemptions and viewer videos. This
three-disc set includes sixteen episodes, plus quite a bit of bonus material.
I like that Daniel
Tosh is unafraid of poking fun at the very folks who make his show popular. At
the beginning of the first episode he mentions how people voted online as to
what he should wear on the show. He then says, “And I want you to know your
votes were wasted. They didn’t count. Your opinions are stupid.” Maybe I’m a
bad person, but I love that stuff. I also love the shot of the woman choking on
a cupcake, particularly when the person trying to save her ends up smashing her
head against the table.
In the second episode
he shows a video of a black guy tossing his daughter toward a basketball hoop
so she can make a basket. Tosh says, “This is what the WNBA needs – men
throwing women closer to the basket. The most impressive part of that clip is
seeing a black father spend time with his child.” Daniel Tosh is best when
making those sorts of fearless observations.
About comedy he says
(in the eighth episode), “The only reason I got into comedy was because I found
out when you have a real job you’re not allowed to talk openly about abortion.”
Perfect. And in the ninth episode there is a video of a baby seated inside a
hollowed-out watermelon. Tosh quips, “I can’t wait for Gallagher to smash this one.” (That episode also has the best “Web Redemption,”
with a completely incompetent weatherman.)
Sometimes the show
gets bogged down with a segment. In the third episode, there is a little too
much time spent on the “What What In The Butt” bit, and so instead of laughing you
have time to reflect on the whole idea of the series. On the one hand, it’s
great that anyone can be famous for doing a stupid video online. On the other
hand, it’s totally sad and depressing that our culture has degenerated to this
And of course Daniel
Tosh is completely wrong about soccer (see the fifth episode). Soccer is a
great game – a much better game than American football.
Where he completely
loses me is when he rips into Shakespeare in the tenth episode. First Tosh says
that all theatre is bad. Then: “And Shakespeare’s the worst of all. No one
understands what thou art talking about. Hamlet. More like Ham-shit.” I have to
assume he’s joking. But it’s not funny. Ham-shit?
Really? What makes me sad is the audience laughed. That means they’re all too
stupid to understand Shakespeare themselves, and now feel somehow validated in
not being about to understand it. So rather than try to improve themselves,
they’ll feel better about their level of idiocy. And what’s to keep these
morons from reproducing? Someone needs to stop them.
DVD Bonus Features
This three-disc set
features a lot of bonus material, all of it on the third disc. The first bonus
feature is the full 24-minute spoiler for The Human Centipede. I watched this
right after watching the film (as I hadn’t seen The Human Centipede before, and
didn’t want it actually spoiled), and it totally cracked me up. Because yes,
there are some stupid things in the film. Why did the girls suddenly wander into
the woods? And how did the doctor get the human centipede upstairs each time?
And yes, those drawings are done by a five-year-old. This bonus feature is
funnier than a lot of the material in the actual episodes. But he does mess up
the order of things a bit.
The bonus features
also include the extended bit on how Daniel Tosh would fare in fights with
celebrities, and an extended sequence on Things You Should Never Run Into A
Room And Yell.
But most of the bonus
material is extended interviews with the people appearing in the Web Redemption
Tosh.O: Deep V’s was
released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 21, 2012.