Bill Burr

Why Do I Do This? | Comedy Central
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 26, 2008
3.5 3.5 Stars
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Former Boston stand-up guy Bill Burr has lost more than his hair over the years: a layer of inhibition has been buzz-cut away from his latest observational comedy (caught on this DVD of the hour-long Comedy Central special that debuts this Sunday) that his Chappelle’s Show appearances only suggested. The tirades he delivers here, always laced with self-depreciation (the title is a line he frequently uses to introduce his mistakes), amount to a lovingly mean-spirited string of barbs aimed at racists, idiots, girlfriends, bikers, and well, just about everybody. Of course, compared with his YouTubed 2006 tirade at a Philadelphia audience — where in a super-profane 10-minute spiel he suggests the crowd get eyeball-gang-raped and throws in “Fuck the Liberty Bell and shove it up Ben Franklin’s ass” — this is tame. But it’s also crassly brilliant.

BILL BURR | WHY DO I DO THIS? | Comedy Central | August 31

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