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Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore

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The rising comedy star debuts her first full-length stand up special live at the historic Fillmore Theatre. Kristen Schaal, best known for her work on The Daily Show, Flight of the Conchords, Bob's Burgers and 30 Rock, continues to be a rising presence in the alternative comedy scene. Kristen's devoted fanbase will be clamoring for this release. Enter the truly unique world of Kristen's comedy with this extended and uncensored special where inanimate objects come alive and experience the twists and turns that set this special apart from all others.

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Format:Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Number of Discs:1
Studio:Comedy Central
Run Time:60 minutes
DVD Release Date:April 02, 2013
Average Customer Rating: based on 27 reviews

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Average Customer Review:3.5 ( 27 customer reviews )
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7 of 8 found the following review helpful:

3Comedienne Schaal Deconstructs A Classic Comedy Concert To Rather Divisive Results  Apr 11, 2013 By K. Harris "Film aficionado"
I feel it's fair to say that I'm a pretty big fan of comedienne Kristen Schaal (or as she'd say on Flight of the Conchords, her Number One fan). I think as an actress, she enlivens just about any program that she is featured on with a wild sense of unpredictability. Seriously, you're never quite sure what to expect once Schaal pops onto the scene. In that sense, maybe her twisted concert performance at San Francisco's Fillmore Theater isn't so surprising. Schaal pulls a bit of a bait and switch, though, for those expecting a traditional routine. This is not a stand-up set, per se, but a more experimental piece of theater. Schaal attempts to deconstruct the notion of a comedy concert by presenting one that descends into disaster. I'm shocked to discover that some took the exercise seriously, it is clearly scripted to be the worst stand-up set ever. Whether or not you classify the experience as entertainment, however, might be the element that is up for debate.

"Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore" is definitely a piece that will provoke a strong reaction one way or another. In that way, it succeeds much as it was intended. Half the performance plays rather conventionally, but then the piece devolves into a number of awkward bits, silent gaps, and off-stage tantrums. It is an interesting idea, I'm just not sure that it worked as well as it might. By being purposefully awful, does that make it great? Or does it just make it awful? Ultimately, that's where the audience will divide. Some will think that Schaal is a daring genius, some will be utterly perplexed. Truthfully, I stand somewhere in the middle. I liked the idea behind the experiment (and many of the associated skits such as Whoopee, the hospital finale, the dressing room meltdown), but much of what was meant to be awkward is just that. It's awkward and not particularly entertaining.

Schaal surrounds herself with old friends. Her "Bob's Burgers" co-star Eugene Mirman is on hand as well as her old partner Kurt Braunohler as the emcee (if you haven't seen his mock game show "Bunk," look into it). But the success or failure of the piece rests on how willing you are to go with Schaal on this journey. I was certainly willing, but it's definitely not for everyone. If you pick up the DVD, though, (as opposed to watching this on-demand or on TV) there is quite a bit of additional material to round out the presentation. KGHarris, 4/13.

The DVD presentation also offers additional bits by Schaal in the Bonus Features:
1) "Comedy Central Presents: Kristen Schaal," a 21 minute performance from 2009.
2) A 17 minute 2010 performance from "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show."
3) Three bits from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" for about another 17 minutes.

4 of 4 found the following review helpful:

2Like watching Kaufman read the Great Gatsby, too inside a joke..  Apr 04, 2013 By Norm "Silent Music"
Even though I watched this live performance twice, it just doesn't work for me. It is right to say that Schaal's act was performance art, but at whose cost? To me, the second half of this comedy concert drained the upside of the first half.

This doesn't change my appreciation of Kristen Schaal and her disarming but edgy demeanor. But, in the best window of performance art, nothing I'd care to watch again happened after a very good beginning.

6 of 8 found the following review helpful:

2Love It or Hate It  Apr 02, 2013 By TieAFly
I originally thought of giving Kristen Schaal's "Live at the Fillmore" three stars, but then I realized that I couldn't be that impartial to it. This is one of those things that will make strong opinions in one direction or the other. I liked Schaal's odd Hazel character on "30 Rock", and I enjoy her bits for "The Daily Show", but I can't seem to appreciate what she is trying to do here.

Granted, I "get" what she's doing, in contrast to some of the 5-star reviews that suggest us negative reviewers missed the point. I get it. The whole hour-long special leans heavily into Kaufman territory, and that was supposed to be the joke. Unfortunately it's a joke with an nonexistent set-up and no punchline. The problem lies in the fact that Schaal is really performing two completely different acts here.

In the first half-hour Schaal performs some eccentric-but-traditional routines. She spends a good deal of time (moreso than I enjoyed) discussing the taint, but then has a rather amusing "audition" as a magician's assistant and a goofy-enough-to-be-hilarious bit about ghost poop than segues into commercial break. When she returns Schaal performs a corny joke that falls flat and after that point the entire show does an one-eighty. I'll leave the other reviewers to describe what happens next, but needless to say it is an unexpected foray into absurdist comedy that confused me more than anything else. Schaal's later denial of the show on social media and in the press only adds another layer of WTF-ness to the whole thing.

This may be an act that takes some time to be appreciated, like Kaufman or Norm MacDonald's oddly positive anti-roast of Bob Saget. By the end of it, as Schaal does her impersonation of a horse while her partner does his best at turning the place into a barnhall dance, I was pretty certain Schaal was either some sort of genius or was trying her best to disassociate herself with Comedy Central.

I think I would have appreciated this more if the whole show was as strange as the second half, or as eccentric as the first, but not both. I guess sometimes I like to laugh without having to think about it too hard.

7 of 10 found the following review helpful:

2Not sure about this one  Apr 02, 2013 By Mark Nemec
Just watched this and really didnt get it. Had a couple good moments, but was she trying to channel her inner Andy Kaufman? Long moments of silence in the audience? As performance art, maybe it works, but I was hoping for more laughs.

4 of 6 found the following review helpful:

1Not for me; hope she tries again  Apr 30, 2013 By M. Pitcavage
I am a long-time Kristen Schaal fan and quite looked forward to her first special. Alas, it turned out to be the sort of thing that 80%+ of her potential audience would probably hate. Although it starts off well enough, it descends into a Kaufmanesque pit that in the end simply fails to be entertaining. A small minority of people will love this odd deliberately awful performance, but for most people, even devoted enthusiasts of stand-up, it will either bore or irritate.

Had this been a 10 minute routine rather than an hourlong special, the concept might have worked. Or it also might have worked had the deliberately awful part been entertainingly bad. As it is, I rather suspect many who saw it originally on TV turned it off around the 45 minute mark. I made it to 55 minutes or so myself, but in the end, I had to ask myself whether or not I could spend those five minutes better. I could.

Schaal is an extremely talented comedian and if this is the only thing of hers you've seen, don't judge her based solely on this. Give her another shot.

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