Having first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second
season of Chappelle’s Show, Bill Burr was actually the first comedian
to perform on Conan O’Brien’s short-lived version of The Tonight Show, and is still a regular performer on The
Late Show with David Letterman. Representing the culmination of material he developed through 2008 and ’09, his new concert special Let It Go finds Burr, trading in what he deems his own brand of “uninformed observational logic,” mixing hilarity with honesty, in often self-eviscerating fashion.
Directed by Shannon Hartman, and captured from a set at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, the hour-long Let It Go finds Burr in top form, riffing in irascible fashion on his many disgusts. Watching a woman eating multiple Egg McMuffins and then wipe her face with the bag leads Burr to conclude that he’s pro-swine flu (“We need more plagues”). Burr, who is also on tour
this fall with his new show, You
People Are All the Same, then talks about his girlfriend’s love of all holidays, and pondering suicide as a means to escape the off-the-cuff commitment of making a pie for Thanksgiving. His funniest material, though, shrewdly attacks the differences in the sexes. Burr talks about liking to watch his girlfriend watch Oprah Winfrey, and he amusingly lays into the false difficulties of motherhood (“Women are constantly patting themselves on the back for how difficult their lives are, and no one corrects them — because they want to fuck them!”). Those sniffing a strictly misogynistic sensibility, however, get an amusing surprise when Burr turns his guns on men: strokes at 55 years of age, he asserts, come from five decades of stupidly suppressing the urge to hug puppies, admit kids are cute and the like.
Housed in a regular plastic Amaray case, Bill Burr: Let It Go comes to DVD presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, with an English language Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound audio track. Bonus features on the disc consist of outtakes and a couple excised bits, as well as material from and about Burr’s popular Monday morning podcast. Bill Burr: Let It Go is also available via digital download, incidentally, but to purchase the DVD via Amazon, click here. B+ (Concert) C+ (Disc)