DVD Review: Reginald D Hunter Live
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3/5Reginald D Hunter’s justification that it is okay to laugh at a man’s encounters with the mother he “hates”, the n-word and rape is, unnaturally, convincing. It is a classic indication of where comedy in this country is heading; we love the jokes that instinctively make us laugh, before our social consciousness decides to bring a hand to our mouth, unlike our more humour-conservative neighbours across the pond (anyone remember Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes..?). This is of course a man who has achieved more success in Britain than he has in his home country. He understands the Brit (well, the white Brit) accurately; the “nation of people who have a drink before they go out for a drink”. “You” he declares to us, “drink like Americans eat”.
There is a sense of admiration in his comments of us Brits. In his gentle, deep-south American accent, we are oddly very receptive to his confidence in the knowledge he has of our culture. There are many differences between us and him yet he recognises the absurdity of our class system and his attempts to use sarcasm back home in America are hilarious; “in parts of Georgia”, he states, “sarcasm is still considered witchcraft”.
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