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Broad City: Season 1


Comedy Central Double FeatureMaking quick bank by "returning" office supplies from your temp job? Check. Identifying the suspicious stains on the rental apartment wall? Done. From the collective minds of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, and executive produced by Amy Poehler, Broad City follows the adventures of two best friends working the big city. No matter how bad it gets, these broads are always down with whatever hits them. (From the official Comedy Central synopsis)

Writers/creators/stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are the soul of Broad City and they are a delight to watch. I have a hard time thinking of two funnier characters currently on television. This is a comedy that excels in a key area essential to my enjoyment of comedy shows: the humor is built on characters. I'm not too familiar with the real Abbi and Ilana outside of the show, but they must be best buddies or just ridiculously good at pretending. In the world of Broad City they have the kind of chemistry that allows them to play off each other in very funny ways, but they can also swing into a sweet sisterly comradery on a dime and make it look effortless. There's a constant stream of appearances from other comedians like Amy Poehler and Amy Sedaris. Chris Gethard and Hannibal Buress have recurring appearances. As you may have guessed, the title is a play on words. There is a lot of broad comedy here, but the show keeps it refreshing by not shying away from weird and sometimes gross humor that I have not come to expect from female-driven comedy. It is like an antithesis to 2 Broke Girls, which is intended as a very high compliment.

This DVD release from Comedy Central comes on two generously packed DVD-9 discs. The image quality looks as good as one would expect from a standard definition release. Detail is about as good as you can get from the format, and the only artefact I noticed was some occasionally banding radiating out from characters standing in front of bright backgrounds. The awesome animated intros are popping with color. I'm always sad to see a show not get a Blu-ray release, but I'm just happy to be able to own this one. In the audio department there are no real surprises. The sound mix is perfectly capable and I did not have any complaints. Dialogue is easy to make out, even in busy outdoor scenes like when Abbi and Ilana head to Times Square in an effort to track down Abbi's cell phone. I can't say the music has been memorable for me outside of the catchy little intro, but the mix did come alive nicely during an episode opening where the girls show up at the bank to deposit a check in music video form.
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There is a good assortment of extras on this release, though most are quick deleted and alternate versions of scenes. On disc one there is Lincoln Alts (01:10), Uncut Episode Two Cold Open (03:35), Killian Casey Alts (02:58), Chicken Kicks (00:45), Uncut Working Girls Cold Open (01:08), Rachel Dratch Outtakes (01:41), Garol Outtakes (02:02), Janeane Garofalo (01:18), and Abbi Sells Her Drawing for $17.50 (01:50). There is also a Gallery section featuring some behind the scenes photos and a collection of the show opening animations. On disc two we have Improv Show Extras (01:37), Janelle Caricature Scene (00:23), Talent Show (03:08), Amy Sedaris Alts (02:37, Bed Montage (02:31), Uncut Apartment Hunters Cold Open (02:11), Dale Off the Phone (02:06), Amy Sedaris Car Outtakes (07:47), Abbi Carrying Ilana (01:08) and Amy Poehler and Seth Morris (01:40. There's also a section here for Video Commentaries on four select episodes. Starting these will take you to a split screen video of the episode playing on one side and Ilana and Abbi sitting on beanbag chairs giving commentary on the other.

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Kroll Show: Seasons 1 & 2


Comedy Central Double FeatureFrom the unique mind of Nick Kroll comes a new sketch series, Kroll Show, satirizing our television-obsessed culture and the rabid fan base it breeds. More than just a collection of sketches, Kroll Show is about giving Nick's fans a chance to see his of-the-moment take on pop culture, sports news, nightclub culture, and what defines celebrity with characters and storylines that recur throughout each season. (From the official Comedy Central synopsis)

As a long time listener of Earwolf podcasts, I've been familiar with Nick Kroll and his assorted characters for a good while. I was skeptical about how well his broad characters would work in a television show format. The first season of Kroll Show was a bumpy beginning, and may of the sketches felt like ideas were just being thrown against the wall to see what would stick. By the time the second season came around the show found its bearings and became much more consistently enjoyable. Some sketches still miss with me, but being maintaining a consistently hilarious sketch show is a difficult task and Kroll pulls it off more often than not. He gets help from a collection of awesome recurring guests like Chelsea Peretti, John Mulaney, Jon Daly and Jenny Slate. There's enough variety here that if you don't like one thing, just stick around for a couple minutes and there will be something totally different to watch. What's especially fun is how these silly Kroll characters are used for world building. The way certain characters and plot lines intersect is a unique joy. With everything relying so heavily on Kroll's charms, it will understandably not be for everyone. Check out a few of the free clips on Youtube and it'll be easy to gauge if this is for you.

Much like Broad City, this DVD transfer has you covered when you consider the content involved. With lots of material crammed on to each disc, it doesn't look as good as it could, but chances are you aren't putting in a Kroll Show DVD to admire the picture quality. Some compression blockiness aside, this looks perfectly fine. The audio production behind Kroll Show is impressive. There is a lot of musical content in the show and the sound mix really comes alive during these segments. There is a lot of variety, but more often than not it is just comedy skits of people talking. Still, nearly every segment from the music videos to the reality show spoofs have a professional sheen to them that comes through in the audio department.Comedy Central Double Feature


Extras begin with Cast and Crew Commentaries. These are available for six episodes total and can be accessed on the episode selection screens. On the second disc we have Bobby B. My Valentine (01:02) which is a valentine message from Bobby B. on his webcam. Next is Publizity Interview (02:52) which functions like a parody of an EPK clip for Publizity. Then there are clips from a fake awards show, Kroll Choice Awards Sizzle Reel (00:42) and Bryan La Croix Live Performance (01:01). The last thing on disc two is Episode 200: "The Greatest Hits of It" (21:20) which is a silly episode-length preview into the second season of the show. On the third disc is Uncut Armond Trial (26:23) and music videos El-Ay! Del-Ay! (01:26), Ntr 2 Win (01:39), and Oh Armond! (02:08). For those who are really bored you can find seven Karaoke Videos from songs in the show.

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