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John Pinette: Still Hungry
Stand-Up Comedy
Levity Entertainment Group
July 29th, 2011
Release length: 1:19:00
When it comes to comedians or random actors you’ve seen before but can’t place the name, John Pinette is one of the most obvious. He has been involved with the Alf television series, appeared in Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love, My 5 Wives, Simon Sez, as well as the 2004 reboot of The Punisher. Back in 2007, he starred in his first stand-up comedy special, I’m Starvin’, which introduced a much broader audience to his food-related humour. While he hasn’t been in any films since 2010’s The Last Godfather, he did a follow-up special for Comedy Central titled Still Hungry. Does it stand up to his fantastic first outing, or is this time around far from memorable?

Still Hungry is your standard stand-up special as far as the production goes, but the audio could have been a little better. John simply didn’t sound like himself most of the time, but some of the time it was his own fault given how he would hold the microphone. The crowd actually came3 through a lot more clear than the man on stage, not to mention some of the camera operators seemed to be bored. Sometimes the camera wouldn’t move until John nearly walked out of frame, and while there wasn’t a sudden jerk, it did move fast to try to catch up with him.

Production issues aside, this is your pretty standard John Pinette stand-up. Like usual, much of the performance was about food, and there are plenty of memorable moments, some that span back to the start of his set. The tale about doing shows in Canada was a laugh riot, standing at the edge of a skating rink for days because the food stand on the ice was selling something he wanted, and how it ties into a later story about speed boating was a nice touch. There also was the typical “Get out of the line!” story about going to a rib festival the owner of the club he was hired to perform at told him about. But, the one story that will make you feel bad for John is when he reveals how he learned about a severe food allergy, then goes on about his time with gluten free foods, especially with the noodles and how long it takes to cook them.

The most memorable non-edible story was his venture at an electronics store, which sounds like every experience you could ever have at Best Buy. What starts out as a simple quest for a new television ends up being an argument about an extended warranty, and something you will more than likely use the next time someone asks you if you want one. On top of that, the story again links to a previous tale about a toaster, and his journey to buy one. Nostalgia will hit most adult viewers, however, when he recalls a time when you could just pay for something and leave, and not have to give cashiers all your personal information to get out.

Of course, if you have seen John Pinette’s stand-up before, you will know he isn’t the best at transitioning from one story to another, as well as can find yourself a bit lost due to a sudden shift within the story. This happens a good number of times with some stories, such as the electronics story mentioned earlier at first. Usually it makes sense by the end, but there are times you have to pay closer attention to make sure you’re at the same place as John. It can be a bit frustrating, especially if this is a late night laugh and you’re a little on the fatigued side.

Still Hungry is a nice follow-up to John Pinette’s 2007 stand-up special debut. While it isn’t the most impressive of his comedy, and the production does hold things back a bit, it will still have you laughing along the entire time. John’s frustrations go a bit over the top throughout the performance, retelling battles, general disbelief, and adapting to health issues, but its his sad, childlike demeanour at times that leaves a lasting impact on the viewer. If you haven’t seen any of John Pinette’s stand-up comedy, this is a nice place to start, though it doesn’t quite live up to comedic genius of I’m Starvin’.

Overall Score: 7.5/10
John Pinette: Still Hungry
John Pinette: Still Hungry
Digital review copy of this release provided by personal funds.