Jun 25, 2014

Review: Kims of Comedy (2005)

I don't know what it is but I've never been very big on watching comedy on video. Comedy in general is very touchy for me and I guess I've just always been a Seinfeld loyalist. That's bad coming from someone who's supposed to be open to watching everything like me!

My experience with comedy on video I'll admit is pretty limited. I've seen The Original Kings of Comedy as well as The Queens of Comedy which were varying levels of success for me. I definitely preferred the Kings probably because I'm just really not in the Queens' intended audience. That's not to say that women can't do comedy, it just really wasn't for me.


Genre: comedy
Directed by: Chuck Vinson
Produced by: Ken Jeong, Brian Volk-Weiss, Michael A. Bloom, etc.
Written by: Steve Byrne, Ken Jeong, Bobby Lee, etc.
Music by: N/A
Running time: 90 minutes
Production company: Special Interest Productions
Distributed by: Comedy Central, Goldhil Home Media
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $60,000
Box office: N/A

IMDb entry
Rotten Tomatoes entry

Starring: Bobby Lee, Kevin Shea, Steve Byrne, Ken Jeong



The Kims of Comedy follows the same idea of Kings and Queens but features four Korean comedians. Bobby Lee of MADtv fame hosts the show and starts the festivities. He's then followed by Kevin Shea, Steve Byrne and lastly Ken Jeong. The runtime of the film is around an hour and each comedian is given twenty minutes to do their show.


I have absolutely zero experience with MADtv so I'm not familiar with Bobby Lee. Going by his IMDb credits, I've seen him in a couple of movies but have no recollection of him. His material is very story-based and he likes to joke about female anatomy quite a bit. His humour is a bit crude but I'd say he gets better as time goes on. Or maybe he just started growing on me, I'm not sure.

Keven Shea on the surface is probably the most boring of all the four guys. He's very laid back and talks with a low voice. Compared to Bobby Lee, his material seems more scripted and prepared which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Byrne contrasts nicely with Bobby Lee because really, if we got the same kind of thing it would just get tired pretty quick.

Steve Byrne was my least favourite of the four but he isn't terrible. He covers a lot of different ground but he doesn't seem as comfortable on the stage as his predecessors did. Even the crowd doesn't seem as into his material either.

Ken Jeong was for sure my favourite of the group and a great way to end the show. With an energy that's similar to Bobby Lee's, he's infectious. Ken is just funny naturally almost without trying. He also gives an unbelievable performance during his acoustic guitar song "The History of Rap" which is probably findable on YouTube and worth a watch.

The show on a whole is vulgar and there are lots of jokes that have to do with race but it's accessible to everyone. Compare it to Kings and Queens it is for sure the most accessible to anyone. I also like the choice of when each comedian went on stage which gave a nice flow to the show.The camera work isn't the most creative but this production was originally a TV release so the budget isn't there compared to The Original Kings of Comedy with Spike Lee directing. If you're into comedy and don't have any kids around, Kims of Comedy is pretty good.



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