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A Second Evening with Kevin Smith

Published December 11, 2006 in DVD News
By Fred Topel | Image from respective holders.
Evening with Kevin Smith 2 DVD Evening with Kevin Smith 2- Evening Harder
I love Kevin Smith's movies. Even the ones that are slightly out of his pop culture chatty comfort zone move me. But they can't even compare to the joy of watching Kevin Smith be himself in front of a crowd of people. An Evening with Kevin Smith brought that experience into our living rooms, and now the sequel Evening Harder gives us more.

DVD Review: An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder

Smith's lectures go beyond stand-up comedy. Somebody asks him a question and he can get three to five tangents out of it, all interesting, revealing and funny. This means a chapter stop can be 15 minutes long, but that's okay.

Where the first Evening mixed several different Q&As together, Evening Harder focuses on two performances, one in Toronto and one in London. They are edited for sure, but it's about two straight hours devoted to each audience.

Interaction with the crowds is old hat for Smith now. He knows how to move on from an infinite question without offending the asker, how to deny requests for his screenwriting assistance and how to make people feel good about being part of his jokes. He also congratulates the good ones on asking worthwhile questions with a subtle "well done."

In London, he does the accents, and with each audience, he keeps returning to a recurring joke or two that personalizes the performance for the audience. He may get the same questions everywhere, but only Toronto gets the repeated "hide behind a rock" reference.

There are some follow-up stories to classic bits from Evening, most notably the aftermath of the Prince tale. And there's newer topics to discuss, like Mel Gibson. This is before the arrest, so imagine what Evening With a Vengeance will cover.

Stay tuned for updates.

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