Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks review – Burr strikes out once again

July 12, 2022
Ricky Valero 169
Film Reviews, Netflix, Streaming Service
1.5

Summary

Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks is another poor attempt at Burr playing his greatest hits and striking out completely.

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1.5

Summary

Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks is another poor attempt at Burr playing his greatest hits and striking out completely.

Netflix comedy special Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks will be released on Netflix on July 12, 2022.

By reading my work, you all know that if there is a stand-up comedy special dropping, I want to jump all over it. So today, I will review Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks.

I am holding out hope that what we get to witness today from Burr is a lot better than what we got out of the Bill Burr: Friends Who Kill special at the Netflix is A Joke Festival. I know each of you LOVED my review of that special. However, regardless of how bad that special was, Burr has a chance to get back on the right track with his newest stand-up.

Let me start by saying I have been to Red Rock Amphitheater, which is GORGEOUS. I would love to see a concert or stand-up special at the venue.

Surprise, surprise, Burr starts off with some COVID/pandemic jokes. I am so OVER these jokes and the poor attempt at humor from these last two years. It’s exhausting to see comedians beat us over the head with these jokes and not even attempt to make them different. I understand “you were locked up” like the rest of us, but maybe you should’ve come out with some better material?

Speaking of being locked up, some of these comedians, like Burr, have come out rather stale with their stand-ups post-pandemic. You could chalk it up to rust, maybe they didn’t have it in them to write new material. You could look at maybe he wasn’t able to work the circuit like they usually do. But coming out with special after special, and they both are bad? So maybe, just maybe, you should go back to the drawing board before releasing another one?

Burr played the exact hits as he did in Bill Burr: Friends Who Kill but for an hour instead of ten minutes. He goes after COVID, “woke” people and cancel culture. Rinse, recycle, repeat, and it’s stale, redundant, and boring. Sure, people will probably eat this special up, but if you are a true fan of stand-up comedy, you would watch this and see a man that has lost a step in this space. Some comedians came out of the pandemic hitting home runs, and others like Burr have struck out.

The special did have a high moment when Burr went into detail about the time he went on mushrooms. It transitioned into talking about his childhood and the difference between parents now and parents then. It was a great bit and, for a moment, reminded me of what Burr is capable of doing.

Overall, Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks is another lackluster stand-up special from one of my favorite comedians. Yes, I love Bill Burr, but playing the same hits gets old, and I want some fresh material. I hope we get a bounce back in the future.

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