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John Pinette
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John Pinette

John Pinette is back and "Still Hungry" in this hilarious new one-hour live event, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his record-breaking "I'm Starvin'" comedy special. In this sold-out concert, taped at Chicago's famed Vic Theatre, the Broadway and television star delivers his smart, original observations on everyday life.

Rated NR

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1/16X9
English Dolby Surround 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 80 min.
Price: $19.98
Release Date: 8/2/11

• 7 Featurettes


Panasonic 50" TH-50PZ77U 1080p Plasma Monitor; Sony STR-DG1200 7.1 Channel Receiver; Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-Ray Player using HDMI outputs; Michael Green Revolution Cinema 6i Speakers (all five); Kenwood 1050SW 150-watt Subwoofer.


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John Pinette: Still Hungry (2011)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 19, 2012)

When prospective authors ask for advice, they’re told to write what they know. The same holds true for comedians, as they usually deliver material that seems true to them.

This means that some comedians run the risk of becoming one-note, though, and given the titles of John Pinette’s projects, I wondered if that was true for his routine. Given that the plus-size comic produced products called Show Me the Buffet and I’m Starvin’, I got the impression his act would be all about food and obesity without much else.

Nonetheless, when 2011’s Still Hungry showed up on my door, I figured I’d give Pinette a shot. Filmed in Chicago, Pinette does often cover food and his weight/health, but he delves into other subjects as well. Pinette chats about the stresses of the modern shopping experience and traveling, visiting Canada and Scotland, and some other areas.

While it’d be refreshing to see a comic of Pinette’s build avoid the obvious, I suppose that’s unrealistic. If you weigh 300 pounds – or however much the ample Pinette weighs – people expect you to make comments that relate to your size. Don’t like it? Lose weight, I guess.

So Pinette’s girth locks him into a certain style, though he doesn’t stick with that subject as much as expected. In truth, Pinette doesn’t riff on his weight all that often. Food-related jokes dominate the piece, but Pinette’s own size often remains tangential.

This means that rather than joke about his weight and connected travails, Pinette mostly offers observational humor that deals with food and other aspects of society. Perhaps because he realizes it’s expected, Pinette dispenses with most of the food/weight gags during the first part of the show. While he does spend a lot of time with those subjects, Pinette gets them out of the way and is able to broaden his horizons.

I prefer the parts of the routine that veer away from food. Maybe because he’s had to deal with them for so long, those elements seem a bit stale and uninspired. Granted, Pinette gives them a modern day twist, as he cracks on TV food-related reality shows, but I still get the impression Pinette really wishes he could dispense with the expected food material altogether.

Pinette does seem to brighten up when he shifts to other topics, and those bits work the best. He touches on more universal subjects like the woes of travel, and he does so pretty well. Pinette picks out the common currency that we all experience and makes some deft observations.

I must admit I’m not wild about Pinette’s performance style, though. He shouts many of his lines and just seems way too hyper. It feels like a gimmick and an attempt to generate artificial catchphrases that may bury the cleverness of the material.

Nonetheless, Pinette does demonstrate some effective gags in Still Hungry. I can’t say his routine had me in stitches, but the show moved pretty well and offered a reasonable amount of amusing material.

The DVD Grades: Picture C/ Audio C/ Bonus D+

John Pinette: Still Hungry appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this single-sided, single-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The show provided a mediocre presentation.

Sharpness was up and down. Close-ups looked okay and showed decent clarity, but wider shots tended to be blocky and soft. No issues with shimmering occurred, but I saw some light jaggies. Source flaws weren’t a concern.

Colors tended to be bland. The set went with a fairly natural palette but the tones were somewhat thick and runny. In particular, reds looked a bit dense. Blacks were fine, though, and shadows were a non-issue given the bright lighting of the shoot. I didn’t expect a ton from the presentation, and it deserved a “C”.

The show’s Dolby Surround 2.0 soundtrack was also pretty average. Not surprisingly, the mix presented a modest soundfield. Pinette’s monologue emanated from the front center channel, so that speaker heavily dominated the proceedings. Otherwise, we got audience laughter and applause from the front sides and surrounds. And that was it! Virtually no music appeared in the program; some tunes appeared only at the very beginning and end of the program.

Audio quality remained positive. Speech easily became the most important aspect of the track, and Pinette’s remarks sounded natural and clear. The applause and laughter also seemed clear and accurate, and the snatches of music showed solid reproduction. Nothing exciting occurred here, but the track was fine for its genre.

Seven featurettes add some value to the package. All together, they run a total of eight minutes, 29 seconds. We find “Tour of Chicago” (2:55), “Worst Snowstorm in 1000 Years” (1:34), “Photo Shoot” (0:21), “In the Make-Up Chair” (0:41), “Number 1 Fan” (0:38), “Looking for John Pinette” (1:02) and “The Fans” (1:09). “Tour” shows Pinette as he visits some locations in Chicago, while “Years” features him on a radio program. “Shoot” and “Chair” provide behind the scenes bits, and “Fan” lets us meet the “Crazy Sticker Lady”. “Looking” and “Fans” let us meet some Pinette aficionados. All are pretty insubstantial.

A few ads open the DVD. We get clips for Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love?, Alonzo Bolden: Who’s Paying Attention?, Mike Epps: Funny Bidness, The Smarter Sex Comedy Tour and Ben Bailey: Road Rage & Accidental Ornithology.

While not a consistent laugh-fest, John Pinette: Still Hungry proved to be more effective than anticipated. Pinette can be annoying but he demonstrates a decent sense of observational humor. The DVD provides average picture and audio along with a handful of supplements. Fans will enjoy this program.

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