Published Jul 29, 2016Like many of his peers, Bill Burr put in an astonishing amount of time on the road before finding fame. Recorded in 2012, 20 years into his career, You People Are All the Same brings Burr to the iconic 1,250 seat Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, showing just how far-reaching the Massachusetts comedian's brand of un-PC comedy has come.
Clocking in at just under 80 minutes, Burr covers a ton of material on his third TV special, but over the years, he's become such a master of conversational delivery and such a stylist of heavily detailed joke-telling that he's able to hold his audience throughout. Even when Burr touches on material that comes off a bit too particular to relate to, including purchasing a gun to protect himself from the zombie apocalypse or having a girlfriend of colour explain to him the meaning of "ashy," he does it with such a cranky passion and meticulous germane-ness that it becomes easy to get on board with.
Though Burr's material touches on issues that would turn certain people off — like his take on how black people haven't gotten the memo on refraining from carrying guns in their cars, or his bit on "gold-digging whores" — he never comes off overtly mean or hateful, unlike Andrew Dice Clay's or Eddie Murphy's early material. Burr possesses enough comedic intelligence to attempt to give it some cognitive stability: "I can give you seventeen reasons off the top of my head (to hit a woman)… you just don't do it!" On You People Are All the Same, Burr gives his ever-growing audience exactly what they came for — his unapologetic view, for better or worse.
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