STUDIO: Warner Brothers
MSRP: $19.98
RATED: Not Rated
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Bill Engvall ventures where many comedians have gone before. 

Too dumb for Obama. Too smart for McCain. Just right to upset a general election.


Bill Engvall, Nancy Travis, Steve Hytner and Tim Meadows


The Bill Engvall Show started its first season TBS with the usual amount of fanfare that comes with basic cable. There was an ad blitz and rednecks that loved his comedy flocked to the show. It was micro-marketing at its finest, as the Blue Collar devoted sat down for another crappy product. Kids are trouble. Wife is a pain, but you still love her. It’s all here. Wa-hoo!

1-D – For Life.


Sitcoms are a dime a dozen. On a good day, you can name your price. Taking a sitcom to task for failing to do anything interesting is pretty lame. But, it feels apt. It feels apt in the way that it should.

Bill Engvall is saved more times than I can count by Tim Meadows’ ability to steal a scene. Engvall isn’t a bad comedian, it’s just that he suffers from a variation of Dane Cook syndrome. His jokes are stories and setup. It takes forever for him to setup a laugh, unless it’s canned shit that seems to pour out of the front speakers every thirty seconds. It’s grating to say the least.

The Hartmans always threw the best early morning surprise parties.

Humor is always intangible. What one person finds funny, the other won’t. For example, I love laughing at people getting hurt. Not the pretend slapstick kind of injuries. If someone gets legitimately messed up, I laugh so hard that I nearly cry. The Jackass films have resulted in many moments of hilarity for me.

Why should you buy this? Well, I still haven’t figured that one out. Between mass syndication, TIVO and outright piracy…there’s nothing to keep you from cutting out the middle man and passing judgment for yourself. I wish that weren’t so, but that’s the bed that has been made. Shit it for yourself.

One Carbon Monoxide toke over the line, sweet Jesus. One CO toke over the line.


The Bill Engvall Show: Season 1 comes to DVD with a thud. We get fluff that’s barely EPK material. But, we’re told that they are special features. Yeah, maybe in 1998. But, it comes across as tired and thoughtless now.

The A/V Quality is standard. What can you do with standard television broadcast? Not a lot, that’s what I’ve got to say. Then, there’s the flat Dolby 2.0 surround track. There’s no dynamic play across the soundstage, but it doesn’t matter. You can still hear every bad joke.

Bill Engvall isn’t a must-see performer. He isn’t even B-List. Engvall works in small doses to entertain the elderly and those that are scared of secular humanism. If you need something to give a grandparent for the holidays, then wait and pick this up in a gas station bargain bin. It’ll be a great stocking stuffer.

Can we turn off the smoke detector, Mom? I’d much rather burn to death in the middle of the night, then star in a second season of this show.

0.1 out of 10