The “Freddy Krueger of Comedy” is back and has his own Comedy Central special. Paramount brings out the show and adds some nice bonus footage, including a special from years past.The Amazing Johnathan is a comedian, but he’s also known for his magic tricks. Usually during the show he brings up a member of the audience and does a portion of this 42-minute routine with this hapless bystander. Johnathan usually taunts the audience members as well as the poor soul that he brings up onstage.
He uses a great deal of gore in his act and has a blond bubble headed bimbo called Psychic Tanya that comes onstage. When I’ve seen Johnathan before he’s done this trick where he shoves a pencil up his nose and pulls it out his ear. He also did a trick where he chews razorblades rather nonchalantly until he starts to spit out blood. He’s been headlining in Las Vegas for quite some time and has won all sorts of awards for his performances.
I was a bit shocked to learn that Johnathan has been diagnosed with a heart condition and rumors spread of his retirement. His official website says that Johnathan has been getting treatment and has no plans to retire. Whatever the case, it’s nice to have this filmed performance for those of us that can’t make it to Vegas to catch his act.
Wrong on Every Level is presented in fullscreen as it was originally aired on television. Special features include a 22-minute previous Comedy Central special. There are a few joke and trick repeats but it’s still a nice addition to the disc.
Next is a 6-minute appearance by the Amazing Johnathan on “Premium Blend.” 24 minutes of deleted scenes make up close to another full routine. Unfortunately there are also some repeats of routines from the main performance. Comedy Central Quickies are 2 minute clips from Mind of Mencia, Reno 911!, and South Park. Finally, there are previews for other Paramount DVDs.
I thought the Amazing Johnathan was truly amazing and quite funny to boot. I hope that his health concerns have been blown out of proportion so that he’ll continue to amaze on both Comedy Central and in Vegas.
For fans of the Amazing Johnathan this disc offers some vintage Johnathan as well as some new stuff (though expect some joke crossover). It’s a good disc for those of us that can’t make it to Vegas (and probably a lot cheaper than airfare anyway).