A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this HBO reality show includes jokes and discussions that touch on aspects of racism, sexism, and violence. Swearing is constant and gratuitous, and comedian Bobby Kelly uses very explicit language on a few occasions. Brief nudity is seen on various occasions. Also, while they're on the tour bus, group members continually share bathroom humor. Dane Cook has a strong teen following, but parents should exercise caution when deciding whether this show is appropriate for their kids.
What's the story?
DANE COOK'S TOURGASM is a behind-the-scenes look at this comedian's national stand-up comedy tour. For 30 days, Cook (known as \"The Leader\") shares a cramped tour bus with Robert \"Bobby\" Kelly (\"The Instigator\"), Gary Gulman (\"The Conflicted\") and Jay Davis (\"The Newbie\") as they travel from Los Angeles to Boston performing their comedy routines on college campuses. Tourgasm documents their grueling schedule, during which they must write and perfect their material, perform it, and learn how to live and play together without killing each other or Bryan Billing, their tour manager. The show includes excerpts from the foursome's various comedy routines, as well as some funny scenes of the comedians enjoying \"group activities\" in each city they visit. But the series' focus is divided between showing adult men taking part in juvenile behavior and highlighting the professional challenges faced by up-and-coming comedians.
Is it any good?
In between pranks that include going to the bathroom in a wastebasket, throwing each other's property over Niagara Falls, and squabbling over who's nicer to each other, viewers see how stand-up comics have to take chances to perfect their craft. Their willingness to go out on stage and risk not being laughed at shows that we sometimes need to learn how to fail in order to succeed at what we love to do the most. Whether or not you find the show amusing, Dane Cook's Tourgasm shows viewers that it takes hard work and hard play to be funny.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it's like to work hard at a job or on an activity they enjoy doing. What challenges or fears do people have to confront to be successful? Families can also talk about how playing a joke on somebody can go too far. What are the boundaries when playing pranks? What's the difference between being funny and being hurtful or insulting?