T.J. Miller is kicking some ass this fall. He’s only a few weeks out from the release of his 41-track The Extended Play E.P. [TLB Review] and now he’s coming back with a second wave with the release of a stand-up special and DVD, No Real Reason. It’s Miller’s first hour special for Comedy Central and he comes out swinging…or at least making awkward hand gestures.
No Real Reason was taped in his home state of Colorado, which he reps tremendously not only on the DVD but in a track “Denver” from the E.P. Miller is clearly a fan of his home state and as he might be the only classy representative the state has and he doesn’t want to disappoint.
From his E.P. we learned he has rap chops and with this DVD he proves that stand-up comedy is his greater skill. Miller is comically lethal with delivery and content. Hell! He even looks funny. From the moment he takes the stage it’s apparent that Miller deserves the critical accolades he’s been given lately.
Miller runs the gamut from self-doubt, mild fame, to living weird, all of which crash terrifically into each other throughout the set. Perhaps the defining moment with a closing story about beating California’s DMV at its own game. Miller’s act is so strong in fact, the special just moves from one laugh to the next, and everyone is happily along for the ride, except for maybe one lady, who abruptly storms out of the show as she shouts at Miller, calling him an “inconsiderate fuck!” It’s perhaps the awkward moment from a special. And that’s pitted against discussions about ketchup bottles for legs, figuring out why the internet thinks he’s gay, rating bad turkey sandwiches, and thugs laughing like Asian women – so…the competition is high.
The DVD features an uncut version of the special with some extra jokes that weren’t able to make the hour-long show. What it also includes are two shorts – “The Stoop,” which descends into some crazy subject matter and features T.J.’s sister, Morgan (who also raps a few bars on The Extended Play E.P.) as well as the short “Building Blocks Of A Great Day,” which is a must-see for any fan of LEGOs even if they might not have a clue what’s going on, or speak gibberish.
In general, there’s No Real Reason not to head on out and check out T.J. Miller’s DVD. You should also revile in the glory that I just wrote that last sentence.