“Whitney Cummings is my favorite new comedian. She’s funny. And Smart. And Sexy. What the hell else do you want?”
This is the pull quote from Denis Leary that sits on the back of Whitney’s new DVD Money Shot. I was surprised to read this as a marketing quote for Money Shot. Not because what Leary said wasn’t true. But as lame stand-up contentions will tell you, women can’t be smart and funny? Can they?
The answer is without hesitation “yes!” But it’s not something we see in the marketing of female comedy these days and that’s what makes the statement both jarring and refreshing at the same time.
Whitney Cummings started her rise to the public consciousness through her stellar appearances on The Comedy Central Roasts where we often found her unbelievably hilarious and more than capable to deal the burns on the rest of the deus. In fact she quickly trekked from newcomer to invaluable roaster in a matter of no time. Money Shot first aired on Comedy Central a few months back but now that it’s released on DVD, it’s more suiting with the uncensored language and time edit.
Money Shot is also Cummings’ first-ever hour stand-up special and it’s probably the best representation of the comedienne to date. Yes, it’s great to see her get dressed up for roasts, but we prefer Whitney on stage, delivering some crass comedy about relationships, pointing out the idiosyncrasies of how delusional women are because of exaggerated love (ala Twilight) and well, men’s equal approach.
Though there are moments where the act gets a bit too, “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus”, Whitney does make some valid points and perhaps driving it home the best with material about men’s balls – it’s perfectly delivered, a quick twist, and goddamned funny!
Cummings is at her best when she’s talking like herself, and let’s face it he’s pretty damn filthy. Raunchy not for the sake of being raunchy, rather Cummings delivers quick and fast jabs as if she’s sitting at the poker table busting balls. Though I’d hardly pigeonhole her as someone that tries to be one of the guys, she just tries to be funny. And when a comedian’s goal is to get laughs, it’s possibly one of the best compliments a comedian can get.