This slaphappy satire about publicity-seeking performers seems blithely unaware of its own incompetence, and barely rises to the comic heights of open-mike night at a bottom-of-the-barrel comedy club. Though DJ Ryan Lawson (Ryan Cameron) is bored with hosting a small-time morning call-in show in Atlanta, Georgia, he's more than willing to sleep with the station's lady manager to keep the steady paychecks rolling in. What Ryan really wants is to be the next Chris Rock, and to that end he's willing to go alone with every pie-in-the-sky scheme concocted by his agent. Unfortunately, he gets the wrong instructions about a gig and winds up unleashing his act at a racist rally without realizing he's hurling insulting one-liners at a crowd of crackers. Thanks to some wholly unexpected media coverage, Ryan's controversial appearance earns him an undeserved reputation as a fearless guerilla comic. Egged on by his handler, Ryan does nothing to discourage the impression that he bravely crashed the KKK get-together. Ryan's radio ratings soar; but so does his unpopularity with the Sons of Dixie, who order a hit on him. If he can dodge the Bubbas, Ryan's big break could come at the televised Ebony Artists' Showcase. Of course, he'll be going head to head with infamous insult comic Masta Jinx (Cameron again), and while Ryan's agent tries to even the odds by spiking the punch and ruining the act of a prop comic named Banana Head (Wylly Jordan), no-one really believes the newcomer has the chops to win. And Ryan must not only outshine vitriolic Masta Jinx, but avoid the dimwitted assassination attempts of the white supremacists as well if the Dixie boys manage to plant their dynamite properly, Ryan could bomb in more ways than one. For all its jabs at bigotry, this film is thoroughly undermined by faulty slapstick timing and amateurish performances.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: This slaphappy satire about publicity-seeking performers seems blithely unaware of its own incompetence, and barely rises to the comic heights of open-mike night at a bottom-of-the-barrel comedy club. Though DJ Ryan Lawson (Ryan Cameron) is bored with host… (more)