I've missed two chances to see Henry Rollins live because they were sold out. Watching this dvd (along with the other one, "Live at Luna Park") is not a bad consolation prize. Like comedian Bill Maher, I like that Henry Rollins tells stories with humor, instead of the usual stand up comic routine of one liners. I imagine its probably more difficult to pull off a lengthy monologue where you discuss topics at length, with humourous presentation. Henry Rollins is great at it. He has the odd noises down, and the different voices, an actor in his own right. I've never been a fan of his music, as I don't like hard rock/metal, but I do own this dvd and a spoken word cd, and a book of his. He's an intelligent guy with a lot to say.
I did find it hard to believe that he doesn't get a lot of phone calls from friends, though, or a hard time finding his dream woman. It says a lot that he is looking for an intelligent woman (aren't we all?) and comes up disappointed when he finds out she reads books he wouldn't touch (for the "populist/mass market appeal") or listens to music he doesn't like. He's funny in how he expresses his shock of discovery about another person with habits or interests he doesn't share...but doesn't that make him a little bit judgmental and narcissistic? I loved hearing how even he, famous as he is, gets nervous when meeting icons like Ike Turner and William Shatner; his solution to ending calls by telemarketers (quite brilliant!), and his aw-shucks humility when meeting soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is entertaining to watch and I enjoyed this dvd a lot. I hope he will go on another spoken word tour, as I think he would be much better live, but until then, there's this one, "Live at Luna Park" and another one coming out soon. They will suffice, as his physical energy and manner of speaking add a lot to the presentation of overall funny insights and experiences. He's the man!