It’s not very often that transients get a chance to release their very own DVD, but Glen Wool has managed to pull it off. Having no fixed abode and moving around the world on the stand-up circuit to make ends meat, he’s just released his second DVD, which focuses on his life on the road, including a particularly sticky moment at the mercy of an Indonesian border guard with an itchy trigger finger.
The result is No Land’s Man, bringing Glen Wool back in from the cold of failure in Hollywood. While Glen isn’t necessarily instantly likeable due to his loud Canadian coming across as slightly overbearing USA, it turns out that he just about wins you over by the end. While his previous work had elements of the genius that was Mitch Hedberg, that element is largely replaced with more of a bizarre animal husbandry of Jack Black and Frankie Boyle.
Loud anecdotes featuring shock value punch lines means that Glen Wool would go down like a flaming bag of sick at a baby shower with the more precious portion of society, but if you like your humour darker than the average bear and you can tolerate the volume, he’ll get a good few laughs out of you. Though there are low points, there’s an equal amount of jokes that you can’t help but find funny.
In terms of the flow of the DVD, there’s an overarching theme for the stand-up show as Glen Wool spins his traveling stories around the finger of the Indonesian border guard. Tangents roll over each other as Glen gets up to speed with his crazy life on the road.
Glen Wool’s No Land’s Man DVD is a troubadour shoutafon with a good amount of humour and a few moments of wayward genius. With a vague shade of political dialogue (mainly aimed at the US) and the frequent drop of shock bombs, he’s out on the fringes and in his own words, the reason he’ll never get a look in for Michael McIntyre’s roadshow.
Glen Wool No Land’s Man DVD review: 3.4/5