DVD Review: Why? (Aaron Wilburn)

Christian comedian Aaron Wilburn got his start as a Southern Gospel musician and songwriter, performing for several years with the Happy Goodmans Band and writing or co-writing songs such as “What a Beautiful Day,” “It’s Beginning to Rain,” “Home,” and “The Night Heaven Kissed Earth.”

His comedy career has had a boost since the advent of YouTube; videos of some of his routines have been popular enough to pick up 8 million hits.

The videography is decent. The lighting on the close-up shots of his face is superb. The lighting on the zoomed-out shots and the wide audience pans is decent but not great. But the audience closeups are inconsistent; some have decent lighting, but some are so dark that you can’t see the audience member’s face. Tip for video editors: If the closeup is so dark that you can’t see the person’s face, just don’t put it in.

One of the video highlights is his routine on dieting, leading up to his song “Dietin.” This particular routine is genuinely funny.

I must admit it was my first time to watch a full-length comedy video, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I did find it enjoyable.

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  1. “Fairly clean” huh? I’d like to see your reaction to a DVD by George Carlin.

  2. Or maybe you wouldn’t. 😉

    If it was someone else’s, and it wasn’t clean, I’d leave the room. If it was mine, I might snap it in half. Problem is, even if it wasn’t mine, I might snap it in half anyhow and have to replace it! 😮

  3. “Fairly clean” when describing Aaron Wilburn is like saying Peg McKamey is “sort of religious.”

    I understand that you indicated this was your first time to see a full-length comedy video. Maybe you should have a few more under your belt to get a feel for them before you try to review them. I am not intending to be ugly or hurt your feelings in any way, because I like most of what you do and I am a faithful reader of your site. But the statement about Aaron Wilburn being “fairly clean” sort of screams out that you are trying to be an authority on a subject you are not knowledgeable enough about to tackle, thereby reducing your credibility. Honestly, when I read that statement, my first thought was “this guy has no clue.” And I know you don’t want to come off that way, Daniel. Plus, anyone who reads your review could have an entirely different and unfair opinion of Aaron Wilburn just by the two words “fairly clean.” Because that statement indicates that he has some possibly borderline inappropriate material on his DVD. To me, “fairly clean” means “not very clean, some of it is clean, but not all of it.”

    I have not seen this particular DVD in its entirety but I’ve seen parts of it, and I’ve seen every other one that Aaron has made, plus seen him numerous times live, and I’m basing my statements on a 10-15-year history of the man’s material. I would bet the farm that there’s nothing a majority of people would find inappropriate.

    There are plenty of comedy videos/DVDs out there. Dennis Swanburg, Tim Lovelace, Ryan and Friends, Freddie Pierce, Carl Hurley, Mark Lowry, Jeff Allen, and several old ones from Wendy Bagwell that are still probably available through Ebay or Amazon. There’s also an old video called “Comedy, Classics, and Characters” that is a group of southern gospel artists sitting around telling funny stories about things that happened to them in their travels.

    Please don’t take me the wrong way–this is meant to be constructive criticism to help you do your job more effectively.

  4. I measure “fairly clean” not by what others do, but by what I’d be comfortable enough to show my parents or grandparents.

  5. In that case, what did he say that wasn’t clean?

  6. If I remember, I’ll note it here next time I watch. I just didn’t want to be nitpicky, so I decided not to put my (very minor) reservations in the review itself.

  7. Ok, Daniel, now I really am laughing, because the majority of people whom Aaron plays to on any given night are probably over 60 years old. When Aaron does a Frank Arnold concert, I’m certain the mean age of the audience has to be over age 55. And if you ask him, I’m sure he’d tell you that there are more gray and bald heads in his concerts than there are young ‘uns.

    And honestly, I can’t speak for others, but I personally would prefer you be nit-picky rather than so vague that it not only calls your own knowledge about a subject into question but also could potentially damage a person’s witness or testimony.

  8. OK, guys, I give up. I’ll make the requested edit and close comments.