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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show

Four comedians; 30 gigs in 30 cities; laughter, tears and an awkward moment or two

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In 2005, actor Vince Vaughn filled a couple of tour buses with four up-and-coming comedians and a camera crew to record the funnymen playing 30 gigs in 30 days. Each comedian has his own style, which helps break the monotony of watching amateurishly captured on-stage performances. Cleveland-based John Caparulo, a profane blue-collar malcontent, has the most natural gift for spontaneous humor; the others rely more on scripted material. (Ahmed Ahmed brings the rare Arab-American perspective.) The film is most interesting when director Ari Sandel lets the performers talk about their varying backgrounds and techniques. Less successful is the film's pacing: Sandel gives Vaughn and his celebu-friends too much air time, and on-bus horseplay grows tedious. In better hands, a mid-tour episode in which the gang is caught off guard in the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina could have been illustrative: How does the show go on during a situation that simply isn't funny? But Sandel bumbles, leaving everybody -- comedians, refugees, Vaughn and us -- feeling awkward. Starts Fri., Feb. 8. (AH) [capsule review]

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