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  • Actors: Bill Bailey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NQEP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,820 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The shaggy-faced, Meatloafed-styled musical comedian returns to what he does best in this live stand up video. Bailey combines his off-kilter observational comedy with musical skits that show off his considerable skills of pianistic parody.

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Bill Bailey has always been a desirable addition to any comedy club-night. His considerable keyboard and guitar skills inevitably provide a memorable highlight to any line-up of comedians on the circuit. In short, the man has charisma; in a one-man show, however, Bailey's a little unfocused. Filmed at the Grand Theatre, Swansea, Bill Bailey--Bewilderness Live takes too long to get going. It's a form of self-deprecation designed to encourage endearment in his audience, but he spends so much time deconstructing his presence on stage that we begin to question the validity of him being there at all. Soon though, Bailey is comfortably installed behind his keyboard; it's then that the entertainment starts. He doesn't stick exclusively to songs, but makes the keyboard work for him as a box of sound effects. Bailey also throws in a few location-specific gags to make his audience feel special and gets an easy laugh with the idea of their national dish being cheese on toast.

Jumping around from musing about the disappointment of Kinder Surprise eggs to medieval porn to men's tendency not to admit ignorance to a brilliant take-off of Chris de Burgh, which comes out of nowhere. Yes, Bailey lacks an inherent structure--unlike Harry Hill or Al Murray--so you could walk in half way through and not miss any underlying subtleties. Even without clever connections between individual set pieces, there are enough stand-alone moments of pure comic bliss that'll have you weeping with mirth.This is a man blessed with a good face for comedy and a likeable demeanour and softness (however accidental), which inclines you towards cutting him more slack. --Emma Perry

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By outanet on 2 Mar. 2009
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The box set of Bill Bailey is the best and most economical way to experience this mindblowing barrage of humour, wether it be whimsical, satirical, political, tecnical or my personal favorate, just daft!
Bill produces something rare in that he can put on a show in Wembley, yet give it a feeling of intamacy, as if he was just playing up to a few friends in a pub. His technical prowes with both music and visuals is impressive and often educational at the same time - time which passes all too quickly.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ben on 2 Aug. 2004
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Hidden behind many other stand up DVD's such as Peter Kay and Ricky Gervais, Bewilderment is severely, criminally underated as you rarely see it where it should be, on a shelf. This is ridiculous, because Bill Bailey is the best comedian out there, so whatever you do don't miss this superb serfusion of comedy and music, because it is the BEST stand up DVD you'll ever see. I brought this disc because I had seen Bailey in the brilliant sitcom Black Books, and I thought that his stand up may raise a few grins. Did it? My family and I were laughing so much, with such regularity: Bill Bailey was born to make you split with laughter. His observations on The Magic Roundabout, Sirens, Countdown/Eastenders and Wales are incredibly funny and spot on. His musical talent works excellently also because it gives the show a more different, glossy look abd proves that it has something extra than you ordinary stand up DVD. For, yes, this stand up show is certainly different in comparison to many others on the market, a) it's better and funnier b) It's cleverer, more dark and surreal c) the especially written songs are inspiring. I can't wait for his new one that comes out in November. Buy it, laugh and then buy another one.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. M. Bayliss on 20 Aug. 2002
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How to sum up Bill Bailey? It's difficult. He's bizzare, observational, musical, but most of all, hilarious! An accomplished keyboard and guitar player, not to mention the medly of 80's hits he can bash out of his kazoo, he will have you in stitchs with his rambling jokes and spot on spoofs of well known singers. Once you've heard him sing I've got a brand new combine harvester in the style of Chris De Burgh, you'll never be the same again! His pub gag in the style of Geoffrey Chauser proves what a sharp mind he has, and shows how brilliant he is as turning ordinary things into complete and utter nonsence! A lot of people will be familier with him through his apperance in the equally brilliant Black Books; if your a fan of that then I recommend this, you'll love it! The DVD itself has a number of special features such as an interactive shed game, and a daft interview. You can also go directly to your favourite gag or song with the selection menu. It would have been nice to see some of his earlier material here, like his cockney intros worked into classical music, but fair play to him, this is new material and it's brilliant! Buy this and it'll make your life worthwhile, and remember, we're all slaves to an insect nation!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "kiddiemalay" on 10 Feb. 2004
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I have shown this dvd to just about everyone, and yes..noone could keep in the laughter!not even my gran! This is a brilliant live show and the best bit about Bill Bailey is that there are no links through his show, he is completely random. So you could make a cup of tea halfway through it (although I doubt it, you'd be hooked to that dvd),come back and not have felt like you've missed a few jokes that may re-accurr through the second half. He is fantastic and completely under-rated. He has a wonderful talent with musical instruments, so why not include them with comedy! His hilarious mixes and 'mickey-takes' of theme tunes and sirens in differnt countries should be seen or just heard by anyone. After seeing this live show you'll deffinately be wanting more of Bill Bailey.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gryph on 20 Dec. 2002
Format: DVD
Bill Bailey returns to stand up on top form sharing his bizarre world view on sirens, national dishes, belgian jazz and medieval porn flicks. Much of the material is taken from his BBC2 show 'Is it Bailey?' which is a good thing as this show has neither had a well deserved DVD release or re-run as far as I am aware. A particular high point of his show is the Chaucer parody about a drunken night out.
If you loved Bill in Spaced, Black Books, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, this DVD will not disappoint. The extras, including an interactive shed game. and documentaries are also above par for most stand up releases.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "soozi_hughes" on 4 Jun. 2003
Format: DVD
This is absolutely one of the most funny things I have ever seen, I have showed it to as many people as I have had opportunity to and they have ALL loved it. He approaches comedy from a number of different angles, implementing music also. There is something for almost everyone, satire, irony, slapstick and mockery all roled into one wonderful concoction with a beard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2002
Format: DVD
Bill Bailey is a master of comedy....he is a cross between the humurous style of Eddie Izzard and the outragiousness of Harry Hill.
His songs are insanley funny and his jokes are fantastic.
Plus anyone who can get an audience in stiches whilst joking about their country is a genius.
P.S. I appologise for the bad spelling
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. A. Glaysher on 23 Dec. 2001
Format: DVD
I went to see him in London and laughed so much I could hardly speak the next day - Bill Bailey is a genius! OK, so it's far better to see him live but the DVD is more than enough to wear off the worst of any mid-winter blues - laugh, laugh and laugh again - it's true therapy!
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