Frankie Boyle: Live [DVD]
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Mock the Week's resident panel pundit Frankie Boyle graces London's Hackney Empire stage in this, his first live stand-up DVD. Frankie's humour may be darker than dark at times, but his wit is so quick you'll barely have time to chastise yourself before laughing at his deliciously un-PC wisecracks.
"Master of the cruel one-liner"--Evening Standard
"His eye for absurdity is as sharp as his suits"--Guardian
Critically acclaimed comedian Frankie Boyle presents his hotly-anticipated first live stand-up DVD. Recorded live during his sell-out shows at London’s Hackney Empire, Frankie’s unique brand of observational comedy and brutal but perfectly constructed one-liners prove he is one of the best gag writers in the business.
As the stand out act on top-rated satirical comedy show Mock The Week, the sharp-suited Scotsman shows us just a slice of what he’s capable of. In this DVD he unleashes his razor-sharp wit upon the audience with jokes that are too near the knuckle for TV, constantly venturing onto thin ice with outrageous jibes that could be utterly offensive if not delivered with equal measures of visceral cheek and sarcasm, demonstrating the full force of his comic prowess.
Extras:F**K You Scotland – behind the scenes tour diary
Sketches from BBC3 comedy Rush Hour
Drug experiment – additional audio material
Check out the dates of Frankie's 2008 tour:
01-Oct-08 Crawley - Hawth Theatre
03-Oct-08 Edinburgh - Festival Theatre
04-Oct-08 Edinburgh - Festival Theatre
05-Oct-08 Sheffield - Lyceum
06-Oct-08 Harrogate - Harrogate Theatre
07-Oct-08 Lincoln - Engine Shed
08-Oct-08 Leamington Spa - Royal Spa Centre
11-Oct-08 Halifax - Victoria Theatre
12-Oct-08 Birmingham - Alexandra Theatre
13-Oct-08 Derby - Assembly Rooms - The Great Hall
16-Oct-08 Kendal - Lakes Leisure
17-Oct-08 Preston - Guildhall Grand Hall
18-Oct-08 Aberystwyth - Arts Centre
19-Oct-08 Port Talbot - The Princess Royal Theatre
21-Oct-08 Northampton - Royal & Derngate Theatre
22-Oct-08 Bedford - Corn Exchange
23-Oct-08 Brighton - Dome
24-Oct-08 Colchester - Charter Hall, Leisure World
25-Oct-08 Winsford - Civic Hall
26-Oct-08 Buxton - Opera House
28-Oct-08 Dunstable - The Grove Theatre
30-Oct-08 Peterborough - Broadway Theatre
31-Oct-08 Carlisle - The Sands Centre
01-Nov-08 York - Grand Opera House
02-Nov-08 Salford - Lowry
03-Nov-08 Hull - City Hall
07-Nov-08 Newcastle - City Hall
08-Nov-08 Bradford - St Georges Concert Hall
09-Nov-08 Southend - Cliffs Pavilion
11-Nov-08 Hayes - Beck Theatre
12-Nov-08 Cardiff - St David's Hall
14-Nov-08 Torquay - Princess Theatre
15-Nov-08 Taunton - Wellsprings Leisure Centre
17-Nov-08 Leicester - De Montfort Hall
18-Nov-08 Cheltenham - Town Hall
20-Nov-08 Chatham - Central Theatre
21-Nov-08 Stoke-on-Trent - Victoria Hall
22-Nov-08 Cambridge - Corn Exchange
23-Nov-08 Bristol - Colston Hall
25-Nov-08 Basingstoke - The Anvil
26-Nov-08 Dorking - Halls
28-Nov-08 Skegness - The Embassy
29-Nov-08 Oxford - New Theatre
03-Dec-08 Telford - Oakengates @ The Place
04-Dec-08 Portsmouth - Guildhall
06-Dec-08 London - Hammersmith Apollo
12-Dec-08 Worthing - Assembly Hall
13-Dec-08 Wolverhampton - Civic Hall
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I did take issue, as another reviewer did, the fact that one line seemed a bit disingenuous as to its origin, but overall, I find this DVD a worthy buy, especially as a Frankie Boyle fan, and doubly especially as someone who lives in the U.S.
The show is basically a series of offensive one-liners, as opposed to a series of narratives (like Dara Ó Briain), so anyone who doesn't take to that kind of humor might not be happy with the experience. I, however, can't get enough of it!
When I heard he was coming to my home town of Taunton I immediately snapped up tickets to see him. It's not often an act of his stature comes to visit. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the show and was in stitches throughout, as were the rest of the audience from what I could see. Yes, some of the jokes I had heard before on Mock the Week but this only accounted for around 10% of the show. The rest was fresh to my ears and some of it was obviously brand new material as he was talking about events that had only happened that week. Personally I thought that on the night his interaction with the audience was fantastic and appeared to be 'off the cuff', even if the "what do you do?" line did wear a bit thin come the end. However, be warned... If you don't like the use of the word 'c**t' do not go to see Frankie as it's used very frequently.
So good was Frankie's performance that I had to go out and buy the DVD. To be honest it was a bit of a waste of money cos the routine was exactly the same as the show, minus the recent topical stuff. Even the cruel remarks to the audience were the same. So much for being off the cuff! It soon became clear why he kept asking the audience what they did for work. Any other questions would have required Frankie to make something up on the spot instead of the well rehearsed replies he used at both the live show I went to and the DVD. To be fair to him though I was kind of expecting this to be the case.Read more ›
The re-use of material - Frankie is in an unusual position. Because of the exposure Mock the Week has - and the amount of time he gets on it - he gets through a lot of his own material during a series on the show. And because of his over-exposure (and TV channel 'DAVE' - which shows endless repeats of old series) - there an overspill of material onto this DVD. I don't see this as a problem - its his material - he's written it, he's entitled to use it on his DVD. The way some people review on here is like he's done a 'Peter Kay' and re-released a DVD of Mock the Week jokes - he hasn't.
Secondly. To whatever person said that "90-99% of the jokes are from Mock The Week" - wrong. I can't tell you a rough amount, purely because I've seen endless runs of Mock the Week, I've seen him live on tour, I've watched him on Live at the Apollo, and now this DVD - so I've forgotten what material was used on Mock The Week and what wasn't. But I can say with a fair amount of confidence that its no more than 40-50% at tops. And even so, the 'A' material is only on this DVD - which in itself makes it worth buying.
So to the review. It's four stars mainly because of his interaction with the audience - is poor. It's funny, he'll rip people about how bad their jobs are till the cows come home - but it begins to become a tad predictable - still funny though - it's not predictable to the point where you're not going to laugh.
Outside of that, the material is of a brilliant standard. It's offensive - sure, but unlike some, its not uncomfortably offensive, its laugh out loud offensive.Read more ›
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Not my cup of tea but i got it as a present for my daughter. She really likes it.Published 5 months ago by spider
hes not everybodys cup of tea, but i love his cringe worthy humour. he says what we nolonger canPublished 7 months ago by Stephen Lowe