Mark Steel is an engaging, intelligent comic. He's at his best using his superb skills of mimicry to illustrate an absurd aspect of human nature or our society. The funniest parts of this two-disc set are when he steps into a different character and captures a recognisable type of person down to a tee. The opening moments of the show, filmed in a south London theatre, are very well observed -- anyone from the area will recognise exactly what he means about Blackheath, Greenwich and Plumstead, for instance...
It's entertaining to watch a comedy routine based around an historical interlude, too, and Steel does a very good job of explaining the political and social tangle of the French revolution in down to earth, realistic terms. He spots the absurdity in most situations, although the result produced just chuckles from us, rather than many moments of outright laughter.
On the down side, Steel's over-use of Effin language spoils the event and means we couldn't possibly watch this with a multi-generational audience. It was like being back in the 1980s and listening to Ben Elton spraying the audience with a non-stop barrage of spiky language. OK now and then to get a laugh... a bit over the top here, frankly.
The special features were also nowt to write home about, and there's no need for this to be a two-disc set.
Fans of Mark Steel will surely love this show. If you've not seen much of him before then this is a good way to find out if you like his style. It was useful to me -- I found out that I wouldn't want to go out to a theatre to catch him live, but I'd be happy renting another disc of his.