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Ricky Tomlinson: Laughter My Arse! [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Nov 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q62G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,434 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Recorded in 2001, Laughter My Arse is a celebration of Ricky Tomlinson’s ascendancy to the top table of British comic actors. The role which really established Tomlinson’s popularity was through three series of Caroline Aherne’s acclaimed Royle Family sitcom. In this DVD he cashes in on the catch phrase of couch potato Jim Royle and takes us back to his roots in the working men’s clubs of Liverpool.

Much of the programme consists of his one-man show. Royle Family fans will appreciate the humour which obviously informs Tomlinson’s characterisation of Jim. But this act only tells half the story. He has also proved himself an accomplished and formidable performer in television drama and independent British films and with a bit more imagination, the producers could have come up with a more rounded portrait. The most poignant moments come outside the club when Tomlinson reminisces with friends and colleagues about the good old days when they were starting out on the club circuit. Anecdotes abound and Tomlinson’s ability to make some pretty grim episodes funny says much about the fundamental warmth of the man. Even so, this is probably one for old fans rather than the idle curious.

On the DVD: the sound and picture quality are fine. If the producers had wanted to be truly authentic, they could have taken a grainier option for the comedy act sequences and harked back to the days of Granada’s Wheel Tappers and Shunters Club show which was a staple of ITV schedules in the 1970s. If the comedy isn’t your bag, the chapter selection option allows you to skip straight to the nostalgic reminiscence sequences and by way of extras, there’s a small handful of mildly amusing outtakes. But essentially, this is a basic package rather than a comprehensive portrait.--Piers Ford

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TV funnyman Ricky Tomlinson takes to the concert stage in this live comedy stand-up performance.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars His Arse 29 Mar 2006
By M. Jump
I was dissapointed with this. Ricky spends hours setting up annecdotes with unfunny payoffs. The audience laughs between jokes for no reason but i laughed very rarely. This srand-up is interspersed with Ricky visiting locations from his past and laughing at stuff with his friends, jokes we arent really let in on very much. not a patch on the realist style of humour he displays in the Royle Family.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand up? my arse! 1 Feb 2006
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If you think this is a standard stand up comedian on stage for over an hour your wrong. I was so pleased to find Ricky Tomlinson not only do jokes in the club in Liverpool but introduce you to his friends from the past, places and tell you true funny stories. In many ways it becomes a comedy autobiography of his roots. On the DVD you get also short stand up spots by Micky Finn (REALLY FUNNY), Denny Waters(had me in tears laughing), Pauline Daniels (love her hairdresser joke) and Eddie Colinton (classic original old time stand up).After watching this you get to know that what you see with Ricky is what you get. He admits he is so close to his character in 'The Royal Family' even to the fact of complaining to his wife for leaving lights on. In The extras you see him sit with friends telling you yet more funny stories and also letting you know how it came about he started to play the banjo. I love comedy and found this a great change to the normal format in these type of DVDs. If you like Ricky, want to know more about him plus have a good laugh this is the one to buy.
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