This is a DVD of Stephen Merchant's first live show. Some of his comedy routine seems to be pitched at an American audience, but only a very small element. He has a likeable persona on stage, and a very nice line in self-deprecating wit, much of it aimed at his gangly frame (he's 6 feet, 7 inches tall), and being a geek at school. He jokes about ergonomic issues when you're tall, including problems on flights.
He places an amusing focus on his bungling attempts at romance. He also gives a very funny diatribe about adverse press reports, where journalists have mocked him because of his beanpole appearance. He reveals his method for handling boring and obnoxious wedding guests, and dissects the banality of textspeak, which is fairly funny.
I couldn't give this show 5 stars, because it didn't give me any strong belly laughs. If I'm watching Lee Evans or Al Murray, I sometimes find it hard to stop laughing, but I didn't experience that with this show. It's well constructed, observational humour, and frequently mildly amusing, but not quite on a par with the aforementioned comedians. Both Lee Evans and Al Murray are blessed with the Tommy Cooper effect - their physical appearance alone, and their use of exaggerated facial expressions, is enough in itself to cause hilarity, regardless of their material. Comics like Stephen Merchant and Greg Davies don't have the same advantage, which perhaps helps to explain the absence of real belly laughs.
ADDENDUM:- If you like this show, you'll probably enjoy the Greg Davies DVD, The Back Of My Mum's Head, which I review elsewhere on this website.