Being a big fan of standup, such a cheap price for a collection of irelands best comedians (no Ed Byrne though, why?) seemed a bargain. Unfortunately, I found the dvd disappointing mostly, but brilliant in places. First of all, Jason Byrne is very disappointing. His set wasnt very long and was poor compared to his usual brilliant standard (but was still an ok performance). If you've never seen Jason before, please dont judge his standard by this dvd, the guys a legend. Tommy Tiernan was a nice surprise, one of his better routines aswell as some hysterical moments in the unseen footage. Dara o Briain was ok, Im not a huge fan of his anyway. Ardal O hannon was pretty good, he had me laughing, but his set ended just as it was picking up speed. Dylan Moran had his moments, but was average at best.
The 5 star performance goes to Des Bishop. I cant believe this guy has slipped under my comedy radar. Ive tried to buy every dvd of his based on this performance, it was that good. The guys an american who has spent most of his life in Ireland, so considers himself practically Irish, but makes a point of comparing the differences between the Irish and Americans. His bit on Irish women is daring and could have backfired, but its so hysterical that even the hardest Irish woman would be in stitches. Id go as far to say that for the price, the dvd is worth buying just to see Des Bishops set. Most of the others let the side down and please dont be put off Jason Byrne, he's so much better than this.
The venue seems quite dark and small (no apollo job here) and you cant help but feel that all the comedians (apart from Des and Tommy) were saving their best material and as they had like 10 minutes each, they couldnt get going properly. But hey, its for a good cause, amnesty international and its dirt cheap. Worth a purchase