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The Alternative Comedy Experience [DVD]

Stewart Lee , Tony Law , Tim Kirkby    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Stewart Lee, Tony Law, David Kay, Bridget Christie, Josie Long
  • Directors: Tim Kirkby
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F99HTRO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,412 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The eagerly awaited DVD release of Comedy Centrals cult-hit TV series curated by STEWART LEE and featuring a cast of hugely talented and critically acclaimed comedy misfits. This 2 disc set contains all 12 episodes from season one which includes performances from TONY LAW, SIMON MUNNERY, ISY SUTTIE, DAVID O DOHERTY, PAUL FOOT, BOOTHBY GRAFFOE, PHIL NICHOL, ANDY ZALTZMAN, HENNING WEHN, JOSIE LONG, ELEANOR TIERNAN, DAVID KAY, BRIDGET CHRISTIE, STEPHEN CARLIN, PAUL SINHA, ALUN COCHRANE, SAM SIMMONS, ROBIN INCE, GLENN WOOL and MAEVE HIGGINS. This 2 disc DVD set will also include a couple of full length uncut performances and interviews along with a full colour souvenir brochure. THE ALTERNATIVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE showcases each act stripped across the series, appearing in a number of different episodes - with the live footage intercut with backstage clips that eavesdrop on STEWART LEE and the respective performers enjoying the kind of conversations about comedy stand-ups really have off stage. These are the stand-ups other comedians slouch at the back of the room and cry with laughter at. These are the kids that got thrown into the urinals at school. They are not fashion victims, presenters, broadsheet buzzwords, or industry players. They are the people who just had to be stand-ups. THE ALTERNATIVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE was filmed in front of real comedy club audiences at THE STAND COMEDY CLUB, EDINBURGH, faithfully capturing the unique atmosphere at one of the UKs favourite and longest established live comedy clubs. There are no reaction shot cutaways to laughing celebrities. Instead, a crowd comprised of four-eyed pseudo-intellectuals and unforgiving drunks, is close enough for the viewer at home to experience the sense of danger, and thrilling triumph that pervades real stand-up shows.


A true comedy lovers delight --GQ Magazine

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift... 2 Dec 2013
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Entering into this program of stand up you may or may not know all/a few/some/none of the acts covered across the 12 episodes (plus extras) on this DVD - or like me you cringe at the word alternative - but don't let these little hurdles in your head put you off... The reality, in my opinion, is that Stewart Lee has succeeded in putting together a showcase of brilliant young/old/middle aged/known/unknown comics who, into a seamless stream of chuckled hilarity... The best bit of which, is that i would never have heard of most of them if not for this collection...

...and that would have been a genuine shame; I'm indebted to him and i can't praise him enough for remaining remarkably close to his integrity while structuring these snippets of stand up into a format that he resurrects here... Behind Tony Law and Josie Long are some the best comics that you've never heard of, putting every comic you have heard of pretty much to shame...

They're intelligent, clever and masters of a well weighted pause - these are the kind of performers who genuinely feel that the better gigs are the awkward small ones... ...and quite right they are too...!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lucky Bag of weird and wonderful delights! 18 Dec 2013
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Living out here in the far east (Japan) I do miss British comedy TV programmes. Thus "You Tube" has been a window into what is
going on in the comedy scene in Britain. And that's where I found all those illegally downloaded Stewart Lee videos! After seeing them I became a Stewart Lee disciple and immediately got all his available DVD releases. Yes, I'm supporting him by actually buying his craft!
Now then. "The Alternative Comedy Experience" was originally available to see as a podcast, but it didn't cover my part of the world where I live. So imagine my joy when it was officially released on DVD. I preordered it! How to review it? I'm not good at this kind of composition, but I'll try!
To me its contents remind me of when I was a little boy anticipating buying a "Lucky Bag" in those days when people bought things in those little corner shops. What was in the Lucky Bag was always unknown, but for me as a little boy, it was always so exciting! And that's what "The Alternative Comedy Experience" has brought to me. A couple of the comedians I did know, but most were unknown surprises. Funnily enough the majority of the comedians taking part are not one bit like Stewart Lee at all.
To pick out anyone of the comedians in particular would be difficult as the standard of comedy is so weird, wonderful, odd, simple
and mind boggling all at the same time!
Quite simply put, "Thanks Stewart Lee". His interviews with some of the comedians are of themselves warm conversations that I wish would go on much longer. They give an insight into their personalities and feelings about comedy. All in all an exceptional collection of comedy routines and interviews for anyone that dislikes the mainstream of tv personalities and shows!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars alternative comedy at it's best 17 Dec 2013
Stewart Lee has showcased some really talented 'alternative' comedians here. Pretty much all of the routines featured here are solid gold (my personal favourite is Josie Long's bit about Ed Milliband).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy shows its true face 1 Feb 2014
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There was a time when Mock the Week was enough for me. A time when it was funny. A time when it wasn't just an advert for a few popular touring comedians and a launch pad, through Live at the Apollo, to their own chat show, game show or chosen flavour of dross. Sadly those days are gone. Then came a day when Comedy Central started advertising a new, alternative show. The word alternative caused me a few concerns but I was hooked from the opening moments.
I am so glad they've brought this show out to buy. If you want your comedy without the BBCs talent scouts fingerprints all over it, if you want your comedy fearless and damn funny, then this is the place for you. Sure, there are some strange moments waiting for you, but it's all worth the price of admission. This is comedy at not only its best but at its most important and relevant. Come, see the show. Stay for the hope of more.
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