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Johnny Vegas - Who's Ready For Ice Cream? [DVD]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2010
I feel that at least somebody should come out in defence of Who's Ready For Ice Cream, as it seems to have been widely panned.

I'm not saying that those who have written negative reviews "don't get it", nor am I saying that this is aimed at everyone - however, I picked this up after seeing Stewart Lee being interviewed about it on YouTube, as it sounded intriguing. One

"Most people don't like it, and I think that was part of Johnny's joke. He is often having a laugh at the expense of the world, and of himself, and I think he loved the idea of people, of familes, who'd seen him on Shooting Stars, buying that DVD as a Christmas Day gift and then watching it - and it being this really rather brutal, depressing sort of thing... with not really any jokes in it, and I think he wanted that."

Maybe I enjoyed it because I knew what I was getting and thus circumvented Johnny's hour-long bear trap, maybe I gave it more of a chance than I would have done if it had been the work of an unknown, but I really really liked it. It was different and interesting. I'd say it's worth a punt - maybe off Marketplace - if you liked things like Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, or if you were one of the eight people who saw Simon Munnery's Attention Scum.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2011
I fail to think of a comedy DVD that captures a unique stand-up's style so well. The grimy, somewhat upsetting fictional element to the film is perfectly allegorical to the mood of Johnny's material and the stand-up performances themselves (through ingenious choices with the camera work and Vegas being at the top of his game) simulates the genuinely uncomfortable feeling of being in a room with Johnny performing to a tee. The Extra's are terrific, extensive stand up sets with the same beautifully structured camerawork, genuinely impressive and challenging DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2010
I'm sorry to say that this DVD appears to have shot clean over the heads of alot of the 1 star reviewers here.

No laughter track? How am I supposed to know when to laugh?

In fact one of the reviewers even compared Johnny Vegas unfavourably to Peter Kay.

Its safe to say if Peter Kay is your comedy idol, then this DVD is definitely not for you.

If you want a bunch of comedy catchphrases, that you can endlessly repeat after viewing, this is not for you.

If however, you are looking for a brilliantly (often improvised) imaginative comedy script, that is unafraid of stepping outside mainstream expectations, you are in for a treat.

Johnny Vegas (directed by the brilliant Stewart Lee), has created A dark otherworld that skewers both Johnny Vegas's own ego, and some brilliantly imagined desperate, tragic and downright deluded characters.

All of which are hilariously executed. There are many laugh out loud moments throughout the entire main feature, and the extras are also stellar.

How anyone could sit through the main feature on not laugh once is beyond me, though I suppose someone must be buying all those Little Britain DVDs.

5 Stars! Johnny Vegas at his best, a shambolic genius with a razor sharp wit and penchant for self deprecation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2012
Mmmm. You've gotta sit through this one a bit. I liked it and can see that JV really humiliated himself to get the scenes on stage and in the streets. There's some good performances from the support cast and I think it was well worth doing. Comedians like johnny challenge you to think about what it is that you like about comedy. But there's enjoyment and fun in here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2007
The actual "Who's Ready for Ice cream" is pretty dire, but it only lasts about 30 minutes. However the "Worst night of his life" extra is pure genius. If this had been the main feature more people would be raving about the DVD and certainly not got all those 1 star ratings
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on 19 February 2015
This is a hidden gem. There are some moments of hilarity, which are understated but brilliant. It is just a great little piece of comedy.
If you love comedy then you must give this a go. It really is the best thing Vegas has done. Its just subtle and contains some great natural moments of comedy brilliance. Cheer yourself up and GO VEGAS - don't forget the ICE CREAM!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2004
Yes 'Who's ready for Ice Cream' is crap...but it only lasts 30mins and after it there is approx an hour and a half of Vegas stand up routine which is what you really would buy this for. I nearly missed it because there is a good few minutes in between the 'Ice Cream' bit and the stand up..its abit like a hidden track on a CD !
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
some people just dont get it, they just wont get it. Stick to your bland sit coms, your polished entertainers and the two bleeding ronnies, this isnt for you.
This is dark, well conceived and well written comedy genius. This is Johnny Vegas for those who saw Johnny Vegas before Shooting Stars, ITV Digital and guest appearances on Jonathon Ross. When he used to do the dark smoky rooms before anyone really knew who he was. When you used to go back to your insurance company, or your call centre and tell people you saw someone in a comedy club last night. Cant remember his name, but he was hilarious, cant remember any of his gags, but he was so funny i nearly wet myself.
So if your only experience of stand up comedy is a works night out at jongleurs, or a hen do at the leicester square comedy club then this isnt for you. Buy Jeff Green, Alan Davies, or really push the boat out and go and see Jack Dee.
But if you find Jam funny, even if you dont really get it, and have lost out on getting lucky cos you took too many girlfriends to see stand up comedians in their proper environments and lost out in heckling battles, then get this - now. Dont watch it after christmas dinner, between ET and Harry Potter, dont watch it with your partner and the neighbours, dont even press play when some of your mates are round. Stay in, get half cut on whatever you want and sit back, and enjoy the genius mind of a disturbingly funny man.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2004
I'm not sure what people expected from a film starring Johnny Vegas and directed by Stewart Lee, but Who's Ready For Ice Cream was never going to be a typical stand-up DVD and I for one am grateful for that. Vegas' humour has always relied on making the audience uncomfortable, in equal parts pitying and fearing him (especially if you see him live), but if you can peer through the drunken haze you will find some truly brilliant comedy. His humour would never work if this were Johnny Vegas Live in Wherever and by interspersing the stand-up with the admittedly flimsy narrative we receive some sort of respite from the full Vegas onslaught.
It may be a reflection on me and the company I keep, but my friends and I were in hysterics throughout. Those expecting a traditional gag based stand-up DVD would be well advised to avoid Who's Ready For Ice Cream, but those looking for innovative and original (not to mention hilarious) comedy should give it a look.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2008
This is initially enjoyable but does become tiresome - the idea is that Johnny is semi-kidnapped and forced back to his comedic roots at Edinburgh, having become complacent with telly and money. Trouble is, the bullying both of his agent and the psycho comic sharing a flat with him in Edinburgh become rather samey and predictable over the length of the film. And the idea he is a passive victim of his agent's whims (hasn't TV given him some sense of his own power?)doesn't quite convince.

It's a particularly frustrating watch because Vegas's character can fit into a convincing storyline, as his show on Channel Four some years ago demonstrated. This was The Johnny Vegas Television Show (not issued commercially as far as I know), which had him as a pathetic, alcoholic loser living in the shadow of his shining hour at Skegness Butlins, and boring anyone within earshot about the purity of his work as an entertainer. The show had several "real" people improvising with Johnny, including Adrian Manfredi, a genuine ice cream man continually pestered in the local park by a penniless Vegas. He reappears in this film as his sponsor for Edinburgh (hence the title of the feature and the supposed stage show), though there is no reference to this earlier acquaintance.

As other reviewers have said, the excerpts from live performances, both as part of the film and as extras, are the most impressive thing: that knife edge between the shambolic and the inspired, familiar to anyone who has seen him in the flesh.

And as for the rest of the film's content, some may ask why should the storyline matter that much as long it means we get to see Johnny Vegas for ninety minutes (or whatever)? Well, yes, it does matter. It matters because once we're aware that this is a situation contrived to make us laugh then that undoes the illusion of this comedian tearing out his entrails which is at the heart of his live performance - and that Channel Four show was funny because you never stopped believing you were watching a truly desperate but driven man.

It also has to be said that the limits of Manfredi's improv skills are more noticeable in Who's Ready For Ice Cream?; in the other programme he simply has to react to Johnny winding him up most of the time. And there is a more complex and profound conclusion in the other programme where Johnny remains an alcoholic loser with dreams of returning to his Butlins glory days but is at least the recipient of kindness from others (a benign park keeper) and remains safely cushioned in his own drunkeness and dreams.

I know I've gone on about a programme not itself the subject of this review but it has so much that seems to fit the Vegas character that it seems the best way of explaining why Who's Ready for Ice Cream? misfires and demonstrating that Vegas's character can indeed work in an extended story.
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