Top positive review
11 people found this helpful
Thoughts Are Things.
on 16 December 2010
I heard Simon talk to Richard Bacon on 5Live and thought that I'd give this a look.
Funny and thought-provoking in equal measure. I did laugh (always a good sign), and I was also taken with Simon's philosophical views on love, life and the Universe and how he wove the thread of the work of Ernest Holmes, Richard Bach and Abraham-Hicks (to name just three), throughout his stand-up routine.
Although not as visceral and acerbic as Bill Hicks (stay with me here), the aforementioned philosophy of Amstell and the way in which he continuously introduces this into the routine did remind me of the late great Hicks at his most tender and profound; and Simon's style of delivery and the intimacy of his material means that the gentle way in which he gets his opinion across is much more effective than his contemparies like Russell Brand, who with his rather botched attempts at being some latter-day guru overwhelms his audience with a less than charming wild-eyed dictat. Amstell here peppers his routine with philosophical gems, whimsically tossing them aside as he takes us on this journey, whereas Brand bludgeons his congregation with his groin and feverish preaching.
However let's not forget that this is funny; maybe not "stop it, I'm peeing myself to death" hilarious, but very much worth the £6.99 Amazon are asking for it.
This will not only make you laugh, it may make you think, too.