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Disappointing considering the talent on display
on 22 November 2013
Lee Evans, John Richardson, and Rich Hall all have dreadful potty mouths that forced me to hate their sets. They only had four minutes on stage, and yet all of them insisted on getting over 30 of the crudest foul words they could each get into the show. I can only presume there was some argument with TV broadcast rights and they decided the best way to win was to ruin their sets with so much bad language that they get edited out. But it was bad. I'm not a prude, but I do have a limit. You should only swear if it adds something to the joke, not just because the jokes not funny and swearing is all you know to do. When its suppose to be supporting a charity however, its just disrespectful.
There were some acts that just came out to introduce the next act - what was the point of that! They were wasting my time and I was not impressed.
The fresh faces as usual saw the exposure benefits that this DVD could present them, and Adam Hills is a good example of a great new comedian who performs a great set written to fit the time he had and just does a good clean job, that makes people like me go and buy his full length DVD.
It was the seasoned pros that let the show down by talking utter nonsense that made no sense and not seeming to care about their performance, phoning it in as it were. Yes, I know they only had four minutes and some only had ten seconds (like the acts that came on to introduce another act). But I still felt they should have done better instead of repeatedly saying 'lets applaud the last guy' to waste another fifteen seconds of their short set, and then 'thanks for coming out for a good cause' which we heard every other comedian say over and over again wasting even more time.
Talking about 'phoning in your act' there were several clips from comedians who couldn't be bothered to turn up inter-spread throughout the show. Quite literally phoning in their contribution.
Josh Widdicombe and Jonathan Ross were two other acts that occasionally swore. However in there cases it was to hide the fact that their jokes weren't funny and they were trying to disguise there lack of punchlines by swearing.
Some of the acts were very difficult to understand. They were perhaps rushing through their script to fit it all in, but diction appears to be a lost skill amongst many of these performers. Evans and Widdicome are examples of this.
Paddy McGuiness and Russell Brand were willing to do the edgy topical gags which I liked. Rhod Gilbert was fantastic as always as was Warrick Davies whom I had no idea could do stand-up but was superb.
Seann Walsh was good. Paul Chowdhry was superb. Tom Stade did an okay job and his swearing was part of his routine but personally I would have chosen a different routine when working a filmed show. He wont survive the TV edit.
Jason Byrne was very, very crude but acceptable when compared to some of the other acts.
Overall though I was very disappointed with this DVD. I was expecting better material and longer acts. They had names on the cover that didn't get to perform properly and it lacked a stand-out performance of the show.
And for a charity DVD, I still have no idea what the charity is or about. There wasn't even a special feature to let me know something about them and maybe get me to donate. Perhaps a charity funding project should include some information about the charity itself...
I'm off to go watch the Jimmy Carr DVD again as that makes me laugh every time I watch it.