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No polemics, thankyouverymuch,
This review is from: Michael McIntyre Live 2009: Hello Wembley! [DVD] (DVD)
Crumbs, Michael McIntyre is divisive. People appear to either worship or despise him... I like him a bunch, and thought this DVD was disappointing.
Part of his appeal, for me, at least, was that he is genuinely laugh out loud funny, without the incessant cursing, swearing and eviscerating of folk. All good on the latter front, but in this he swears like a trooper and it was a little off-putting. I maintain a well-placed swear word can add a lot to language, but swearing to make up for the lack of actual content will never raise the standard of the routine, even if it raises more laughs from the live audience.
Equally, the material isn't as good. Quite apart from anything else, he recited much of it on Jonathan Ross amongst other things. It's common practise for comedians to do this, but if he's going to, surely he ought to wait until the DVD has been released and watched so paying customers have the benefit of watching it fresh. Having looked forward to this (in fact having *pre-ordered* it in June) for so long, seeing what now amounts to regurgitated material left me feeling disappointed and underwhelmed.
And then to the actual content: it's just not as good as the stuff in Live & Laughing. Maybe it's that we've become accustomed to his style, or maybe he's now too polished and rehearsed... or maybe it really is that it's simply not as clever or funny. He's still a joy to watch, and there are several moments when I laughed so hard I saw a couple of stars - but they were surrounded by minute after minute after minute of being a little confused and dismayed.
So without any polemics, worshipful or vitriolic, it's definitely worth a watch, but please don't expect it to reach the heights of the first. And if you've seen his DVD-hawking tv appearances, bear in mind you will have seen many of the best parts already.
ETA: Watch the latest Live at the Apollo episode and you've seen almost the entire routine.
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Initial post: 16 Dec 2009 14:26:31 GMT
M. Lancaster-smith says:
It is not easy to keep coming up with new and original material but I find that his delivery and style of stand up is extremely refreshing. I too am not comfortable with the use of bad language but sometimes it is excusable in certain circumstances if it adds to the storyline of a joke. I find Michael's style of simple observational comedy to be very funny and I am sure he will continue to entertain and wow audiences for many years to come.
Posted on 28 Dec 2009 00:39:05 GMT
M. S Worthington says:
I was going to write my own review, but this review says it all for me perfectly. I have just sat down to watch the DVD after being really excited at finally getting some new material to watch. I LOVED the first DVD, and have watched it 3 or 4 times and it still brings tears to my eyes, and the best bit of the original is I'm not sitting there waiting for the funny bits. With the Wembley DVD, I felt that a lot of the time I was waiting to get to that same level of euphoria, and it just didn't happen.
I'm sorry Michael. We love you, but this was a bit of a dissapointment.
Posted on 9 Jan 2010 23:19:53 GMT
David Mcmahon says:
I am one of those who finds him very irritating....or as he would probably say..."very irritating indeed!" and then laugh and gaffaw for 15 minutes... heh
But I have only seen him in brief snippets. By the looks of it, he may get johnathon ross's old job...peculiar that you mentioned him eh? I hope he does. I absolutely hate johnathon ross.
In an ideal world, i would like to see terry wogan in that slot or parkinson, or even someone like dara o'brain? i hope i spelt that right. I think he'd be good..
But if mcintyre gets it, maybe I will see more of him and might see why my friends rave about him so much! haha... Sure, you will never have to buy another dvd of his again if that happens! haha
Posted on 15 Jan 2010 15:27:24 GMT
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Posted on 16 Jan 2010 18:26:55 GMT
AE Rowe says:
Posted on 24 Jan 2010 18:00:03 GMT
The Loveable Cynic says:
I couldn't agree more with your Live at the Apollo comment; I borrowed this DVD off a friend after watching Apollo last week and I can truly say, as funny as parts were, it definitely does not compare to Live and Laughing. I'm very glad I didn't spend money on something I'd essentially watched on iPlayer for free!!
Posted on 22 Nov 2010 21:14:50 GMT
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Andrew Murray says:
Agree with this review 100%. Live and Laughing was very funny whereas the content here is poorer, ruder and filled with swearing. To AE Rowe who didn't hear the swearing, try watching this with your kids - you could do that with L&L but not this which is a real shame. I know it has a 15 certificate but Michael has emphatically moved himself out of the family entertainer category. Worst of all though, he's just not that funny here. I won't be rushing to get the next DVD.
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