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Oh Bob, you were so much better than this,
This review is from: Bob Monkhouse: Three Great Shows [DVD] (DVD)
Bob Monkhouse was one of the truly great comics that Britain ever produced. In his later years, he enjoyed a bit of a comeback as people rediscovered the comic genius that had become lost behind as his game show host side took prominence. You only have to look at his truly sublime topical monologues on the National Lottery show to realise how good he was. Especially the one where his autocue failed and ad-libbed a totally new (and equally topical) routine from the top of his head.
Tragically, these DVDs show Bob at his worst. As so often happens with comedians, you take away TV's requirement to keep things clean, and he quickly stoops into the realm of lazy smutty jokes, few of which are remotely funny. Reportedly he was told that stand up videos only sold if they weren't certificate 18, and so he simply delivers what it takes to achieve that. For goodness' sake, he even brings on a stripper in the middle of each set. It's grim stuff indeed.
Worse still, having been advertised as a 3 disc set, it turns out the third disc contains a compilation of "highlights" from the first 2 discs. It's mind-bogglingly pointless. I'd much rather see a compilation of Bob's many TV appearances, where at least he was "forced" to use his own inventiveness, rather than a string of below-par smutty gags.
I'm giving it 2 stars, because there is the odd glimpse of Bob's brilliance - quickly reminiscing of his time on The Golden Shot and Family Fortunes, and his charmingly "innocent" reaction to the crowd's enthusiasm for the strippers, but really, this is not the way I wanted to remember a true giant of comedy. Come on somebody, do the great man proud.