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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny - in parts, 11 Jan 2012
This review is from: Greg Davies Live - Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog [DVD] (DVD)
Greg Davies comes across as being honest, down-to-earth and likeable, and he interacts well with the audience. Some of his routines and stories are funny but there is a lot that is just routine. His material is limited to anecdotes about his life that he thinks are funny; some are but you get the impression that he has twenty minutes of funny stuff stretched out for over an hour. The "firing cheeseballs at a dog" piece he starts with is slow and laboured - I was wondering when his act was going to get started.

Worth watching once but not in the same league as many other comedians and certainly not five stars when compared to comedy DVDs - Stewart Francis, Bill Bailey, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Bob Monkhouse, Mick Miller etc, etc, - that do merit that rating.

The self-indulgent "extras" are the worst I've ever seen.
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Initial post: 14 Jan 2012 18:38:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jun 2012 22:16:51 BDT
Bluejam says:
I have seen far worse extras, which I think makes that particular comment rather unfair.

In an age where people expect to get many DVD extras, everyone making a a DVD these days is expected to have them.

This is easier when making a film or TV show, where you can just save a few outtakes from the recording and stick them on (and some don't even bother to do that), but with stand up this is not as easy.

What else can you add to a stand up DVD? It isn't exactly full of opportunities to add extra footage, so many have to record extra.

This was quite well reflected in Davies's DVD, by him and Edd Gamble struggling to find things to say in their six failed interviews (the fact they were "failed" was the whole point, and they were very amusing to watch for that reason).

Even comedians are expected to do commentaries these days - how on earth do we do that they wonder?

How do you sit in a room and talk about yourself standing on stage with a microphone? So the smarter ones get a mate in to talk to, and who really expects great insight from a stand up commentary - even one involving two people? At least bringing in a best friend of his (who was there when the event the show was named after took place) makes for some easy banter, rather than another random comic or comic producer which can be stilted or forced at times (like on an earlier Jimmy Carr one).

The audio rip is a great idea too, why buy an audio download of a show you like when it is possible for DVD companies to provide an audio rip from the DVD for nothing? Few offer that option yet.

I find it hard to believe that a person has not seen worse than that anywhere else, unless they haven't seen many that is.

Some of it is "routine"? Well of course, it is a routine. He'd been doing the show for long enough before the recording to make sure he had it down, which he did. If a comedian can make a hard job look easy, then they are for sure a good comedian.

I saw this live - on a cracking night too, near the end of the tour when some other comics would be so bored they might as well be phoning it in from home. He was as happy to be there, engaging and full of comic presence as I'd heard he'd been earlier in the tour, and despite having seen it live, the DVD performance felt just as engaging and just as funny.

The overall theme of the show is so positive and uplifting (as everyone my friend and I spoke to agreed), that I can't help but feel that only the most cynical of people could miss it.

He does what few comedians I've ever seen can do - take well worn comedy subjects (like work, school, strange family members), and tells them in an original way that feels very much his own, not influenced too greatly by others before him (and I've watched many over the years).

So a little unfair I feel - and when it comes to stand up, I don't think DVD extras should impact on the rating of the DVD itself (the extras are not what it's about, they are just that - extras, not something a stand up would have to have made years ago).

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2013 19:09:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2013 19:10:05 GMT
Couldn't agree with you more, Bluejam.
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