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Wit overpowers punchlines,
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This review is from: Simon Amstell - Do Nothing Live [DVD] (DVD)
Being a fan of Amstell on Buzzcocks, I was unsure of what exactly to expect on this DVD. I had heard that he had changed his style a bit, no longer wishing to constantly berate celebrities but rather to evaluate himself. Seeing the result I was beyond pleased, it was better than anything I could have hoped for.
This entire show is a self-deprecating experience for Amstell, in which his honesty is what creates the laughs. He utilizes events from his life to provide the spectator with a new perspective on who he really is. These sometimes subtle degradations are clearly much more meaningful to Amstell, and provided me with a much more interesting viewing. Some of his philosophies also shines through, and even if one is to disagree with them, the questions they bring up certainly are intriguing. The show could be summarized almost as a session with a therapist, throughout which Amstell being the patient is explaining his issues to the crowd, who acting as the therapist appear to cleanse him with their laughter. This direct relationship between viewer and presenter is one that is much more powerful than any other stand-up show that I have ever seen, and in the end Amstell had left me even moved by his utter honesty.
Personally, I felt that this DVD was excellent. Amstell's anecdotes reach further and hit on a profound level more so than any joke that I have ever heard. If you want to constantly laugh out loud at joke after joke, then perhaps you pass on this DVD. But if you are looking for an insightful experience, littered with subtle humour, then I would definitely suggest Do Nothing.