The Adam and Joe DVD [DVD]
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The Adam and Joe Show is the most influential late-night home-made British TV comedy show of all time. Armed only with a camcorder, stuffed toys, action figures and the contents of their bedroom, Adam and Joe satirise pop culture and modern life in a way you've never seen before. Unless you've seen it. Now, for the first time ever, the very best bits from all four award-winning series are presented here on this essential, jam-packed DVD.
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For those unfamiliar with the show; each episode consists of sketches the majority of which are parodies of films/TV programmes - curiously they are usually made using toys and action figures. Initially The Adam And Joe Show looks a bit thrown together and childish, but you soon realise that the skits are based on clever observations and their dissection of TV series exposes them for the hollow shells they often are.
It's not just dire daytime TV shows which are lampooned here, more highbrow programmes are parodied too and the impressions are done excellently. This isn't an impressions show though and the true comedy comes from poking fun at the content.
As the series progress it keeps getting better, from being generally good with moments of brilliance it becomes a consistently brilliant series. I forgot how much Star Wars based content there was in Adam and Joe but watching it now it's obvious that they are big fans of the Sci-Fi masterpiece. Replacing well known personalities with Star Wars characters might seem a bit lame but it really does work well and they fit in surprisingly naturally. Using toys keeps the budget down and the 'homemade' quality of the series is central to the overall charm, Adam and Joe could quite easily be two friends at home with a camcorder and by laughing with them you feel part of it all.
Even their own DVD isn't safe from parody - the DVD menus are very funny and feature audio snippets which made me laugh as I navigated between series. The extras contain lots of additional material including more Toy Based film remakes and Star Wars TV Spoofs.
In a nutshell: There are a few weaker sketches initially but the strength of the comedy builds into a great social satire which still looks as relevant now as it did back in the '90s.
They were popular in the 90s but their following isn't quite as mainstream now. They still have many cult fans who appreciate their style, and to those the price is a steal. The DVD left me sincerely wishing they had a show today. There's no other act quite like them and their potential in today's media climate is enormous. If you're nostalgic about the show or if you listened to their BBC 6 Music radio show and want to see what they boys used to get up to, then pick this up for a few quid. I've had more expensive sandwiches. Good entertainment doesn't usually come with this kind of value for money.
Oh, and by the way, to all the ever faithful Black Squadron and Podcats, I'd just like to say..... STEPHEN!
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