The Best of Les Dawson [DVD]
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Les Dawsons career spanned over 25 years and made him one of Britains best loved comedians. This collection captures classic moments from the Les Dawson show, Blankety Blank and Dawsons hilarious drag pairing with Roy Barraclough as the gossiping housewives, Cissy and Ada. All Dawsons trademark performances are here - his brilliantly poor piano playing, the mother-in-law jokes and hilarious rambling monologues.
Les Dawson was one of the last practitioners of a comedy tradition that had its roots in variety, pantomime and the hard knocks school of Northern working-men's clubs. Right up until his death in 1993, he saw no need to revise or modernise his material in the face of the "alternative" comedy revolution--"I'm not saying she was fat, but they used her knickers for hang-gliding", "the mother-in-law got on a chair and sang all the songs she'd learnt as a stormtrooper"--because the enduring charm of his performances depended less on the material than his delivery. Dawson was the master of the deadpan and, coupled with a flexible face that lent itself to hilarious gurning, he could transform the longest shaggy-dog story with the weakest punchline into a comedic masterpiece. On this video a selection of his monologues, sketches (including, of course, several doses of double entendre queens "Cissie and Ada" with fellow drag artist Roy Barraclough) and notorious attempts to play the piano are interspersed with some variety performances and--arguably his finest hour--his stint as host of Blankety Blank ("This is the first time I've hosted a quiz show and I feel about as comfortable as a lame turkey sat on a pile of paxo listening to Christmas carols"). Taking over from genial but bland Terry Wogan, Dawson transformed this trivial BBC quiz show into a sublime send-up of the format. Excerpted here are a handful of his set-piece jokes, but some of the most priceless moments were his ad-libs to the minor celebs on the panel or his sarcastic reflections on the show's prizes. If the selection here seems haphazard, it's probably because there is no such thing as a "classic" Les Dawson sketch: his very presence was the essence of his comedy. --Mark Walker -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product Description
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This DVD is basically a compilation of bits and pieces from Les Dawson's various TV shows, including the odd excerpt from 'Opportunity Knocks' and 'Blankety Blank'. All the usual staples are here: Cissy and Ada, his hilarious double act with Roy Barraclough of 'Coronation Street' fame, Zebediah Twine the magician as well as the monologues (how did he manage to keep a straight face?), the near legendary mother-in-law jokes and, lest we forget, his superbly off-kilter piano playing (Les Dawson was, in fact, an extremely talented pianist)
The quality of some of the BBC's DVD releases leaves a lot to be desired, and this is no exception - there are no extras to speak of and the subtitling is rather poor although given the age of some of the material included, the mono soundtrack can just about be forgiven.
These faults aside, it's a fitting tribute to a British comedy legend.
He is good dressing up into charactors and he seems to live the person he's portraying.
He has so many short phrases that are very well thought out.
I can recommend this DVD it will appeal to lot's of ages and is just agood pick you up.
I have just seen on itv an Audience with Les Dawson, which he did agree to do before he died, at first it was a bit weird to see him on stage, well he was a hologram, and he looked so realistic, so it's well worth a watch, come on itv this deserves a dvd release.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First Half of the DVD is great content, but it does go downhill towards the end.Published 5 days ago by Mr. C. N. Reading
Very good selection of Les Dawson's highlights and at a very reasonable price. Les is one of the best!!Published 4 months ago by Trevor Jones
I found this DVD a little dissapointing. I felt that the clips chosen were far from the best of Les Dawson's work. It s not a DVD that I would watch again.Published 5 months ago by Peter Miller
You cannot compare the old comics to today's. they think themselves funny but they are notPublished 5 months ago by Violetta