Bob Monkhouse: Three Great Shows [DVD]
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Box set of three live stand-up shows by the incomparable master of suave and wheeze -and a TV institution - Mr. Bob Monkhouse. Known best for his perma-tanned presence on many a TV game show over the years, Bob Monkhouse also does stand-up. Here he bares his soul in three comedy concerts with a slightly more grownup flavour than you may be used to seeing from him.
Features three stand-up comedy titles from Bob Monkhouse. Includes Exposes Himself, Live and Forbidden, and Way Over the Limit.
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The shows were recorded at the same venue, which I was not aware of before making my purchase. It begs the question why did the producers put out three similar discs? To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement.
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.
Bob was urbane and debonair, especially in later life, and whatever you think of this material, he brings to it the unique style that I dearly miss. I would welcome more collections of his appearances, clean or otherwise. He could give masterclasses to the new-age comedians.
Yes, disc 3 is a mix of the other 2. Okay then, watch disc one here, disc two there, and disc three when you can't make up your mind. I've owned the set a few months, and still pull it out every now and again. My case comes up on Thursday.
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A proper comedian, no swearing, not too much overt smut and sexual inuendo, just good clean family fun in the main. Read more
This video is not enhanced digitally, but still very amusing. The picture looks a bit "faded" as I presume the DVD was burned straight off the original video tape.Published on 10 Feb. 2013 by PVLG