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Richard Herring - Christ On A Bike [DVD] 
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Packed with almost FIVE HOURS of extras this two disc set is the latest of Richard Herring s provocative stand up shows to make it to DVD: Jesus Christ - Son of God! Saviour of mankind! Superstar! Richard Herring - Son of Keith! Impressive high score on Yahtzee. Star of a poker based chat show on a satellite channel which subsequently closed down! At first sight they have little in common. Or do they? Following up on his critically acclaimed show Hitler Moustache Herring now turns his attention to religion. 'Last year the show was about Hitler. This year it's about Jesus. I guess I am following the career path of Pope Benedict.' As a committed atheist why is Herring so obsessed with Christ? Is he scared he might be wrong to be so dismissive? Does he feel that Christ's true intentions and message have been subverted by his followers? Or does he secretly hope, in his heart that he might be Jesus, back at last, just like he promised, only about 2000 years later than planned? 'I'm not saying I'm Jesus... that is for other people to say.' Along the way he asks all the great theological questions: 'Why did Jesus always call Simon, Peter? Was it the same as the way Trigger always called Rodney Dave? What happened to Lazarus the second time he died? How many weeks would you have to attend Roman Catholic Holy Communion before you had consumed an entire Jesus?' Combining child-like guile with rigorous academic research, Herring attempts to discover the true historical Jesus, find out why he is all things to all men, discovers a mistake on the very first page of the New Testament and tries to ascertain if Jesus ever really did walk like a lady and wear a bra. It's a show that was picketed by aggrieved Christians in Glasgow and Lowestoft, even though they hadn't seen it - You'll remember Jesus famously said, 'Judge stuff you haven't seen' - but which is as critical of Richard's wishy-washy atheism as it is of those who have misinterpreted Christ's message. 'Jesus is cool... it's just the people who follow him who tend to be such idiots... He's like the Fonz in that respect.' It's funny and thought-provoking, blasphemous and reverential and it's a much better Christmas present than some Myrrh.
Hilarious. Makes the Bible something of a comedy classic .... --The Guardian
Rarely is comedy as stimulating and exhilarating as this, as well as being utterly hilarious - 5 stars... --Chortle
Infantile. The continual reference to sexual things makes it manifest that Richard Herring has not got out of puberty yet --Reverend Kyle Paisley, Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church
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The only negative is that this version appears to be two discs of a three disc set, there is at least one reference to disc three I have found, and the original release (which is still available) does have three discs. Had I known it had a disc 'missing' I don't think I would have bought this version.
Further to above review; I returned the two disc version to Amazon and bought the three disc version from gofasterstripe.com as it is a lot cheaper than buying the third disc seperately. Hats off to Amazon for accepting the return and letting me post gofasterstripe.com on here too, as until Amazon sell the three disc version I would recommend shopping elsewhere for this item.
Being a Go Faster Stripe recording, the extras are good and numerous as ever. The tour diary was enjoyable for the confrontation with the protestors, and the inclusion of a video version of the post-show `Collings and Herrin Podcast' is brilliant as ever. Overall, it's well worth picking up, and certainly better than a lot of the other stand-up DVDs released around the same time by some considerable margin.
This one builds on some of the sketches he used to do when he was big on the TV in the 1990s.
It is also controversial, in the same way that his show 'Hitler Moustache' drew attention.
Didn't think it was quite as good as Hitler Moustache, but still funny and you learn a bit about his background in the course of the stand up.
The only downside might be - and this is especially true of all those for whom English isn't a first language (like myself) - the Richard's natural style of delivery. It is sharp, quick, rapid as he hits you with a sentence after sentence after sentence. Therefore it is very easy for a listener to get lost, after which it may take a while to get back on track. Albeit I must admit Christ... is still more watchable than Hitler's Moustache, so there's perhaps a little improvement there. I would suggest that the first time you watch it, subtitles may be of great help. Not essential, of course, but surely a recommended feature.
The real treat is the second dvd in which Richard - as if he were a Messiah himself - gets out of the theatre hall in Lowestoft (just as Jesus did when he confronted Pharisees countless times...), and begins to talk to people who disagree with him on - let's say - theological aspects of the show. Ironically, these are the very same people who may not have watched a second of the show, which I hope gives you the sort of idea of the discussion that followed. Anyway, the somewhat age-ey folk in Lowestoft are willing to boycott the performance for their own sake, or perhaps just to seek publicity by knowing it'll later appear as a bonus feature.... You be the judge. And besides, now that I think of it, I reckon Richard may indeed be the true Messiah himself - and if it should offend anyone out there reading this, relax! It's just 'my' belief!
Hence I am leading to the main point here. I happened to see the show in Manchester, where another incident in the tour occurred. This time, though, a female (drunken?) heckler spoilt the show. I remember being sat at the balcony at the time, where indeed little could be heard, or seen, of what was going on. In fact, it took a longer while to realise that the show inexplicably suspended... I have later looked the RH's blog where I believe it was mentioned the incident might be featured (though only in audio form) as a bonus to the whole set. But couldn't find it anywhere on DVD 2 attached to this release. It turns out, however, that I have wrongfully given up hope of ever listening to the excerpt of the (in)famous Manchester gig, as the initial promise has been kept! (memo to self: post this review to a certain Nick C.)
It is only featured on DVD 3, however, which is unavailable with this release, unfortunately. Turns out shopping at ****o* may not always be the best option matter of fact. So if you want to experience and enjoy a full, unrestricted release, look it up elsewhere. (I'm probably not allowed to supply a link here.) Hence 4 stars by the way.
I see another reviewer has fallen for the same trap. Thankfully, it seems to be possible to order just the additional (missing) disc to add the dvds I've already got. Which is what I am definitely planning to do next! (Also, by coincidence, I discovered that it's the same old story with my set of Hitler's Moustache show. Was only able to buy 2 disc set on here, whilst it turns out there is a 3 disc set avaialble...)
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