- Actors: Russell Howard
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Channel 4 DVD
- DVD Release Date: 24 Nov. 2014
- Average Customer Review: 186 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00IINRB58
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,395 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The popular 'Mock the Week' panellist performs live in front of his home crowd in Bristol as part of his 2014 sell-out 'Wonderbox' tour. Russell performs his usual gleefully juvenile brand of social commentary and discusses some of the joy to be found in everyday experiences.
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With a sharp 'Ready .. Aim .. Fire !!' you'd have wiped out a generation of dull, worthy, transparent stand-up turns and moronic, autocue-reliant 'comedy' quiz-show panellists, and improved TV light entertainment for ever and everyone.
But first up against the wall would be Russell Howard, an arrogant and unlikeable man with delusions of profundity. ~ I can excuse the toddler-level leftiness, the total lack of charm, the cretinous face-pulling and inane smirking, even the drearily predictable t-shirt/jeans/trainers combination.. But what is inexcusable, what really sticks in the craw is: He's on telly (a lot!); does pointless, rock-style nationwide tours; releases DVD's..and everything else that today's comics are compelled to do - despite the incontestable fact that he's completely unable to say or do anything remotely funny.
From the off I feel slightly guilty: criticism of something this untalented and shallow is far too easy, but when the only alternative is booting in your TV screen in exasperation..
Note: ~ He does have something amazing in common with his 'MTW' colleagues: He has a career in comedy !!! ~ End of note.
The old adage 'Comedy is the only genre that needs to be based in reality' hangs over Russell Howard like the Sword of Damocles.
Being luvvy leftie doesn't always have to equate with unfunny ~ Rik Mayall was a trend(y)-bucker ~ but as a general rule for Howard and his tepid, omnipresent chums .. avoid if you want any kind of perception or realism relating to the modern world (At least that other haplessly useless Bristolian, sopping wet Mark Watson, looks sheepish and apologetic delivering his deadening asides - Howard is too deludedly smug for even this).
His 'truths' are no more than naïve invention, cobbled together with no nod given to either abstraction nor surreality. His gormless grin suggests that everything is indeed a lark to be taken with a big pinch, but his delivery and misplaced, know-it-all self-confidence refutes this emphatically. When you and your material are this poor, you should at least show a little humility.
It scarcely needs typing, but this DVD, along with all his others, is full to bursting with this silly boy's self-righteous, infantile observations. ~ But especially maddening is his 'audience' (if they actually exist); who sycophantically wet themselves every time their hero gurns and smirks his way to a loud, predictable punchline. What ARE they laughing at ?? Why ARE they creased up at his every utterance ..?
~ I strongly suspect a large amount of canning, as the only appropriate accompaniment to a Russell Howard 'joke' is deathly silence.
Occasionally, he quietens things down for comedic impact. The stage-pacing slows, the sound editor turns the audience down .. allowing His Highness of Hilarity not only a little breath, but also to build up to a promising climax of power and comedic significance..
- But guess what ? That's right - there's nothing there ! .. Ever !!
By Sue and Perkins, Russell, you utter fraud !
Howard is part of a BBC-sponsored, PC, right bunch of old cronies, that even previous Stasi operatives Enfield, Elton et al, talent-wise, would boot far into the sunset. Apart from wishful thinking by myself on behalf of the nation, the reason I listed a few of the other felons at the start of this review was to give, admittedly back-handedly, Howard the cushion of him not being alone in his disgrace.
But it's a moot point. Reviewer generosity.
In the proverbial nutshell: Don't bankroll any more of this.
as part of his world tour.
This genuinely funny young man, a Bristolian through and through, seems very much at home in front of his
As usual he is a bundle of high energy, always on the move, regaling us with jokes and anecdotes about his
brother, mother, and people who he bumps into in daily situations.
The whole show last for about 90 or so minutes, with some bonus material adding another 25 minutes of laughter.
Good fun and a worthwhile buy.
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Highly recommend him to anyone with a sense of humour!
It didn't really do much for me. Perhaps I am so use to his amusing stories on Mock the Week, or one-liners on Good News. But in this show there was none of those. It felt padded out with bits of business that didn't really go anywhere. I would have loved for him to have incoporated the style of his TV shows into this theatre show as it would have been differnt to the other twenty stand-up comedy dvd releases this week. Instead its just more of the same. Like some of the others, it might be wise to wait until it comes down in price before buying.
I don't remember any of the stories or jokes. None of the one-liners I bothered to write down or remember. I cant even remember him saying any but he must have done. It was easily forgettable as he didn't connect with the audience or give us a reason to care about him or what he had to say.
If you like his sense of humour, you should enjoy this DVD.
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