Stephen Merchant Live - Hello Ladies [DVD] (2011)
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The Ricky Gervais sidekick and star of 'The Office' and 'Extras' presents his views on topics including love and the injustices of being tall on his first solo stand-up tour recorded in 2011.
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The picture is pretty good (1080i Widescreen 16:9) , but it isn't as noticeable because it's just Steve on stage so it doesn't need to be crisp. Either way, it satisfies. Audio was fine because it's just one audio track but it's 2.0 if anyone's interested.
Bonus features were disappointing. There was an entertaining enough interview with Christian O'Connell where Steve talks about why he returned to stand up etc, and includes some very funny archive footage from the late 90s (SD) from an old routine. Hoped for more but it's ok I suppose. Subtitles are also available.
Overall a good package and a very funny show.
It's really great to see him without Ricky Gervais and he really holds his own and makes you wonder why he hasn't done any stand up before. He's a complete natural with really funny jokes and interesting stories on his quest to find a woman. The encore was brilliant (I hope it's on the DVD) as he gets members from the audience to help him perform the play he wrote in school and it's so funny. He was really confident and it was great to see his personality as I personally find him funnier away from Ricky Gervais and he's a lot nicer!
You can tell by now I really enjoyed it, best stand up gig I've ever seen. Buy the DVD now, if you like him in the stuff he's been in, you'll LOVE his stand up. Well done Steve.
The framing device for the show is Merchants ongoing struggles to find a partner. It's largely self deprecating humour mixed with ironic observations of many of the usual subjects - dating, marriage, sex - as well as insights into dealing with being a man of such height.
If you're familiar with, and enjoy, his various TV work then there's much to like here - a few belly laughs along the way as well as the previously mentioned chuckles. A bit of fun audience participation and a long, strange but funny encore add up to a worthwhile watch (especially as it's on Amazon Prime at time of writing).
I would highly reccommend this to anyone considering it ... and if you're not considering it, then do so!
With regards to the content, it wasn't what I expected. Prior to it starting, I had anticipated Stephen being rather shy and reserved, but he was quite the opposite. He was energetic, made excellent use of physical props, and his very first [High School] play was an absolute pleasure to observe. Hilarious throughout.
10/10. (and much better than he who must not be named - Hint: RG)
Well done Stephen, and I hope to see you again in the future.
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