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Tim Vine - Live - So I Said To This Bloke [DVD]
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One man. Hundreds of jokes. No mercy. Yes, the Punmeister general is here.
It s Tim Vine recorded live doing what he does best, peppering gags at a defenseless audience. Armed with an arsenal of rapid fire one liners, a bag of cheap props and a pocket full of stupid ditties.
Watch Tim in full flight... resistance is futile.
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Just because Tim doesn't do thoughtful, poignant commentary on life and social ills, doesn't mean he's any less funny.
Humour has many styles and Tim has carved out his own unique style.
If you can imagine a cocktail of Harry Hill, Tommy Cooper and (scarily), a touch of Victor Borge, you're kind of in the right area.
Importantly, Tim doesn't take himself too seriously and he knows it's not deep humour. But to then say "anyone could do it" is doing Tim a huge injustice.
Stand-up comedy is extremely difficult to begin with. I myself have started out recently and to get up in front of people and try to remember even five minutes worth of stuff and then perform it correctly, is one of the hardest things you can do. I think some of our comedy critics should try it themselves and see just how hard it is.
So for Tim to effortlessly pour out gag after gag, well, you have to take your hat off to him for that alone.
"So I Said To This Bloke" is Tim's second DVD and is basically a special recording of a reworked version of his "Current Puns" show. I saw both "Current Puns" and his recent tour "Punslinger" live and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I've been waiting for the chance to show my friends and family 'Pen Behind The Ear' and finally I can, as this is included here! 'Pen Behind The Ear' jaw droppingly long, but is worth it for the two pay-off lines!
Tim is multi-dimensional too, which is showcased here.Read more ›
The punning rate on this DVD is extraordinary - so much so that by the time you've recovered from one gag, Vine is often three or four further on. His box of improbable props has expanded since the 2004 DVD; if anything, Vine relies more on these to get laughs and slightly less on the simple absurdity of the word-play in which he excels. The "pen behind the ear" routine, in particular, is mystifying and could be a turn-off for those who aren't already fans - although it does provide the set-up for one of the best sight gags in the show. Where Vine has raised his game is in the musical numbers, which are a good deal more sophisticated than the ones in the 2004 show. "My Marvellous Metronome" and "I'm Allergic to Choruses" stand out as comic highlights, and with "Flag Hippo" Vine reaches hitherto uncharted levels of surrealism.
As with the 2004 DVD, there's an impressive package of extras which range from the sublime ("Flag Hippo in Love") to the ridiculous (an absurd, and not altogether successful, Sunday-morning-TV-style spoof interview with the man himself). Best of the bunch is Vine's video diary shot backstage during the panto season. There's also an intriguing short from a psychologist exploring the underlying reasons for an addiction to appalling puns.
For those who like their comedy ground-breaking or subversive, Tim Vine is never going to be the artist of choice.Read more ›
An hour of even his slickest jokes would be wearing though and Vine wisely varies the pace and intersperses his one-liners with a greater number of songs than he's ever previously performed, each as utterly pointless as the last.
A standout is the gleefully daft Flag Hippo, which he imagines keeping us awake later pondering just what the hell it was about. Elsewhere, he spends almost ten minutes trying to catch a pen behind his ear, skilfully keeping the crowd invested in his monotonous enterprise by testing their patience to ludicrous, and thus extremely funny, excess.
Although Vine's set is undeniably formulaic and family-friendly, these limitations compel him to excel within the parameters he imposes on himself, challenging the audience to second-guess his punchlines from the setups while throwing in enough absurd detours to keep it interesting.
Extras on the disc are many but disappointing. Most are simply Vine messing about with his camcorder and friends, a spoof report on him trying various sports scarcely justifying the time and effort expended upon it.
Still, there's an amusing interview with a psychologist in which she identifies his addiction to puns as arising from emotional issues and a fear of intimacy, to which he responds appropriately enough with a pun. And a sweet moment when his dad is hauled on stage to deliver the first joke he ever told the young Tim.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First three minutes are great, then it goes downhill. Tim Vine used to be amongst my favourites, but this just doesn't cut it unfortunately.Published 3 months ago by I. S. Poole
Brilliantly funny and so quick and clever you could watch watch it again and again - and I will, definitely!Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Elizabeth Irving
Hilarious. Watched it several times and I'm still laughing. I'm still trying to figure out how he does the 'pen behind the ear'!Published 4 months ago by Secret Sherlock