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A full 2 hours of political and topical stand up
on 25 December 2007
I saw Ben Elton live on this tour, in Preston, and this video is basically the full tour performance. It is just over two hours long, with less than a minute of "crowd shots" etc- there is no "padding out" here. There are no extras on this DVD. So you get a good two hours of live comedy, and it new material ( circa 2006. ) You won't have heard these jokes on DVD shows before.
The show itself is Ben's first live tour for 10 years, and he covers a lot of events since his last performance. Diana, Customer phone lines, Labour, the internet, Conspiracy Theories drinking culture and Ben's own family life and aging (to name a few) are all themes for his humour. Classic targets such as Mcd's and parts of the male and female anatomy are also the subject of some funny jokes.
There is a lot of material here, all of which was new for the tour, but some of which has been used since on a TV show. It is funny, witty and topical, and Ben also uses a variety of accents during the show which, in many ways, arn't actually very good- His "French" comes across as Ben Elton talking in a daft voice. But thats not a problem- in my opinion "accent shows" and people who "do voices" (eg Culshaw, McGowan, Rory Bremner etc) arn't as funny, even if they are more accurate.
Some of the punchline delivery could have been better- he rushes some punchlines, and others seem a bit flat. He also finshes the show with a political/social conculsion, but that seems very abrupt, and a little forced. Also his sketch about his children is a little long, and simply stops being funny after a while. I guess people with families might appreciate it more.
All in all, great fun, entertaining stuff, with some funny and relevant political and social points. In places it is just a touch drawn out and perhaps lacking the sharpness of his earlier stuff.