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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as you would have expected., 11 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: John Bishop Live (2010) [DVD] (DVD)
Having seen John Bishop on TV many times over the past year, I expected his first DVD - recorded in his home city of Liverpool - to be pin-sharp and edgy. But it's more like a big dose of comfortable Michael McKintyre, to be honest. Unlike Kevin Bridges, he goes for the safe route and bases his act around his family, Elvis and Liverpool Football Club. It's like wearing a comfy pair of slippers - cosy but unexciting. And again, unlike Kevin Bridges who focuses on sharp observation around him well beyond just his family - Bishop settles for discussing his teenage sons (no Les Dawson mother in law jokes here!). Family observation is unlikely to be as acidic as political or social commentary. He also seems to be in awe of what he has achieved. That's fine but he does need to get over it and move on. He's a funny man on TV but here he misses the chance to make some really sharp observations - he is in Liverpool for goodness sake but comes across like he is on stage in Grimsby (no offence to Grimsby). Again, compared with comedians more edgy than him, he almost completely fails to get a rapport going with the somewhat subdued audience - and that says a lot. He is talking at them whereas great comedians get the audience to be part of the dialogue, part of the experience. He needs to turn the dial up next time and get stuck in.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2012, 20:24:41 GMT
Housewife63 says:
Get a grip!

Posted on 2 May 2016, 11:40:11 BST
Why would you want mother-in-law jokes? Is it the 1970's still?
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