Friday, 19 November 2010

Make It A Comedy Christmas

There’s no better way to bring the family together over the festive season than with a good dose of belly laughter, and with this handy round-up of the best stand-up comedy titles due for release in the coming weeks, you’re guaranteed to find something to fill everyone’s stocking.

Bill Bailey’s Dandelion Mind
Released: November 22
The irrepressible Bill Bailey is back with his brand new DVD, which follows him being trapped by the ash cloud, hilarious rants on everything from celebrity to creationism, all brought to life by his trademark musical interludes. He sings an internet love song, a lament about punk heroes, Iranian hip-hop and plays a mean folk-bouzouki – is there nothing this grizzly bear can’t do?
Recommended for: anyone who enjoys laughing, ranting and rock and roll…


Simon Amstell’s Do Nothing – Live!
Released: November 22
Following his successful six part BBC sitcom ‘Grandma’s House’, Simon Amstell’s razor sharp wit is back in his debut stand-up DVD, Do Nothing Live. The show reveals an awkward, honest and hilariously candid side to this rising star of comedy, plus the bonus features include a rare interview with Simon by fellow comedian Tim Key…
Recommended for: cool young things, philosophical musers and those that like a bit of thought to go with their laughter


Kevin Bridges – The Story So Far…Live In Glasgow
Released: November 22
At just 24 years old this guy is already becoming a star of the “pee in your pants” comedy scene and you’re simply going to love his unique brand of social commentary, astute observations and sharp one-liners. You’ll know him from BBC One’s ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ because Bridges has had an extraordinary 12 months, but now it’s time to get better acquainted with the man himself.
Recommended for: wanting to be first on the scene with perhaps comedies hottest talent


Sean Lock’s Lockipedia
Released: November 22
Not content with being team captain of Channel 4’s ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ and one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed and original comedians, Sean also wanted to show off his encyclopaedic knowledge of ‘stuff’, so he took his giant Lockipedia brain on a tour of the UK. The result is this laugh-a-minute DVD, which was filmed at the height of Sean’s 100-date, total sell-out 2010 tour.
Recommended for: the perfect treat for a mate who wants to expand their mind with stuff that they never needed to know


Aim Low: The Best Of Dylan Moran
Released: November 29
This grumpy chap has been delighting audiences for years with his razor-sharp wit, cantankerous Irish charm and grumblings about life, religion, children and getting old, so if Christmas starts to feel a little too cheery and sickly sweet, you can just stick on this compilation of all the brilliant highlights from his previous three acclaimed DVDs and have a good old grumble. Simples…
Recommended for: the grumpy old man of the manor



Michael McIntyre’s ‘The Stand Up Collection’
Released: November 15
With two record-breaking DVDs under his belt, from two incredible sell-out tours, Michael McIntyre’s brand of hilarious, astute (and mostly clean) stand-up is essential viewing this Christmas, so it’s nice and handy that they’ve been combined in a boxset with bonus ‘Comedy Roadshow’ material.
Recommended for: Dads with a man drawer, brothers who pee in the sea, pregnant wives (trust us, you’ll soon understand…)


Ross Noble’s Things
Released: November 29
The improviser extraordinaire has kept it nice and general with his new DVD, choosing to discuss the topic of things - big things, little things and entirely irrelevant things, it’s all here. So if you’re a fan of things you’ll probably enjoy this extraordinarily talented comedian at his brilliant best and remember a Ross Noble live show is like no other, so don’t miss your chance to find out why.
Recommended for: err, people who like all kinds of things?



The Mighty Boosh On Tour – Journey Of The Childmen
Released: November 15
Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the Boosh boys as this on the road documentary takes you deep into the weird and wonderful world of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, with a backstage pass to their huge 2009 Future Sailors tour. Be warned though – spending an hour and a half with these guys may well mess with your mind…
Recommended for: the kooky quirky person in your life


Dara O Briain: This Is The Show
Released: November 22
On his way to TV domination as the host of ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘The Apprentice You’re Fired!’, Dara O Briain found time to take his special brand of stand-up on a sell-out tour of the UK this year. This is your chance to see this brilliant comedic thinker sharing hilarious anecdotes and topical story-telling, but hopefully not spilling the beans on who is Lord Sugar’s new recruit…
Recommended for: this is a master at the top of his game – anyone who loves comedy!


Thanks to our friends over at grapevine for supplying the majority of the above post. I will be adding my thoughts about some of the DVDs over the next couple of days.

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