My DVD & Blu-Ray Collection Part 8 – Live Comedy


I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this post and video is part 8, looking at some of the live comedy DVDs that I have. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂

  • Adam Hills – Happyism Live. I love The Last Leg, it’s one of my favourite shows on the TV. They did a great job doing the Paralympics, and it’s great to see it on every week as well, covering all the latest topical issues. It’s very, very funny, and Adam’s solo stand-up show is also brilliant.
  • Al Murray, The Pub Landlord. He did have a chat show on TV as well that I’ve got a Best Of DVD of. But his stand-up is what he’s best known for, and what he is best at. And they’re all very funny DVDs. They’ve also got some recreations of old Edinburgh Fringe shows as well, so they’re interesting to look at too.
  • Alan Davies – Life Is Pain. I know him from QI of course. I’ve only got the one DVD of his, but he is very funny.
  • Andy Parsons. I know him from Mock The Week, the topical panel show on TV. And he’s very funny. He covers a lot of political things, but he does other more normal things as well. So he’s very enjoyable to watch. And there a few DVDs of his that I’ve got here.
  • Bottom Live. There are 5 stage shows that came out of the TV programme. I’ve got all of them, and they’re absolutely hilarious. I love the TV show Bottom, I love Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, and these live shows are very well done. I never got to see them in person live, sadly, so it was great to get these shows on DVD. I think the earliest ones are the best ones, but again they’re all funny, it doesn’t really matter which one you watch, you’re guaranteed to get a laugh – if you’re not offended by adult humour of course. These are rated 18 with good reason! It’s a great shame that Rik Mayall has passed away, because he really was a genius, there’s no doubt about it. He was definitely a one-off, and will always be greatly missed.
  • Bottom – Guest House Paradiso. Not a live show, but a late spin-off film instead, o I’ve included it here as I’ve kept the disc with the live shows. It isn’t great, but it’s alright. Their live shows and the TV show are better though.
  • Brian Conley – Alive And Extra Dangerous. This is only DVD I’ve got of his, but it’s got all his classic characters, like Larry The Lopher and Septic Peg and all the rest of it. He’s very funny.
  • Chris Addison Live. I have only one DVD of his, but it’s very good. He’s been on Mock The Week and one or two other things. He even starred in Doctor Who not so long ago.
  • Comic Aid. This was a charity gig to raise money for the Asian Tsunami Appeal. That was very good, very worthwhile, with a good selection of comedians.
  • Channel 4’s Comedy Gala. This has become an annual event, where they raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, by getting lots of the nation’s top comedians together to do short sets. And it’s very good. They’re very long shows, and they’re raising money for a very important cause. So it’s great that Channel 4 are putting on this event year after year. If you don’t like one particular comedian, chances are you’ll like the next one, so it’s a great selection.
  • Dara Ó Briain. The host of Mock The Week and various other shows, and one of my favourite comedians, because his stand-up shows are great. And he often does commentaries on them – not for the entire show, but rather a selective commentary on certain parts of the show with one of his celebrity friends, like Ed Byrne or Lee Mack or someone like that. So they’re always entertaining extras to look at. It’s like a commentary and a drinking game if you like, although there isn’t any real game involved, they’re just talking and drinking. Fun extras on great DVDs in any case.
  • Derren Brown – Live Collection. There are 3 shows in one box set – Something Wicked This Way Comes, An Evening Of Wonders, and Enigma. And then I’ve got a couple of other live DVDs separately too. His live shows are very good, and I would love to go and see him in person one day. It’s just really clever what he does, and a lot of fun to watch. He doesn’t just amaze you with illusions, he has a lot of great comedy in there as well, so he never takes things too seriously.
  • Ed Byrne. Again I know him from Mock The Week, as he appears on that sometimes, and he is a good mate of Dara O’Briain’s. And he’s a very funny Irish comedian like Dara. So I’ve got a few DVDs of his..
  • The Fast Show Live. These are 2 DVD spin-offs from the TV show. And they’re very cleverly done, considering the number of characters and costumes and sets they have to get through live on stage. And they’re very funny. If you like the TV show, you’ll like the live shows as well.
  • Greg Davies, I’ve got a couple of stand-up DVDs of his. He’s a bit like a kind of modern day Rik Mayall in a way, in terms of how he looks and performs. And indeed Rik Mayall was in his sitcom Man Down. They did work very well together, and Greg is a very funny comedian, I like him a lot. His Taskmaster show on Dave is brilliant as well.
  • Harry Hill, I’ve got a few DVDs of his. His shows are in his typical mad, slapstick, silly style. They don’t make a lot of sense, it’s just complete nonsense. But that’s what makes him fun and unique, and it’s very funny.
  • Jack Dee. I’ve got quite a few DVDs of his that I’ve collected over the years, and they’re all great. I’ve always enjoyed his comedy. At the moment he hosts I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue on Radio 4, and they have new series of that 2 or 3 times a year. He replaced Humphrey Lyttleton as the host and he does a great job. It suits his style perfectly. But anyway, I do love his stand-up comedy. He’s always very good at doing very accurate observations and things that you can relate to from real life. I think everyone in the UK knows him from one place or another, he’s very well known.
  • Jack Whitehall. I’ve got a couple of DVDs of his, he’s very funny. I haven’t seen his sitcoms on the telly, they haven’t really appealed to me. But his stand-up I do like.
  • Jason Manford. I’ve got a few DVDs of his. What I like about him is the way he engages with his fans on social media as well. He’s always posting on Facebook about his radio show and the stuff he’s doing for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, because he stars on the stage in the musical as well. So he’s very versatile, and very funny.
  • Jim Davidson. I’ve got his pantomimes and a fair number of his stand-up DVDs. I know this choice in particular might be controversial to some, as I know various people, including disabled people, have felt offended by him for one reason or another. And that’s absolutely fine – there are reasons for that and those people are perfectly entitled to their opinions. But to put my liking of him in some context, I grew up with him on things like Big Break and The Generation Game, when he was popular on the TV. My friends and I all grew up with him on those shows, and then really got into his stand-up as well. I’m not defending things he’s alleged to have done in the past or his political views or anything like that, because I don’t agree with everything he thinks. Nor do I know if everything alleged about him is even true. But I do find much his comedy funny. Not all of it – I think his earlier DVDs are better, as I think some of the later ones have been a little bit too repetitive of his earlier material, and have got a little bit too political in places. But generally I like him. I find him funny and good entertainment. And I like the fact that he does shows for the troops as well. Comedy is escapism at the end of the day, a chance to get away from the seriousness of life, and like any comedian he’s good at doing that.
  • Jimmy Carr. I’m a big fan of his. I love what he does on the TV, like 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Big Fat Quiz and things like that. But his stand-up in particular is very good. He’s very clever, does great one-liners and great little stories, and he interacts well with the audience. And, best of all, he’s the only comedian I’ve been to see live so far. And it was well worth it. Not only was the performance great, but we got to meet him before the show as well. The theatre staff let me and the blind friend I was with in early, and a couple of other disabled people as well, and we got to chat to him and have a picture with him. I haven’t got the picture, because the friend I was with was actually a friend of a friend, and he never sent me the picture despite promising he would. But Jimmy Carr did sign our programmes and posters afterwards as well, and I have got that. Again, the theatre staff let us jump the queue for the signing, which was generous of them. He was really nice, so it was a really enjoyable night out.

So that’s it for part 8. There’s one more part to do for my live comedy, plenty of other comedians to get through. And then we’ll be on to music. So, as always, I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen so far, and I will see you in part 9 next time!

Author: Glen

Vsually impaired, with Aniridia & Nystagmus. I'm a fan of Doctor Who, classic sitcoms, Queen and 60s-80s rock & pop. I like to blog about my experiences as a disabled person, and about the things I enjoy in general.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s