Greg Kinnear is writer William Borgens, who split up with his wife (Jennifer Connelly) a couple of years ago, but hasn’t let go, including hanging around her house and spying through the windows despite the fact she has a new man. He lives with his two kids, Samantha (Lily Collins), who has never forgiven her mother for leaving and has decided she doesn’t want a relationship and would prefer fleeting encounters, and the younger Rusty (Nat Woolf). [Read more…]
There’s no doubt that Reginald D. Hunter is a funny man. He has a wonderful mix of American openness and British sarcasm, as well as a great ability to cut to the chase with immense wit. That’s certainly on display in In The Midst Of Crackers, where he covers subjects such as racism, the differences between the sexes, the etiquette of sex and the difficulties he’s faced as he’s become better known. [Read more…]
Josh Widdicombe has had quite a lot of success on TV comedy shows, enough that he’s now getting his first live comedy DVD. As with many first discs there are some rough edges, but he still manages to come through and deliver a pretty funny set.
There are signs of nerves, not least the number of times he mentions they’re shooting the DVD, but generally he holds this in and has enough confidence in his material to make it work. However, if you’re gonna enjoy this disc, you better not mind people who like to have a moan, as that’s essentially all he does. There’s a slight sense with Josh that this is a trip back to the early days of observational comedy, when everything was about moaning about the minutiae of life and bringing out the silliness of everyday things we take for granted. [Read more…]
It doesn’t matter how many times I watch a new Jimmy Carr DVD, it still always comes as a surprise at how rude he is – something he seems to take as a personal challenge, as he always appears to be looking for the joke that will offend absolutely everyone. But that’s the thing with Carr, he comes across and so affable and polite that it allows him to get away with jokes that would have most comedians escorted off the stage. It also helps that rather than telling anecdotes he tends to tell a series of discrete jokes, which makes it far more difficult to for anyone to take even the crudest thing he says seriously. [Read more…]
When I’ve seen Micky Flanagan in short bursts on stand-up and panel TV shows, I’ve found him quite amusing, but I’m not 100% about his gig here. It’s not that it’s bad, but I can’t work out if he’s rather overplaying his cheeky chappie Cock-er-nee geezer persona, or if I’m just too hideously middle-class to fully appreciate it. [Read more…]
Ross Noble is a bizarre human being, but in a good way. Most comics have a stand-up set that’s all fully worked out beforehand, and it’ll be pretty much the same every night of their tour, with perhaps a bit of spontaneous audience interaction. However with Ross you get the impression he has about five minutes of prepared comedy and the rest is made up on the spot. That’s been shown on many of his DVD releases, as they’ve included several gigs from the same tour, with virtually none of it being the same material. [Read more…]
Much of the audience approaching this know of Alan Davies through his regular appearances on QI, in which he consistently outshines many touring comedians with his lovable quirkiness and child-like charm. Others might remember him solving creepy mysteries in Jonathan Creek. Few people know him for his stand-up comedy – partly as he hasn’t done any for quite a few years – but now he’s back to his roots with his new show, Life is Pain. [Read more…]