Jimmy Carr Live Collection

Jimmy Carr Live Collection


Reviewed by: Keith Dudhnath

I laughed. Anything else in a review of a stand up comedy DVD seems unnecessary, but let's give overkill a go.

Jimmy Carr Live Collection packages the previous hit DVDs Live and Stand Up in a new box. Carr's stand up comedy is a tight collection of snappy one-liners, such as "If we're all God's children, what's so special about Jesus?" These are interspersed with a few longer anecdotes, and twists such as comic newspaper adverts and T-shirts. And I laughed at all of them.

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His comedy won't be to everyone's tastes. If taken at face value, many of the jokes are deeply offensive. However, there is never even the hint of a suggestion that any offence is meant. There is something almost egalitarian in that everyone is a target of wordplay, jokes, comedy. This isn't the small-minded offensiveness of the likes of Bernard Manning or Jim Davidson, it's similar to the shock stemming from Ricky Gervais' stand up comedy. Post-modern, if you will. It doesn't always rely on rude words and shock value, but there's a good smattering in there. And I laughed at it.

Despite being a Perrier-nominated stand up comedian, Jimmy Carr is probably best known for presenting game shows Your Face Or Mine, Distraction, and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. His work on a number of Top 100 clip shows has led a lot of people to unfairly judge him. Those who aren't familiar with his stand up comedy should give him a chance, as they will laugh.

It's a shameless cash in, just repackaging already released DVDs. There's nothing new for people who have already bought them. Despite that disappointment, it's still two and a half hours of hilarious comedy.

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2006
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Double-dose of the Perrier-nominated stand up comedian.
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Director: Dominic Brigstock

Writer: Jimmy Carr

Starring: Jimmy Carr

Year: 2005

Runtime: 155 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: UK


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