Looking for a reasonably priced gift that will be appreciated again and again. Everyone loves a good stand up comedian but some are so much better than others. Sometimes it is a joy to go back to old favourites like Billy Connolly in his prime, sometimes you need someone more contemporary such as Russell Howard. We have pulled together a collection of the best for you to compare prices.
For his first video Live at the Top of the Tower, Bolton comedian, actor and Channel 4 star Peter Kay returns to his roots--both as a stand up and by performing live in Blackpool, his childhood haunt. Bolstered by the acclaim heaped on his two television series (That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights), Kay is very much at the top of his game. Odd then that his live routine suffers from something of a false start, relying on characters from and references to his TV show and an awkward batch of jokes. Once settled though, Kay happily emerges as one of the funniest men in the country. His humour is fairly traditional in its sources but succeeds by its very universality. Much is made both of his family life and growing up in the 1980s, the reasons why he makes such a great guest on the rash of television shows dissecting the decade. His style will be very familiar to fans of Phoenix Nights (his words on the Northern club circuit: "tomorrow's acts at yesterday's prices, today"--are straight from his Brian Potter character) and his acting and writing have obviously been hugely influenced by his life as a stand up. He emerges from the video as a great visual comic, a brilliant mimic and an inspired observationalist--his piece on the perils of Teletext is one of the highlights. Those who have taken to the likes of Mark Park, Cheryl Avenue, Jerry Sinclair and Kay's countless other creations should not hesitate when it comes to Live at the Top of the Tower, nor should anyone else with a sense of humour. --Phil Udell
Over half a million people packed into over 200 venues throughout the country during 1997 to see her best show ever. This tour included an unprecedented fifteen night sell-out run at the Royal Albert Hall which the media hailed as the best stand-up show of the decade. With her cheek charm and dazzling wordplay she reduced her audience to a state of delirium. Recorded during her record-breaking tour Victoria Wood - Live is your opportunity to see the queen of humour at her most brilliant.
Peter Kay is back with this DVD featuring his final performance at the Manchester Arena to a 9 000 sell out crowd on the 'Mum Wants A Bungalow Tour'. Also included on the DVD is a previously unseen and exclusive 47-minute documentary - 'One Hundred And Eighty - The Tour Documentary' a hilarious fly on the wall look at life backstage for Peter Kay as he travels around the UK on his jam-packed stand-up tour. Furthermore the DVD incorporates the chart topping video and the biggest se
Just a quick taxi ride from his mum's house, Peter Kay comes home to play Live at the Bolton Albert Halls. A packed and appreciative audience--sprinkled with Corrie stars for added glamour--relish the prodigal son's return. As his first stand-up show, Live at the Top of the Tower, demonstrated, Kay is a master of the mundane, finding hilarity in the previously unnoticed details of family life: here, Gran in her warden-protected flat, the funny way that dads run, and going to the supermarket with Mum are all mined for comic riches. Kay is an inspired mimic and observer of social interactions: in a tour-de-force segment he takes us to a typical wedding reception where we meet incoherent DJs, bitchy female friends of the bride, uncles embarrassing themselves on the dancefloor and little boys sliding on their knees. References to "the big light", Mum's preferred "Rola Cola" and garlic bread are thematic strands from his earlier show, developed here in Dad's horrified discovery of "cheese cake". Although Kay's observations play on his northern upbringing he generally avoids stereotypical north-south jokes; but here on home turf he can't resist mentioning the vexed issue of southern fish-and-chip shops with their lack of mushy peas, curry sauce and gravy ("have you got owt moist?"), and can even risk a little dig at Mancunians--which always goes down well with a Bolton crowd. Genial, nostalgic and unapologetically rooted in a Coronation Street worldview, Kay's comedy is both specific to time and place, and universal in its celebration of the everyday. --Mark Walker
Sarah Millican returns with her biggest tour yet, Outsider. In the past when you put Sarah Millican outside, she asked things like: Why? Where is the taxi? Do I need a cardie?' and said things like: There'll be wasps. I've nothing to sit on. Is that poo? Can we go home?' But things have changed. Now she has outside slippers. She can tell a chaffinch from a tit (hey). But she still can't tell if it's an owl or her husband's asthma. Sarah Millican is venturing outside. Bring a cardie.
As you might have guessed already, Billy Connolly Live 2002 presents highlights from the Big Yin's 2002 stage tour. The programme is divided in two, the first part offering an hour from his Dublin show, the second delivering 45 minutes of highlights from eight other performances. Now 60, age has not withered Connolly--even if, as he is fond of reminding us, his pubic hair has turned grey--and his restless energy, enthusiasm, casual obscenity, and anger is as intense as ever. He is also, of course, still very, very funny. Whether talking about the horrors of a prostrate examination or reminiscing about a prank played by fellow ex-Humblebum Gerry Rafferty, Connolly has the Dublin audience in hysterics. Killarney is treated to an explanation of why he hates beaches and Newcastle gets a wonderful demonstration of how his wife suffers from his sleep apnoea. In London, Billy delivers a spot-on lecture on the difficulty of buying an airline ticket, while Manchester discovers "Hungry Bum Syndrome", and Bournemouth gets a hilarious tale involving vegemite and bed sheets. Finally Connolly's Sheffield account of filming a sex scene for the movie The Big Man (1990) is just priceless. Crude, rude and not for the remotely easily offended, this is Connolly the stand-up comedian on top form. --Gary S Dalkin
Remarkably for someone who doesn't claim to be either an actor or a professional stand-up comic, Ricky Gervais has now triumphed in both fields. Animals Live is his one-man show at London's Bloomsbury Theatre during which the star of The Office ("That's two BAFTA Awards") presents a "lecture" on the animal kingdom in a shameless bid to inherit David Attenborough's mantle, since the old boy is getting on a bit and can't last forever. The subject is loose and broad enough to allow for plenty of digressions and amiable ramblings about sex, childhood, war and, of course, more sex. There's something of Eddie Izzard's style in Gervais's approach, especially noticeable when he dissects the Biblical Genesis story for its absurdities; and he has also learned lessons from the father of his Office co-star Lucy Davis, Jasper Carrott. In the best segment, and one that's pure Carrott Confidential, Gervais reads out genuine animal "facts" from a website and comments gleefully upon them. Although his range is limited--he's neither an impressionist nor a mimic--Gervais gets by on a mixture of easygoing charm and bare-faced cheek, which in a short show of about an hour is all he needs to keep everyone laughing. --Mark Walker
Sean's stand-up is a blend of a finely tuned hyperactive imagination, surreal imagery and insightful observations on the human condition .. and Keep It Light is about Sean keeping the tone light and funny, as he talks about: the price of cinema food, accusations of him having a mid-life crisis, his behaviour on the internet and jewellery heists. He just lets the brilliance of his material dominate the room The Guardian Lock at his best is gloriously intelligent, deliciously unlikely and hilariously funny The Times
A compendium of the legendary Scottish stand-ups finest live moments, Billy Connollys Greatest Hits takes us on an odyssey of ridiculous facial hair and fart gags that spans almost 25 years. We start in 1975 with the Big Yin sporting his famous outsize banana boots and follow our man as he matures from an endearing gag merchant into a skilful observational master. Connollys appeal has always been that of the engaging bloke down the pub: you dont so much laugh along with the material as get caught up in the hysteria as tangents follow tangents and the plot is lost in a fit of giggles. Almost uniquely in the dark days of the mid 70s, Connolly always had a sense of decorum in his stage act, even when his material was predominantly about swearing, shagging and "jobbies". He was never hateful or motivated by prejudice, preferring instead to cast a bemused childs eye upon the stupidity of the world. The highlights are gentle if occasionally crude: Billys guide to "more fulfilling masturbation", thoughts on plastic surgery and the evil of Toblerone. Billy even muses about ageing which is interesting as this video proves hes been a gloriously overgrown teenager all along. --Ian Watson
Finally the wait is over. Billy Connolly the King of Comedy returns in his first brand new stand up DVD for three years. As funny topical and downright brilliant as ever Billy Connolly: Live In London 2010 is the master at his best. From raging about Britain's political elite to reporting about the oddities of America Live In London 2010 takes the audience on a hilarious series of anecdotes digressions and yarns. Filmed this year during 20 sell out nights at London's Hammersmith Apollo this is the show that caused a ticket website to crash from the demand when it first went on sale. Clearly Billy Connolly is still the nation's favourite and now you can enjoy for yourself over two hours of this unmissable show. Whether you've been a fan since the beginning or you want to see the very best of British comedy right now you won't be disappointed.
Includes Sean Lock Live, Lockipedia Live and Purple Van Man.
The legend returns in his High Horse Tour'! Connolly's one of the all time greats of stand-up. Without him, modern comedy would look very different indeed. Even at the age of 72, the legendary Scot has a wild, manic energy, and is still as sharp as ever.
Collection of four live stage performances by British comedian Michael McIntyre. In 'Live and Laughing', Michael is shown on stage during his 2008 UK tour, 'Hello Wembley' sees him perform at Wembley Arena in October 2009, 'Showtime' includes footage from his sell-out arena tour of 2012 and 'Happy and Glorious' captures his performance at the O2 Arena in London as part of his 2015 tour.
Peter Kay Live At The Top Of The Tower'Too Much effing' Deidre Kay (Peter's Mum)Live At The Top Of The Tower is Peter Kay's first classic stand-up show. Filmed in Blackpool this show is stuffed full of classic routines. He asks the questions we've all often wondered about - Why do Mum's buy crap pop? Is teletext the best way to book a holiday? He also casts his eye over Mum's & Dad's Brits abroad and even the contestants on Stars In Their Eyes. Filmed in front of a packed crowd Top of the Tower is the original hilarious stand-up show from the funniest man to come out of Bolton.Peter Kay Live At The Bolton Albert Halls'Bunk beds for sale...ring after 6pm ask for Pat' Bolton Independent LeaderPeter Kay's 'Mum Wants a Bungalow Tour' was a phenomenal success sweeping across the country and seen by over 300 000 people. The 180 night record-breaking run in arenas and theatres lasted an epic 9 months and still left people desperate for more.
This first solo series from the razor-sharp Glaswegian comic blends acerbic stand-up with hilarious sketches crafted in the darkest recesses of the human psyche...
Billy Connolly captured live on stage at the Albert Hall in 1989 offering his own unusual views of (among others) Thatcher and Reagan linoleum and the Khyber Pass...
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ALL THREE OF LEE MACK'S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED STAND-UP DVDS ARE AVAILABLE IN ONE PLACE! Join the BAFTA-winning star of NOT GOING OUT and WOULD I LIE TO YOU? In three smash hit shows, LEE MACK LIVE, LEE MACK GOING OUT and LEE MACK: HIT THE ROAD MACK. Recorded during three sold out tours, this is a chance to see one of Britain's finest stand-ups at the very top of his game.
After becoming the best-selling female comedian of all time with her debut stand-up DVD, Sarah Millican is back with 'Thoroughly Modern Millican Live'.Sarah's had a phenomenal twelve months. She was crowned the Queen of Comedy (People's Choice) at the 2011 British Comedy Awards, launched her own series on BBC2 and her second national tour, 'Thoroughly Modern Millican', was a complete sell-out with extra dates added due to the phenomenal demand. 'Thoroughly Modern Millican Live' is Sarah's brand new live DVD. Ever wondered how to make a home-made treadmill? Or the practicalities of an orgy. Wonder no more. If your glass is half full, she'll top it up.Packed with exclusive extras.
John Bishop's back! After taking time out to write his autobiography, John limbered up again for his third sell-out national Arena tour, ending with a special one-off show at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall. This latest comedy caper by the immensely talented John Bishop was described as the funniest two hours you'll have anywhere, anytime soon by The Daily Mirror. So grab your copy, sit back and prepare for maximum comedy! Extras: A JOKE TOO FAR OUTTAKES FAN TWITTER Q & A
Four Eddie Izzard DVD features in one box set