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I was lucky enough to go and see Frankie Boyle at the NEC in Birmingham the year before last. Sadly, I took my sister and my partner has not had the joy of seeing a live Frankie Boyle show. Seeing as my partner quite likes Frankie's humour I decided to buy this DVD for his birthday.
Frankie Boyle is A Scottish comedian and writer who you may or may not have seen on TV shows such as Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You. He is known for his dark, pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour.
My partner has in the past likened Frankie Boyle to Marmite; you either love him or hate him.
Release date: Nov 2008
Number of disks: 1
Run time: 3 hours
Shot at: The Hackney Empire, London
This DVD can be found for sale on Amazon for £10 with free super saver delivery or £3.28 with £1.26 postage is a cheaper alternative from an Amazon trader. Asda currently sell it for around £8.
Littlewoods no longer stock it but I had bought it from there for £12.99 using some rewards I had.
This DVD is fairly easy to find even though it's been around for a good few years now. The price does vary a bit from place to place, Amazon is the cheapest I've seen and that is a good price for this DVD that I am happy to pay, over £10 in some places is a bit much though.
The DVD comes in a standard DVD case.
On the back of the case is the typical blurb encouraging you to buy the DVD, the DVD information, a bar code and some screen shots taken from the DVD.
On the front of the case are the words Frankie Boyle in bold black writing and then live written in a thin, pink font. There is a quote from The Independent which reads "Stiletto-sharp regular on Mock The Week...even more electric live". There is a picture of Frankie taken from an "emo" angle (taken from slightly above and to the front, so his head and shoulders are larger than his legs and feet). In the picture he is wearing a bright pink suit and peeking over the top of his black framed glasses. The background for the case is white.
The DVD came with the usual cellophane packaging around the case.
The packaging is quite eye catching due to the pink suit and bold black writing on a white background. I like it as it is simple yet effective.
Watching Frankie Boyle Live
When watching the DVD the first thing I noticed was that Frankie wears a grey pin stripe suit rather than the stunning pink number from the front of the case. Personally, I would have rather seen him in pink but the grey probably fits his dark humour better.
Although this DVD is not the same show I saw live I did recognise a few lines from the show I saw. I also had heard a few of the jokes before on various TV shows that Frankie Boyle had appeared on. Whilst it would have been nicer to hear all new material, this DVD has been out since 2008 and so I did expect for it to not all be new to my ears.
There is plenty going on in this live set, Frankie speaks to the audience (well rather, picks on them), addresses recent news topics (ID cards and asbo's stick in my head the most, though this is old news now) and show cases his usual cynical humour. Many of the jokes have a bit of shock value and some people may find them offensive but I love the way he mocks things that other people wouldn't dare to.
There are some extras on this DVD, they're not too bad but I didn't really rate them too highly especially compared to the main DVD.
There is a 23 minute tour film which is entertaining to watch but badly shot. Then there is Rush Hour Sketches which is 8 minutes taken from a BBC3 series which Frankie had a part in. Lastly there is Drug Experiment where Frankie and some other comedians get together on herbal highs and have a discussion.
Overall I enjoyed this DVD (as did my partner) and was happy with the price I paid. I would have loved to give this 5 stars but I feel that as some of the jokes used will already have been on TV and Frankie Boyle is not everyone's cup of tea then 4 stars if more appropriate.
Frankie Boyle is now my least favourite comedian. Largely due to the vulgar, crude and downright offensive material displayed in this DVD. I had seen him on some tv shows and thought that he was very quick and witty and I found him very funny. However, when watching his DVD I felt that his humour had gone to such a level of vulgarity to a point that it was just not funny.
In this DVD which was filmed at the Hackney Empire in London it shows the complete stand up routine which he did during his live tour in 2008. Frankie is seen on stage throughout the DVD telling his (awful) jokes and having some live interaction with the audience. Apart from me being utterly offended by his material I will give him credit for being extremely quick witted and was able to come up with some funny material as he conversed with the live audience. Although I don't see how the audience would not be offended with some of the things he said to them.
He has always been incredibly politically incorrect and makes fun of all sorts of bad situations but I felt the content that he was making fun of in this DVD was just unacceptable. The final straw for me was when he started saying the most awful things about the late Jade Goody which is a situation very close to my heart. I was just appalled and realised I can't ever support this comedian again by buying a DVD or even watching him on anything.
There are plenty of comedians out there who can make people laugh without saying the horrible comments he comes out with. This DVD will amuse people who are not sensitive to callous jokes and crude humour but anyone who could take the vulgarity to heart best avoid it. I thought I could handle the humour but sometimes it just goes that step too far and you just can't forgive him.
The DVD lasts for 90 minutes and there is about the same time again for the Extras. It does state on the back that the DVD is for over 18's only, at which I'm not surprised! It is available to buy from Amazon for £9.99.
After watching Mock The Week, I loved Frankie Boyles sense of humour as his one liners or jokes were always so funny, however crude they may be. When on this panel show, he always came off as one of the funniest, and this was what made him into a series regular. I'd never seen any of his stand up as I'd missed the episode of Live At The Apollo with him included, so I thought buying his DVD would give me a chance to and it'd be as good as his presence on comedy shows. I can't remember the exact price I paid for it, but it was around £8 in a sale.
I started watching this and became bored within about the first fifteen minutes. The jokes were all repeats of things that had been said on Mock The Week, and after watching countless reruns of them on Dave, I was getting quite tired of hearing them again. Some material he provided was new, and that was relatively funny.
He reacts with the audience throughout as most comedians do, and most of the jokes he made towards them were at either end of the spectrum. They could either be really funny or just really awkward. I looked forward to the moments where he did this, as it was far away from his scripted set which I had heard a million times before.
His style is probably best suited to people that don't get offended easily as things he says throughout can be quite harsh (he has in fact been in the public eye and well known for making offensive jokes). At times it did make for quite awkward listening, as many of the subjects he talks about are just not funny at all and you find yourself just wondering "Who even finds this funny!"
I would say instead of picking up this copy of his stand up tour, you would definitely be better off purchasing a copy of Mock The Week on DVD, as he is at his funniest in this show, and never tries to push the limits too far within this show. The DVD was a bit disappointing, and I wouldn't have bought it if I knew what I know now about it.
Frankie Boyle is a Glaswegian stand-up comedian who, aside from his regular appearances in the comedy club circuit, also regularly appears on TV shows such as Mock the Week and, more recently, his sketch show Tramadol Nights. He is known for his crude comments and bad language but for being histerically funny with it.
Firstly, this dvd is certainly not for young ears and is not suitable for people who are easily offended, prudish or part of the politically correct brigade. Frankie doesn't hold back and is at times shockingly offensive but he can somehow get away with it because of his cheeky charm. His delivery of lines are fantastic and he involves the audience too - granted those in the front row are bound to take a torrent of abuse from him but it is hilarious and is all just banter.
I can easily say this is one of the best stand up dvd's I've seen and it's one of those ones you will rewatch and still find it funny. He does get a lot of bad press from do-gooders who feel that his comments are too offensive but they should remember that it is all in jest and is not ment in a malicious way. It's things that shouldn't be funny but you cant help but laugh at because of the sheer outrageousness of it all. Take it as it's ment to be taken - as tongue in cheek - and this is guaranteed to make you laugh.
Frankie Boyle is a stand up comedian, and in 2008 he released a DVD titled Frankie Boyle Live. This DVD is rated an 18 due to bad language and sexual humor, and you can buy it on Amazon for £7 at the moment, which is a bargain for a great DVD such as this one.
I had not really heard much of Frankie Boyle, except for the occasional joke on Mock the Week, but I was bought this DVD as a gift, so thought I would give it a try, and I am glad I did. It is a brilliant DVD, that had me in stitches pretty much the whole way through. The jokes are brilliant, witty and down right awesome. My favorite one involves sprouts and Batman! Plenty of unique content to be heard, with some fabulous one liners too.
The DVD really does show the comedic genius of Frankie Boyle, and if you have not seen him live before, I recommend you buy this DVD as it really is brilliant, although if you are easily offended or do not like bag language, this probably is not the best comedian for you to be watching.
There is not really much else I can say about this DVD other than it really is funny, and it will not disappoint anyone, of this I am sure. A great DVD full of laughs and some interesting points too! Recommended 100%
After finding Frankie Boyle hilariously funny on panellist programmes such as Mock The Week and 8 out of 10 cats, I thought his stand up DVD Frankie Boyle Live would be right up my street. I was wrong, quite simply. I found his usual level of shock humour displayed on comedy panellist programmes was taken to a whole other, sinister level on his DVD. I can see how some people could find it funny, but for me his dark sense of humour was just too dark. I also found the routine on the DVD very topical, so it may not be relevant in a few months, whereas other comedians' stand up DVDs are more long lasting. In fairness, there were some funny moments, but I expect a laugh a minute from a stand up. I would not recommend this DVD to people who are easily offended. I wouldn't pay good money for it and think that the controlled Frankie Boyle on television is a lot more funny than in stand up. It will depend on your personal preference, but keep in mind that the Frankie Boyle on television isn't the Frankie Boyle in stand up. Also, I wouldn't recommend buying it as a gift for someone unless you're sure of their sense of humour.
Mock The Week is one of my favourite shows, but unfortunately, it never has a very long run so I like to fill the time between with the stand up DVDs of the panelists. Frankie Boyle is absolutely one of my faves, he is totally sick in the head but he always has the best one liners and gags.
So I was gutted after watching his first DVD release. It was like watching several episodes combined together and formed into a stage show with a few extra bits added in here and there.
Most of the jokes I had heard before and the only time it brightened up was when Frankie was interacting with the crowd, which to be fair, he did a lot of and some of the banter was top class A-grade funny, but if you are going to buy the DVD because you are a Frankie fan, don't spend a lot of money on it because you may find yourself a little bit disappointed.
Nevertheless, I am still a fan and look forward to anyting else we get form this man.
Some things in life are better in small doses and this is certainly true of Frankie Boyle if this Live DVD is anything to go by. Don't get me wrong, my previous experiences of his razor sharp wit on such televisual delights as 8 Out Of 10 Cats & Mock The Week had made me laugh to such an extent that I believed I saw a bright light and could hear the voices of dead relatives calling out to me. Much of this same near death experience inducing comedy is included in this DVD and there lies the problem. It's just not that funny when you hear it again. Also the sections where Frankie turns his attention to the audience is in my opinion, uncomfortable viewing. I guess in my mind "Celebrities" are fair game but when someone who has probably paid £20 to come and see you do your job is punished for the privilege... well that doesn't always knock my funny bone.
That aside, he has a strong stage presence and be warned, he does like to use what my Granny used to describe as "industrial language". I can handle the swearing as it is part of his character and feels natural and although his humour is at times dark and disturbing, it is well observed and genuinely funny. I would actually recommend this to anyone who likes their comedy near the knuckle and it would probably help if they had never seen Frankie on the telly, so at least the material would appear fresh!
Being a huge fan of Frankie Boyle on Mock the Week and when he appears on shows such as 8 out of 10 Cats, I thought his DVD was worth a watch and asked for it for Christmas. On Mock the Week Frankie always comes across as the funniest, although the most crude. His jokes are funny and to the point, but almost always offensive to someone. However, the fact that he doesn't care about what people think makes him even funnier sometimes, and he appears as a well loved favourite to Mock the Week fans.
As I settled down to watch it, I found myself getting bored quite quickly. As much as I love comediennes, the jokes which Frankie were telling were things which I had heard before. Being Scottish, many of Frankie's jokes seem to incorporate this into them, as well as celebrities and the world in general. Almost everything featured in the DVD can be heard elsewhere on shows like Mock the Week. Although a joke is a joke, and I can quite happily watch re-runs of Mock the Week from time-to-time when they're on other channels, I was disappointed that there was nothing new coming through.
Frankie spends a lot of time interacting with the audience. Although this is a good thing, as it technically shows he can work on command, the things which he says to the audience are somewhat unnecessary and it feels as though instead of talking to them, he is just trying to ridicule and embarrass them in front of the rest of the crowd. However, this section was also a fresh look at Frankie Boyle, and it was nice to see something which seemed less scripted, and was less familiar.
Despite the fact I had heard many of the jokes before, Frankie Boyle is still a very funny man as long as you are not easily offended by...well, anything really! Strangely, this DVD is probably better suited if you haven't seen that much of his material before, because if you are a fan like me, and have seen most of the episodes of Mock the Week, you may find yourself disappointed with the repetitive jokes.
The jokes don't link on to each other either. Although one-liners are funny, the way in which Frankie delivers them makes them tedious sometimes, as there is no story to anything, just an endless list of jokes, making it sometimes difficult to follow.
Although I don't really have an issue with offensive jokes in general, sometimes Frankie goes too far. He is well known for this, but sometimes jokes about things such as Down's syndrome and rape can be difficult to listen to.
Overall, I was thoroughly disappointed with this DVD. I am also slightly frustrated, as I have tickets to see him in June and assume that this live show will be similar, in being a mixture of old jokes. Frankie Boyle seems to have a better place in television than as a stand-up, making me think that maybe it is a good thing that his final tour is the one he is doing this year. If you want a good stand up DVD, this probably isn't for you, especially if you're an avid watched of Mock the Week. For 'funny Frankie' you're probably better off with one of the Mock the Week DVD's instead.
Frankie Boyle is my favourite comedian of the moment; I saw this stand-up DVD without having seen Mock the Week or having ever heard of or seen Boyle, so his cutting, insane jokes that have NO IDEA where the line is, were pleasantly surprising, and I must confess that this is probably my favourite stand-up DVD ever.
I've read a lot of complaints that Boyle simply recycles Mock the Week jokes, but I think a lot of people are failing to realise that this was actually filmed around April 2008, but wasn't released on DVD until after the subsequent Mock the Week series took place, so in fact it was Mock the Week that Boyle recycled his gags on (as I can't imagine a live audience that've paid £50-60 a ticket standing for that anyway!). Nevertheless, it is a problem that if you've seen MTW, you have seen a lot of the jokes on here.
However, from the delivery, to his interactions with the audience, this really is comic brilliance; it is sure not to be to everyone's tastes, because it's extremely crude and will attack ANYTHING. Generally those who like Michael McIntire are probably not going to find this too funny, because it's too cutting and nothing is out of bounds.
His take no prisoners attitude, though, provides some great laughs on subjects like incest, paedophilia, and suicide; again, if that's not your idea of humour, this won't be for you, but these are intelligent jokes undeniably, and to simply pawn him off as a crude comic doesn't do him justice. I just hope that Boyle releases another stand-up soon, because this is the best one that I've seen, by a fair way on the laugh quotient factor.
After seeing comedian Frankie Boyle as one of the panellists on Mock The Week and more recently on Charlie Brooker's new programme You Have Been Watching, I thought I would check out his stand-up DVD simply titled, Frankie Boyle Live.
Boyle is a Scottish comedian probably best known for his dark sense of humour and grumpy persona. I can't say that I had seen that much of him on TV before, although he seems to be on some channel or other every week, with me just flicking over and catching the odd joke or two. What I had seen I liked though and decided to sit down and watch one of his shows, as a bit of Friday night light entertainment.
The humour Frankie Boyle uses can be summed up in one word, offensive. There's no other way to describe it, his jokes are definitely adult orientated and even then it's not for everyone. A lot of his jokes involve current affairs and Scottish culture in general, which is all pretty standard stuff from a stand-up, but his edge comes from touching on more dark topics such as rape, disability and sexual content.
Boyles vocabulary is extremely graphic, swearing throughout, both as insults to the crowd and during his general conversation. Its childish I know but this is quite funny, I don't know what he's like in "real life" but this miserable Scottish personality he puts forward is sure entertaining at first.
The problem I had with the show was it was just too long, coming in at around 90 minutes I found myself losing interest towards the end, as he was trying to build towards a finale. However controversial, his material is funny, you know you shouldn't be laughing but it's just the way he comes out with things.
Even for me though there were several jokes which I had heard before, so I don't know how new the material would be if you where a more hardcore fan of his. I understand that this is just one of those things, a comedian has a set routine with his favourite jokes and anecdotes, but you can't help but feel a little disappointed when you realise you know the punch line.
Frankie Boyle seems to be a comedian who works better in small doses. For 90 minutes his material all seemed a bit to similar and didn't really have much progression, which was a shame. I'm not saying the DVD isn't funny, it really is, and if you like rude and vulgar humour it's worth a watch. It's just I'm sure you would get more laughs if it was cut down by 30 minutes, and made to feel a bit more concise. Worth a watch though if you're not easily offended and need a bit of a giggle.
Available on DVD
'Frankie Boyle Live' is the first DVD release from the controversial comedian who has found fame on the live circuit and most notably on TV shows such as Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 cats. This DVD is a live performance from a show at the Hackney Empire in London.
Boyle employs shock humour, you often find that you laugh at something then stop as you feel you shouldn't be laughing at it but then start again as you can't help yourself. I imagine that if you are easily offended or if you have never seen him before then you could easily be put off quite early into this. As he puts it in finding out a FT journalist is in the audience 'What the F##k are you doing at one of my shows? These are for scum!'. In addition to some close to the bone topics his language may offend some with 'the c word' being used at least a couple of times. In fact there is more swearing in this that I would have liked as I don't think it really adds anything to a joke. As a final warning, few topics are off limits for Boyle. When one person says she works with disabled children he screws up his face and says I am going to have to good to get a laugh here! Thankfully he leaves it at that here but this is very much the exception rather than the rule.
Boyle tends to mix things up, using a variety of observational humour mixed in with audience interaction. Generally there will be a comment of some celebrity or situation before he comments on the appearance or the audience or finds out what people do and then tears it to shreds. This audience interaction comes over very well and indicates a comedian who can think on his feet but the more you see of it (and when you watch the extras) the more obvious it becomes that Boyle must have a bank of comments to use with standard jobs. For example, one customer services worker is told 'you have a job they literally could not find an Indian willing to do'. You can imagine this gets used in most shows.
To be fair to Boyle he targets himself in addition to everyone else. His story about how is his now being recognised but people have no idea where they know him from is quite amusing and its good to see he is happy to poke fun at himself as well.
This is also part of the problem. A lot of the material will be familiar to Mock the Week viewers. I suppose it's only natural that when Boyle comes up with good material he will want to use it more than once, but in these days of everything being recorded it was a little disappointing how often I had heard some of the material before. I guess he will have written the live show first and when some of the topics then come up on Mock the Week he will reuse. However, most people will see Mock the Week in advance of the DVD so you can feel a little cheated. Thankfully he doesn't rely on previous material to the extent that someone like Peter Kay does.
The one thing you can rely on though is Boyle's delivery will amuse you, even if you have heard some of it before. He is a natural performer and had me crying with laughter on a couple of occasions the first time I watched this DVD.
The routine lasts around 1hr 20 minutes which I found to be perfect for a DVD. Perhaps if you attended the event in person it's a little short but for a DVD it was ideal.
The extras on the DVD add a bit to it. The best part of was the clips from other shows on his tour. Here you see more of the occupations he targets and this was a decent addition to the DVD which is seldom the case with extras!
I would recommend this DVD if you like Boyle but with the caveat that you may have heard a few of the jokes before. I would not recommend this unless you have seen Boyle on something else as I think you need to know what you may be getting. This is definitely not one to sit down with the grandparents with.
P.S. Frankie Boyle has just announced a UK tour for 2010 which is selling out pretty quickly, if you do like this DVD.
I have to disagree with most of the reviews on here about this DVD. I thought it was great fun. I have always found Frankie funny on Mock the Week so I was happy to receive this as a gift.
Some of his jokes can be a bit hit and miss but generally it is very funny. I would say that it is not one for the faint hearted because some of the jokes are a bit near to the knuckle (couldn't repeat them on here) and may cause offense but you just have to take them with a pinch of salt. Also, his language may not be appropriate to a lot of people but if you like his brand of humour from mock the week then you know what you are getting so buy this dvd and you won't regret it. I think he provides a very different outlook on things, giving his opinion on a range of controvertial topics! I would recommend this to a friend but perhaps not one to buy for the parents!!
Frankie Boyle is a Scottish stand-up comedian who is probably most famous as a panellist on Mock the Week. Frankie Boyle Live is his first and only DVD to date. Filmed at London's Hackney Empire the show runs to slightly over an hour but there are a few extras(more about them later.)
Boyle's style of observational comedy touches upon many subjects including Scotland, disability, sex and several other topics. All of his preprepared material is delivered with excellent timing and wit bringing some huge laughs. In this show no topic seems taboo and he has no reservations about speaking his mind.
As with most comedians, Frankie also talks to audience members making jokes about their professions and lives. However, he does seem to devote a large part of the show to this (at least half I'd say) and I think he probably relies on it a little too much.
At best it is controversial and at worst offensive. I'm very broadminded and felt several times that he had crossed the line. Especially during the audience interaction I felt uncomfortable at times and clearly some of his live audience felt the same.
There is a lot of strong language and the DVD deserves it's 18 rating because of this and the content.
Another disappointment is that nearly all of the material has previously been used on Mock the Week. There is very little new to be found here so if you've watched a lot of the forementioned tv program then I think you'll feel a little short-changed. Obviously comedians can't change their stand-up everyday but it would have been good to hear some new stuff. His old material is still very funny but it is just that-old.
There are three extras on the DVD:
F**K You Scotland - behind the scenes tour diary
Interesting to watch but nothing too exciting here. Mostly just random conversations between Frankie and his team.
Sketches from BBC3 comedy Rush Hour
I'd never seen Rush Hour before and after seeing these 4 sketches which feature Frankie I'm in no rush(get what I did there) to do so. The jokes seem very forced and Boyle uncomfortable acting.
I just did not get this at all. It runs to an hour and is essentially Frankie and 3 friends talking rubbish after taking herbal highs. It is the sort of drunken conversation you have with friends that seems funny to the people involved but no-one else.
After watching the dvd I won't be going to see Frankie live. He doesn't seem to enjoy being on stage all that much and I think Mock the Week is the best place for him. He shines on there and his jokes come across much better when being bounced off other comedians.
This is probably for die-hard fans only and although it's an ok watch I did not laugh as much as I normally do when watching comedy DVD's. Equally if you have never seen MTW then this could be a good buy for you as it will all be new and fresh.
Overall a disappointment from a man I considered to be one of Britain's top comedians.
As most of the people that have already reviewed Frankie Boyle, I was and in deed some way still am a huge fan of Frankie Boyle. I have grown to admire his quipping replies, and off the cuff comments on 'Mock the Week,' that brutally attack minorities, and majorities alike. On the programme, Frankie abruptly interrupts whoever is about to pull off a gag, and comes out with his outrageous jokes and banter, which sets the show alight. The way he is so rude in his demeanor, makes him so fascinating to watch, and you can only result in laugh and cry at his originality in my opinion.
From this I was eagerly anticipating watching his live show on DVD, wonderig what gags he would deliver with his usually perfect timing. I was slightly disappointed to find the same jokes from Mock the Week, coming up time and time again. This is what I thought to be Frankie's strength as he is seems to be so inventive, so I do not know if he was lazy in this performance, or he is just a one trick pony with some of his jokes. The parts were extremely funny were when he would pick peopleout of th audience and rip into them s this was truly off the cuff, andhad me in tears, as i berated them, to howling and screaming of the fellow audience. By the middle of teh show, when Frankie was looking for people to pick on you could see peoples faces wincing, thinking 'not me not me' which added even more to the humour.
In my opinion if you haven't see Mock the Week then this DVD is perfect if yuou love extremely strong and abusive comedy, however if you have watched the show on more than one occasion, you may find the material boring. In my opinion, 6/10 because there was no real originiality in his work.