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Jack Dee - Live at the Duke of York's Theatre
I brought this dvd for my boyfriend who has always been a big fan of Jack Dee. We have all of his other dvd's and we was eager to get this one in the hope that he was as funny as the others, and he doesn't disappoint.
Originally filmed in 1991, some of the jokes are now a bit dated - however it is still well worth watching.
Jack Dee has a dark, sarcastic sense of humor. He generally goes on a rant about his life, and because so much of what he is saying is about 'normal' things in your life, it is really easy to relate too, and very funny.
He is quite young in this dvd, and whilst I don't think this is his best piece of stand-up, it is still worth watching.
The running time is 65mins, and is rated a 15 certificate.
Currently on sale on amazon.co.uk for £9.98 - I don't think I would pay this for it again, yet it is still a good deal if you're a fan, and would like to see some of his older stuff.
If you're a newcomer to Jack Dee, I'd say go for the Jack Dee - Live at the Apollo dvd, as it is much funnier, and a lot more recent.
When it comes to birthdays and Christmas, I always get hubby a few presents which are for me as well as for him (cheeky I know!)
We went through a phase a while back of buying comedy DVDs for those (all too frequent) times when there's nothing on TV, and we're not in the mood for a film. Jack Dee is one of our favourite comedians (in my opinion second only to Bill Bailey) and we already had all his other DVDs. To complete the set, for Christmas I bought hubby "Jack Dee - live at the Duke of York's theatre". I bought it on Amazon for £7.99 - prices seem to fluctuate a lot, so I was waiting for a good price.
This is the earliest Jack Dee DVD and was filmed in 1991 which was shortly after he won the Best stage Newcomer at the Comedy Awards. Jack Dee is best known probably for his infamous John Smiths adverts, and this is from before then. This was released on video in 1992, and then on DVD in 2004. The show lasts just over 65 minutes, and there are no extras on the DVD aside from the scene selection option. The case has a stern looking picture of Jack on the front (in his blue suit), and on the back lists the scene selection, which is useful.
The DVD is rated 15 which is mainly due to the language (he swore more in those days I feel), but I don't think that those under 15 would really appreciate the humour anyway. As I mentioned this is Jack's early stuff. He had a lot more hair back then, and his jokes were cruder and there were even a couple that I didn't find amusing. The show was slow to start with humour revolving around Fergie and the Royal Family, but it gradually picked up to the laughing out loud stage!
For those who are not fans of Jack, his humour is based upon the obvious. I mean, when you think about it, who would design a toaster that burns the f***ing toast and who would want to play on an arcade driving game in a motorway service station when they might as well just carry on driving and throw 50p coins out of the window?!
It's the way that Jack delivers these gags, his dry wit, and facial expressions that make it so hysterically funny. Jack always talks about his personal experiences and in this show this includes his wedding, his dad who has a fixation on radiators, and his friend Tony! Having only seen his later stuff it's strange seeing him talk before he had kids....as they are mentioned a lot in his later stuff.
Of course much of the humour is related to current affairs such as the relatively new CD player. However, I don't feel that the dated aspect really detracts from the humour - although some younger people might not find it so amusing. Of course theres the timeless issus of public transport, supermarkets, cats, dogs, and budgies. Jack explains why buses are full of old people, and wonders who flushes toilets for the fun of it (water saving information which comes throgh the door always says that people should only flush when necessary!)
While watching this my dad was sat in the room reading a book, but I must admit he was laughing out loud at times. I really think that Jack's humour appeals to so many different types of people. If you're a Jack Dee fan you won't be disappointed (especially at this price - it is still £7.97 on Amazon). If you're new to Jack, why not start off at the beginning with this DVD and then watch him as he gets funnier and funnier through the years! More about Jack Dee can be found at - www.jackdee.com
Previously published on Ciao.