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Shortly after Christmas last year I took advantage of a half price sale on stand up DVD's and bought a few featuring some of my favourite comedians. I never used to like Jack Whitehall when he presented Big Brother's Little Brother on E4 a few years ago, I thought he was too arrogant and annoying and would never let his guests or audience get a word in when he presented the show so I never really thought of myself being a fan. In recent years though I've seen him on various panel and quiz shows and my opinion slowly began to change, he wasn't quite as annoying as I remembered and I liked his self deprecating humour when discussing his 'posh' upbringing and his public-school accent so when I saw his DVD available for a little under £7.00 I decided to take a chance on his one man show.
Filmed live on stage Jack looks at ease as he talks to his audience, he shares various anecdotes about his childhood and embarrassing moments during his formative years. It's obvious from the way that he talks that he has had a well to do background and indeed there is a very funny introduction from Jack's own father in which he explains his embarrassment at the career choice his son has made. There is an obvious fondness between father and son which is quite charming to see and Jack plays up to his posh persona without talking down to his audience. if anything he comes across as being mildly embarrassed about the way he speaks and the upbringing he has had as he talks about his life away from comedy, there are amusing tales about holidays abroad and his school life and whilst still a young man himself he never appears out of his depth on stage. He's very animated in action and has expressive body language which engages the viewer whilst keeping the attention firmly on him as he weaves his way through his well rehearsed monologue. The show never feels scripted as such and does move on effortlessly from one anecdote to another whilst barely pausing for breath however there are times when he does seem to wander too far off his original topic and has to bring the dialogue back to where he started.
There are various points where the audience gets involved and from their reaction I do think that he is very well received on-stage, I wouldn't say the show was a riotous laugh a minute and perhaps it isn't as polished as some other comedian's stand up shows but there's plenty of amusement and I did enjoy listening to and watching him on stage. It should certainly appeal to fans of comedy who want to see someone new onstage and with Jack becoming better known thanks to his appearances in a couple of TV shows and various appearances on the likes of "Mock the Week" and "8 out of 10" cats his profile is better known than it was a couple of years ago. There is quite a lot of swearing in the show so do be aware if this is likely to offend and the subject of sex crops up from time to time so it's probably not something you'd want to share with the whole family if there's kids around or anyone with prudish tendancies.
All in all this is a good debut show and I was kept entertained throughout the 91 minute running time even if it did seem to be a little on the too-long side by the time it had finished. It could have probably done with about 10 minutes or so being cut out if I'm being honest but other than that it is something that I would recommend to other people.
The DVD is rated 15 and There are a few extras on the release, the best of which being an extended interview with Jack's father who answers questions asked by Jack himself and a rather bizarre set up audition where Jack mocks the whole "Twilight" saga which for me went on a little bit long and wasn't all that amusing.
As far as my rating goes I think 4 stars is fair, the DVD offers a good hour and half's worth of entertaining stand up comedy and whilst there were a few stories that didn't quite work I would say that it's well worth checking out if you're looking for a laugh.
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