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Jimmy Carrs telling jokes is besically what it says on the box. Its jimmy Carr doing stand up and telling jokes. After seeing much of jimmy's work on other stand up shows and panel shows, I was strongly anticipating this to be a very funny DVD. Jimmy Starts off well but, you get the sense that his jokes are becoming more and moree predictable and therefore less funny. After about 30 minutes i started to get bored simply dicided to put somethiong else on. I was disappointed with the DVD as there wasn't that many new jokes (which tends to happen a lot with stand up comics) that I hadn't heard from Jimmy before. I paid £9.99 for this. The DVD has very strong language and is a certificate 18 (which is justifiable considering some of the jokes being told.) however there was a 13 year old boy sitting in the audience. The disk is 100 minutes long and also shows some deleted scenes and outtakes from various shows. You do not want to get this DVD if you are easily offended or faint hearted. The DVD is good for groups of people that share the same or a similar type of humour. In conclusion, I don't think it was as good as the medi were making it out to be, however I suppose you could argue its worth the money if you have an extra £10 to spend.
I'm quite picky when it comes to comedy and I only really rate a few comediens. Well of course Jimmy Carr is one of them. James Anthony Patrick Carr was born in 1972 in Hounslow, Greater London. Most people will recognise Jimmy Carr from the TV show 8 Out of 10 Cats and other shows, more recently QI. He is also a writer and has worked in radio. Unlike a lot of comediens Jimmy is constantly touring making it easy to see one of his live shows. I have seen him live twice now and both shows have been absolutely amazing. What I really like about him is that at the end of his shows, he hangs around so that people can have the chance to meet him, no matter how long the queue, he doesn't leave until the very last person has been seen. I have taked advantage of this both times and he really is a genuinely nice, down to earth person. There are currently 6 DVDs available to purchase which were all filmed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. The 7th DVD titles Making People Laugh is due for release in November of this year. To me, he is the master of one-liners, telling one after the other which keeps the laughs coming and keeps the audienced focused and entertained that it's impossible to be bored. He is incredible intelligent and witty and hecklers do so at their own risk. I for one, wouldn't dare. His humour is quite dark and sometimes quite shocking, treading on very thin ice between what is acceptable and what is not. I can see why a lot of people would not like him and be downright offended by a good many of his jokes, but if you are a fan like myself it's easy to accept these jokes and to not be offended, after all they are just that, jokes. This DVD will supply you will constant laughs all the way through. I wouldn't recommend letting younger people watch this if you have children or teenagers, it is an 18 for a reason. If you haven't seen this, you really don't know what you are missing!
This is comedian Jimmy Carr's, of 8 out of 10 cat's fame, 5th live DVD of his stand up. If you don't know, Jimmy Carr is the posh looking and sounding hamster cheeked, rather un-politically correct comedian. So straight off if you are offended by some blue jokes and some naughty words give this DVD a miss. I own three of Carr's DVD (his first two and this) and in my opinion he's lost his way a bit, perhaps I have just got too used to his routine, that his jokes no longer have the shock values they once did. This is still a good DVD and at times hilarious, he's a one liner-ing machine (whatever that is) and has a high success rate with his jokes which are all offensive in some way, either talking about paedophilia (poor kid in the audience is all I'm going to say), sex or general sexism, the jokes come quick and very fast (he loves the quick one liner as I said) and in one part he even creates a three word jokes and this two word one 'Dwarf shortage' which is silly but I enjoyed it probably due to this. the crowd are really enjoying the show which adds to the atmosphere and Jimmy loves picking on them; the poor / stupid audience members who shout out get quickly and nicely put down. There's also a cringe-y moment where a really trashy woman tries to make a date with another audience member which is a bit bizarre. So overall I'd say telling jokes is a good stand up but not as good as Jimmy Carr's first two DVDs which I'd recommend you buy first. Scratch that I'd get some Richard Pryor or Bill Hicks. If you have any other questions feel free to message me Tony
Telling Jokes is Jimmy Carr's fifth DVD release in as many years. If you have seen any of his stand-up or his DVDs before then you will know exactly what to expect. Carr prides himself on having a massive number of jokes in his show - reaching somewhere in the 200s. There is some variety but generally they are snappy one or two liners. In one segment he even attempts to tell a joke in a decreasing number of words. It is fair to say that his material is not for the easily offended, its very sweary and sexually explicit and often enters the realms of bad taste. Topics that feel the end of his sardonic tongue include the following: relationships, obesity, divorce, Hollyoaks, Simon Cowell, HR professionals, death, ageing, sex (a lot), the Welsh language bullying, caravan holidays, McDonalds, priests, Jesus, religion, Gary Glitter, Alan Carr and so on....... Obviously with the number of jokes he tells some are better than others, but he zips a long at such a pace that you are not really left pondering those that you are not quite so keen on. However, where he really comes into his own is with his interaction with the audience, seemingly revelling in the challenge that it is entirely unpredictable. He is also seemingly unbeatable and utterly unflappable. This DVD shows that his comedy has developed somewhat since the early days. His onstage persona is still based quite larger from a static starchy stage stance but he also is now not afraid to get a little physical with his facial expressions and miming actions if the joke demands it. It is fair also to say that he gets to display more of his personality with his stand-up then he does on TV and appears to be a lot more comfortable with his own material and off-the-cuff comments. As with his other DVDs he has tried to break up the jokes so that its not a relentless bombardment. For instance, he has one section where he sits down at a desk and reads a list of jokes which are ably assisted with visual aids. There are probably less of these breakaways than I have seen in his previous DVDs which is a shame because they are interesting and have previously worked well within his shows. The Extras are okay, but nothing spectacular. Firstly there is his American Comedy Central special which lasts 20 minutes. This is formed predominantly of his much repeated older material. He gets a polite but muted response from the audience which makes it slightly difficult to watch but the audience do warm to him over time. Then there is a 15 minute reading of Jimmy's best Twitter messages as he tours the country, accompanied by animations and photographs. This is entertaining enough but I expect that a lot of people will find it a bit smug. Finally there is a short section of bonus material which features outtakes and cut out bits from the filming of the DVD as well as more footage of Jimmy interacting with the audience. It is fair to say that if you are not already of Jimmy Carr's DVD s or standup, this is not really going to convert you. As polished as his material is and as adept he is at performing it, he is not a comic who is really trying to say something. He does touch on the issue of the nature of offence but does not really explore it, most definitely because he is not a comic who wants to put together a show about a particular subject or around a particular argument. The show itself is really well filmed and produced, the sound quality is excellent and there are a number of cameras set up around the stage which mean that nothing is missed and even members of the audience that are interacting with Carr can be easily picked up. In conclusion, although all the material is new there is nothing particularly groundbreaking about this show. However, it is solid, well performed and enjoyable and edgy enough to have a good evening in with with a few drinks and an open mind!