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Jimmy Carr's fifth DVD
Jimmy Carr - Telling Jokes (DVD)
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Jimmy Carr - Telling Jokes (DVD)
Advantages: Good jokes
Disadvantages: No real surprises here, won't win him any new fans
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!
Summary: What more is there to say - Jimmy Carr tells jokes!