I remember Jon on BBC Radio 4's comedy shows where he continuously made me laugh throughout the show. He made jokes about Eastern European Barry and how much he hates Take That. He was the funniest comedian on the radio and so I had to get my hands on his new stand up DVD. A big disappointment it was.
His jokes are a little dry and only made me smile, he uses a lot of references and one liners with occasional exaggeration and it just didn't grip me enough to pay attention.
There are quite a few one liners and the odd "last second" joke where he finishes saying something and then adds a mildly funny joke afterwards. There were long periods throughout this DVD where I didn't laugh at all. He was a little too cheesy and making more family friendly jokes about single life and teenagers. I mean why not have a dig at something like politics or get more edgy with some riskier jokes?
I genuinely did switch off at one point. For about 10 minutes I started thinking about a news story I'd seen on sky News, and began to think about the weather. I really did loose interest in what was going on. I think he would have gripped me more if he kept jokes going for a little longer too, as most of the jokes were short and he seemed to change subject quite frequently. With Ricky Gervais though, he kept on the subject all through the act and while he rarely did veer off, when he did it was to make fun of something external and about the world rather than himself. This is where I think Jon went wrong.
I miss the whole Eastern European Barry thing. I'm not asking for him to bring it back in his DVD, as he does need new material but something along those lines, something crazy, bizarre and unusual would work well. He also used to talk for only a little time about single life on Radio 4 but in this DVD he makes it known quite often.
He spent most of his time on stage actually describing himself and making jokes about his own life, which is great because you learn more about him but there wasn't a good balance between internal jokes abut himself and external jokes abut the outside world.
Overall I think this was a big let down, I was really expecting Jon to make me wet myself but I didn't even laugh a little bit, i was smirking for some jokes and then I just sort of switched off and didn't really get into what he was saying.
I like stand up comedians and often buy their DVDs. I think it's a nice form of escapism and always has me laughing away along with my husband. For Christmas this was one of the DVDs I was bought.
I had watched Jon Richardson a few times in various shows and always found him rather amusing although he was never one of my top comedians so I was glad I was bought this DVD so I could get to see more of him.
In terms of how amusing this DVD is I would say it is not the most funny, I was not laughing away throughout but it was still funny.
What I really liked about it was that it was all very tame humour. He wasn't swearing away or insulting people, in fact he seemed more to be criticising himself more than others so that was rather refreshing.
Some of what he covered including his own irritations about tidiness. I know he has a history of talking about how he has OCD tendencies so it was interesting to hear him rattling on about how his house mates don't recycle and there were a few parts of it that I could relate to such as not putting cuttelry away properly! One of my favourite parts of the DVD was when he was talking about watching someone eating an apple on the train.
Although this DVD will not have you roaring away with laughter it is still a feel good, very tame stand up. You won't roll your eyes or cringe with this like you can with others. He isn't trying to push boundaries and make a point, instead he is just being himself and it is refreshing to see this.
I give it 4 stars as I think there are other stand up DVDs that I prefer but this is still very good.