'A master class in finding the nation's funnybone,' reads the back of the dvd. And that's right, too. Michael McIntyre is by far one of the best stand up comedians of the past few years. He picks up on everyday thoughts and makes us laugh about them - because they're so truth. Like how everyone has a tin of salmon in the back of their cupboard which they'll never use... And how you'll wake up in the middle of the night with a dead arm. So true.
This DVD is from one of Michael's live shows at the Wembly arena, in 2009. I tried to get tickets for the actual show, but they were sold out, which is just a hint of how popular this man actually is. So I bought myself the DVD for christmas instead, and have watched it loads since, laughing loudly each time because it's genuinely funny! Michael McIntyre is so deliciously camp that just his face and body amuses his audience. Watch it and you'll love it. Another bright side, is that it also comes with some footage of his comedy roadshow tour. Everyone wins. :)
I honestly tried to think of a downside for this dvd, but couldn't find a very good one. Perhaps the fact he uses some material that he's already used in the Live at the Apollo shows. But apart from that, perfection on a disc.
I first had the pleasure of watching Michael McIntyre for the first time on Jack Dee's Live At The Apollo a couple of years ago. From that very first appearance, I have followed his shows intently, seeing both of his DVD releases live as well as another show in St Albans.
This DVD, Hello Wembley, is his second DVD release and filmed in Wembley, obviously!
Michael McIntyre has a superb way of relating to the audience, similar to Lee Evans, where you can sympathise and emphasise with almost everything he says. His joke delivery and story telling have seen his reputation shoot up in a short space of time.
Highlights of this DVD include McIntyre's description of men walking round naked in gyms and his tale of inadvertently smacking his son in the face with a Nintendo Wii controller whilst playing tennis. In another, McIntyre reveals why he doesn't like playing snooker after what someone told him. There are so many funny stories in his show that you are literally laughing every minute.
If I had to compare Michael McIntyre with anyone it would be Lee Evans. They have very similar humour and relate well with their audience, by telling stories and anecdotes that everyone will be familiar with.
I think Michael McIntyre's hilarious, but I think there's only so much of his stand-up on Mock the Week or Live at the Apollo I can take. There arrives a point where the Man-Draw, or the power walk jokes become a bit old.
So I was thrilled to hear that he had a new DVD coming out, with all new jokes and jabs at the current world. And Hello Wembley!, I was please to find out, was an hour and a half (another good surprise, compared to the usual stand-up gig of an hour) of good, new jokes, save for the one which I think I had heard on Mock the Week (the one about "slow" in Wales).
Michael McIntyre's comedy is really popular for its simplicity. While some other comedians add music, or other little quirks, McIntyre just sits down, cheeky smile on his face, and writes about what happened that day. And it's something we can all laugh at. We've all been in shopping queues, or stuck in traffic. We all have families and friends. That's one of the finer things about this comedy: his ability to find the every day things and make them hilarious.
Definitely for any fan of stand-up comedy.
A Masterclass in finding the nation's funny bone - Sunday Times
I just call it hilariously funny! Hello Wembley is the stand up comedy DVD from the very funny Michael McIntyre.
I am not really a big fan of stand up comedy as I generally don't think the people are very funny. I usually think that stand up comics are the only ones that find themselves funny and tend to have a rather large opinion of themselves. Michael McIntyre is different. He can make fun of himself in a real way and one that makes you laugh out loud. I first started seeing him on the television program Live at the Apollo and enjoyed it and so when I saw that this DVD was coming out in time for Christmas I just had to get it, and so in fact did millions of other people as Hello Wembley became the fastest selling stand-up DVD ever selling over a million copies and reaching Number 1 in the DVD charts for Christmas 2009.
In 2009 he won Best Stand-up at The British Comedy Awards.
I think the first reason why he is so funny is just his look, he has an unusual look which he takes the mickey out of quite a bit. He also has quite a high pitched voice which rises when he gets to the end of a funny complex joke. He makes the punchline very funny as he crescendo's up to this squeak!
As the name of the DVD suggest this DVD was recorded when Michael did his stand up tour at Wembley stadium. There were thousands of people in the audience and this just makes the DVD seem a lot more spectacular and really gives it the wow factor. I must admit though I don't think I'd like sitting at the back of the stadium as Michael would just be a little dot in the distance.
When I first saw him I have to admit that I thought Michael was gay as he has a very camp way about him. He often skips around the stage and has lots of different gestures that can be classified as quite camp too. He does admit to being a rather camp guy but is in fact married with two children. He does do some great jokes about his wife, in nice taste though, there's none of this making fun of the wife, just observations about women in general which in my opinion are not sexist.
I think the reason why so many people find him funny is that he makes observations on everyday things that you can relate to and when he crafts his joke you just end up thinking yes, he is so true, he has really nailed that on the head. The reason why he then makes it so funny is the way he tells the joke which most of us could never do.
This DVD is not the least bit rude or dirty which is good because many comics depend on this to get laughs but Michael is just funny anyway and does not need to rely on dirty joke. There is one locker room joke that perhaps is not for kids but it is done in good taste and apart from that there is nothing else rude. What I love about the way he constructs his jokes and DVD is that he will have a joke at the beginning of the set which he carries on at various points throughout the DVD and then adding it to a new joke and this really makes the show flow and makes you laugh as you kind of know what's coming but it still makes you laugh.
The DVD is rated 15 and in my opinion so worth is.
Michael McIntyre is a phenomenon. It's not just that he has developed a very popular stand-up act based on a sharp wit and an infectious humour - his entire look and demeanour practically demand that you like him. In fact, his popularity these days seems to rival the late Queen Mother - you will rarely find someone who will publicly admit to not liking him, although I know a fair few people who, after a few drinks, are prepared to admit that they would like to give him a slap - but only just a little one.
His humour is keenly observational - he takes ordinary, everyday objects and situations and by the time he has finished with them, you find yourself nodding along in agreement while trying desperately not to piss yourself laughing. The delivery is energetic and enthusiastic, augmented cleverly by his talent for physical comedy.
His material is usually clean by stand-up standards - with the occasional bit of swearing and some sexually explicit material - but the latter is always tempered by the relatively mundane context in which it arises. His comedic timing is superb, often employing the tried and tested routine of tying his jokes back to previously delivered material at key moments in his act.
"Hello Wembley", released in November of last year, is his second full-length DVD and is a live (edited) recording of his "home" performance at Wembley Arena on his last live tour. Given his popularity, it is perhaps unsurprising that it is now the fastest selling stand-up DVD of all time, surpassing his own "Live & Laughing" release of 2008. It is currently available on Amazon for £7.98 (RRP £14.99) in DVD format. The DVD is rated a 15 - well deserved given some of the content.
The main feature is his stand-up performance, which is delivered without fancy gimmicks, gadgets or props - it's just McIntyre and his audience - and he holds your attention from the moment he skips onto the stage in his now trademark fashion, until he skips off it after a well-deserved encore.
In a packed hour and a half, he tackles everything from drinks cabinets, spice cupboards, shopping with his wife, wine tasting, and mobile phones to idiot drivers. The transition between one subject and the next is relatively seamless. There are a few "dead" spots, when you are left waiting for the next bit, thinking perhaps he has squeezed every last laugh out of the situation, but on the whole, the performance is a laugh a minute.
Along with the "concert", there is an additional section with the best bits from his Comedy Roadshow, which aired on the BBC last year. The Roadshow took in a number of cities across the UK (Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Edinburgh amongst others) and consisted of a five minute intro from McIntyre followed by a showcase of local comedy talent.
The DVD seamlessly strings together these short bits from his act. Each performance is localised and tailored to the audience and city he is in, which provides a good showcase for his talent as a mimic of accents and sharp eye for a comedic opportunity. His material is more successful in some cities than others, but it's a lot more hit than miss, and overall it's an excellent and welcome bonus to have on the DVD.
Having also seen his previous DVD, "Live & Laughing", I was left a bit disappointed. Some of that probably has to do with the "sophomore" effect - i.e. if you set expectations really high with your first effort, your subsequent stuff may not seem so good. However, in this release, there seems to be more gratuitous foul language than before, which doesn't really add anything to the material - and there is also more sexual content (a recurring blowjob gag amongst others) that may be a little unsavoury to more conservative viewers - especially those expecting more along the lines of his first DVD.
That slight negative aside, his everyman humour works very well because he recounts situations and tells stories that strike a chord. You can easily relate to it - for instance, his take on the Nintendo Wii, which had us in stitches, hit so close to home because it mirrored our own experiences.
He gently and somewhat benevolently mocks the absurdity of some human behaviour, especially things we do automatically without thinking about what we are doing - or indeed know why we are doing them. Good examples of this are the wonderful pieces he does on run of the mill stuff such as wine tasting in restaurants, trying on shoes, and getting a haircut.
If you haven't seen McIntyre before, I think his first DVD, "Live & Laughing" is probably the better of the two. That said, "Hello Wembley" is worth the money and is great entertainment. The extras on the DVD make it very good value for money. Recommended.
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As a rule, im quite fussy about the type of stand up i will watch but this was absolutely hilarious. For anyone who has ever seen the first show or a set on Live at the apollo you will know how funny this man is but this is ten times better. Mcintyre relates so well to everyday life from having children, to playing computer games to snow. The thngs we all go through but never really think about. Its over an hour long and has extra bits from the Live at the apollo series so its a good buy at just £7.98 from amazon. Something you can watch a few times over and still find funny. Really good for some comedic therapy. Both men and women will find this funny, my personal fave is the comment about the 'man drawer' and keeping all sorts of 'useful' bits in there. We definately have one of those in my house! All in all, comedy genius and guaranteeded to have you giggling to yourself for days after!
I'm quite into stand-up comedy, and have never laughed so hard when I watched this DVD last night! Michael MacIntyre clearly has a way with words and is superb to watch!
I think what makes this so funny is that nearly all his gags are those you can relate to. I was clutching my sides and in parts crying with laughter when I realised that I do some of these things that are our pet hates. He has a way with telling the story and his timing is outstanding, sending the audience roaring with laughter, I can imagine the atmosphere would have been brilliant! Michael MacIntyre is not afraid to make a fool of himself during his routines which shows how genuine he is and makes it more believable and watchable.
Thankfully here we have a comedian that doesn't need to fill his script with endless swearing! I don't have a problem with swearing, but in stand-up it's not usually necessary and really isn't funny! Michael does use the odd f-word, so watch out if you choose to watch this with kids, but it is very infrequent so it's not a big issue.
The DVD can be found for as little as £9.99 from most retailers and I can say for sure that I'll be watching it again so it's definitely not a waste of money, very far from it! Watch it with your friends and laugh out loud because this is comedy at its best!
Another great performance from Michael McIntyre who has gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years. This DVD will have you in stiches, particularly if you enjoyed his previous DVD 'live and laughing'. His style of comedy is not conventional, where most comedians tell jokes Michael makes hilarious observations on day to day things that we all do and all of his jokes are easy to relate to. The only dissapointment for me was that many of the material he used he had already used in his most recent performance on live at the apollo. Although it was just as funny it was dissapionting that a chunk of the DVD was taken up with jokes I had already seen previously, but if you did not see his performance on live at the apollo this will not be a problem as it was still very funny! On top of his performance at Wembley the DVD features the best bits of his recent TV programme 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow'. If you did not enjoy this programme because of the guests dont worry because it features just Michael McIntyre. On the whole a very funny DVD which I would highly recommend.
I have placed this reveiw on ciao as well
Entertainer - Stand-up - you wouldn't know, he is rather short
Nationality - British
Birth - 15-02-76
Product - "Hello Wembley" DVD
Bought him a skipping rope for Xmas, didn't get thanked - He was tied-up
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Watching McIntyre on stage in all his glory, skipping around like a disregarded over inflated balloon, with his over excited vocals breaking every now again like adolescent in a playground. It occurred to me I can see a hint of a Kenny Everitt character from the mid eighties; McIntyre has indirectly been subjected to the genius of Mr Everitt via his Father from an early age and it beams through on occasions. His Father was a writer for the Kenny Everitt TV Show that started McIntyre's own writing interests into satirical scripts and analogies; along with a dancer as a Mother he combines his dainty footwork with stand-up; when I mean dainty, I refer to his trademark skip. Like all comedians they require a fundamental add-on quirk that identifies them from anyone else enrolled in the same arena. From catchphrases, large glasses, eyebrow twitch, pint of beer, big ears and perhaps a shiny suit, all successful acts have that extra bit of something, perhaps a 'X Factor' to survive in the industry at length. McIntyre is average looking with a slight Chinaman squint, is charismatic as a cheeky public schoolboy before puberty sets in.
Charming and eloquently spoken, armed with a quick wit, that no end helped with a background mixing with the comedian giants of the past.
'Hello Wembley' is a clever piece of stand-up craftsmanship. There are no gimmicks, no dancing girls, except McIntyre; anecdotes of plenty and a mastery use of situation comedy that is personalized to his young family and wife. All good stand-ups of satire carry the same tools and that is to write what they know best, link one analogy to another, almost as if it was a coincidence to the voyeur or audience. Do a circuit of the routine, that brings the stand-up to the beginning again, a mighty fine one will do this effortlessly, without any hiccups and timed to perfection. Michael McIntyre is the epitome of satirical verse; a master class is performed on this DVD 'Hello Wembley'.
This DVD had sold over 250,000 copies within its first week of release, breaking his own record 'Live and Laughing' DVD, this at the time had been the fastest selling and in fact was the biggest selling satire DVD of the time, the DVD is set to eclipse Peter Kay's 2002 'Sound of laughter' DVD which smashed records at the time during the festive period of 2002. Kay's famous hobnob sketch is one of the all time greats, worth a Youtube viewing if possible. Now Kay has retired from the stand-up arena and embarked on other material, there laid an empty abyss; that has been filled by a clean living, polished entertainer in McIntyre. It hasn't always been plain sailing for this funny man, which the Independent quoted on the DVD 'He has found the nations funny bone'.
Times were tough way back in 1999 for bouncy McIntyre in his earlier days. There was a time when many audience members were scratching their heads when the bulbous sized, eloquent, camp, Chinese looking comedian skipping onto the stage, did three circuits and was greeted with an arena of silence. He would then do another circuit with more vigor, saying 'Brrr; who left the back door open?' 'Sketches were patchy, and mumbled through without clarity with speed. Now of course this is part of his performance, his patter, but initially it was all nervous energy, and he had loads of it; gifted but without a focus, or reliable fan base.
Now since his Royal Variety performance in 2006, McIntyre hasn't looked back, as each year that has passed, more coverage has only given him more wealth; as a prolific writer of satire his recent address to nearly 500,000 members of the public since his tours from 2007 the public have warmed to his private schoolboy image. Now with an interactive membership profile of over 340,000 followers, it doesn't look as if his comedy steam train is endangering of coming to a halt.
McIntyre's website URL is - http://www.michaelmcintyre.co.uk, whereby you can opt to grab his newsletter and follow him around on twitter and facebook, order the 'Hello Wembley' DVD from Amazon and save yourself 14.00 GBP - The RRP price is around 21.00 GBP, but the amazing offer via the site is an incredible 7.98 GBP including postage. Of course Amazon stock impending.
Sketches to look out for are his hilarious Nintendo Wii sketch that caused the audience to erupt with fits of laughter. His offspring namely Lucas and Oscar have a place in all our hearts after McIntyre describes their misfortunes and the ultimate life changing experience of parent hood. A refreshingly, clean, human anecdotes that will tickle you and may even make your snort with pleasure. Only a gifted stand-up can make members of the audience snort with pleasure. Listen out for them there are many on this live recording.
One of the hot favourites for the category 'Best Entertainment Presenter' to pick up a National Television Award (NTA) next week as advertised yesterday on his twitter page, in his own words, his gallant cheekiness shines through. TV performances on the 'Live at the Apollo' has been legendary and truly epic, as well as regular appearances on 'Mock The Week' with Scottish supreme of jibes Frankie Boyle, (no relation to Susan Boyle, who is also Scottish) shown on BBC Two usually on after the watershed and can be view on BBC iPlayer as and when you fancy a private snort of pleasure; the legal kind, not the banned kind of course.
Watch out for McIntyre's Comedy Road Show; that is also on mainstream television, not on Dave, or the Comedy Channel. McIntyre is more importantly reaching the masses by using the internet and good old fashion mainstream television. No doubt 2010 will indefinitely be a year of laughter amidst the spoilers of recession and impending broken election promises.
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Both me and my husband aren't big stand up comedy fans, we happened to catch abit on Michael Mcintyre on Live and the Apollo one day when we was channel flicking and he had me in stitches, one of the qualities I love about him is its easy watching and doesnt fail to get me to laugh.
His new DVD did not disappoint, it completely lived up to expectations. There is some adult humor, but then I wouldnt say many young children would watch a stand up comedian anyway, I know I wouldnt have been happy to watch one when I was younger.
On the whole I would say the DVD has something to offer anyone.
The thing I like most about his style is his jokes are just observations from every day life, and 9 times out of 10 I can relate to what he is saying. He has a great energy on stage, which I think helps get the audience involved, he is always moving around and has great actions to alot of his jokes, rather then the standard standing still telling jokes.
Probably the biggest comedian of '09, Michael McIntyre returned with his second DVD packed full of his superb observational comedy. Wembley was the location and you can see from the DVD that it was packed, a clear indication of his popularity.
I thoroughly enjoyed his first DVD, Live & Laughing, and couldn't wait for this to be released.
This DVD/tour focused on the much of the same things as the first, but by that I don't mean the material was the same; I think there may have been one repeated joke, maybe none. What I mean is that he talks about strange things that happen round the house and when you're shopping, etc.
The DVD starts off with Michael leaving his house, with references to the things he talked about in 'Live & Laughing'; so right from the start I was almost in tears of laughter.
The quality of the jokes was excellent from start to finish and you have to pay attention the whole way through if you don't want to miss anything, because the laughs come thick and fast.
Overall, this is a must-buy for fans of Michael McIntyre. It costs £8 from Amazon and that is well worth the 90 minutes of comedy genius that you get. The only slight disadvantage beiong that he is now so popular that he appears on lots of shows and performs parts of the routine, so if possible try and avoid anything he;s on until you watch this.
I got this for christmas and so as a family we decided to watch it, but what a bad idea this was! I normally love Micheal Mcintyre because he really is very funny. He always comes out with original jokes which are very funny because they are always based around everyday things like you journey into work and dinner time. However i was a little disappointed with this DVD.
One of the main reasons i enjoy watching Micheal Mcintyre is that he makes everyone in your family laugh - even your parents, and it is fine for kids to watch as well because he is never rude or agressive. However this DVD was the complete opposite. Yes, his jokes were very funny but about 40% of them were really quite rude and unsuitable. It was defiantly not a good choice of DVD to watch with my family.
This was probaly because the program was not broadcasted on TV so he was allowed to be rude. However, for me it destroyed his reputation as a family comedian.
I first came across this brilliant observational comedian on shows such as the Comedy Store. I loved his fresh style and humour I could relate to such as the fantastic "man drawer". My husband has one of these with old mobile phones, batteries and various old leaflets and instructions never read. After watching his television shows and previous DVD - which became the fastest selling stand up DVD of all time! - I was a bit dubious of this DVD. I have often found that the DVD's are just a mish mash of the best parts of material already used on television and other shows. However, this DVD is completely the opposite.
Full of new material I had not seen or heard before, I was left laughing so hard I was crying. Building on his hugely successful first DVD with the introduction seeing him rifling through the 'man drawer' for the road map this offering just got better and better. Through his self deprecating humour as a chubby Gok Wan to his observations of parenthood and everyday experiences, Michael connects with his audience in a way achieved by other comedians such as Billy Connolly and Peter Kay.
His anecdotes relate to experiences that many of us everyday folk have making him instantly likeable by showing the comedy in these situations. Just the thing for when things are looking none too bright.
A definite winner for me and I would recommend to anybody who likes a good laugh.
I first saw Michael McIntyre on the big fat quiz of the year, but never realised how funny he actually is until I watched his first DVD after a friend told me to watch it, so as soon as I found out this one was to be released, I was straight onto amazon to pre-order it, and I am not in anyway disappointed.
I found the first DVD to be hilarious, and this one even better than the first, I literally was crying with laughter whilst watching him.
He has a style of comedy I find to be different from the seemingly samey comedians we have to pick from, I truly feel he is the next Lee Evans.
There is a lot more swearing in this DVD than in the first one, but it seems to fit in well and it isnt as if he is just using swear words for the sake of it as it seems some comedians do, just not one for the young children I think!
Most of Michaels jokes are based on real life, but the way he tells the stories are just so funny, that I nearly die with laughter sometimes. The bit in the gym locker room makes me laugh so hard everytime I hear it, I actually had tears in my eyes from laughing the first time I heard it, and it still gets me everytime!
For anyone who wishes to have a great laugh at some truly funny situations of life, this DVD is the one for you, buy it now.
While everyone else was raving about this new comedian on the scene, I did not see what all the fuss was about. I'd seen him on a couple of tv shows and to be honest he got on my nerves a bit with his hair flicking and posh twang. However...then I watched his first dvd 'Live and Laughing' and abosolutely LOVED it. I also enjoyed his BBC one series 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow', so I couldn't wait to watch this dvd. Finally watched it last night and oh my goodness it was even better than the first- I laughed so much for one and a half hours solid, my ribs were aching, I was actually crying in parts!!! McIntyre is a brilliant performer, and his act appeals to everyone because it's good old fashioned observational comedy- we laugh because we recognise ourselves or someone we know in his anecdotes! The man is hilarious! Oh, and the accent, mad skipping and floppy hair only make him funnier!