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Trigger Happy TV - Best Of Series 1 (DVD)

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Genre: Television - Trigger Happy TV / Theatrical Release: 2002 / Director: Dom Joly, Sam Cadman / Actors: Dom Joly ... / DVD released 06 September, 2004 at Cinema Club / Features of the DVD: Full Screen, PAL

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      27.08.2009 21:31
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      Funny sketches involing characters interaction with members of the public

      I recently bought this to replace my VHS version. I had forgotten just how funny it is. The show features Dom Joly in a range of different situations which general embarrass members of the public by catching them unawares and taking the mickey out of them. This includes the man with the massive mobile phone (shown on the cover) who shouts loudly on it when it rings in places like an art gallery, restaurant etc. It's funny because people generally don't know where to look! There are also characters such as the traffic warden who tells off drivers for parking when in reality they are in traffic. The funny part is that the people in it are not part of it which makes it priceless to see their reactions when these wierd things happen. A couple of others are the grim reaper knocking on peoples doors, Dom dressed as a snail crossing a zebra crossing on a busy road at a very slow speed, a burglar with a swag bag asking old ladies for help getting over a wall, as well as various interviews with celebrities (who are unaware that the interview is not serious!) where Dom does things like just running off in the middle of the interview. This DVD is very easy watching and I think it is the best of the trigger happy dvds because a lot of the jokes are recycled in the following series. Definately recommend buying this - it is funny for all ages and most outlooks. Also, it hasn't dated from its original production as VHS.

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        30.03.2002 20:18
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        This is such a funny dvd I reccomened everyone buy's it. Dom jolly is seen as a number of different characters playing tricks and making a fool of himself in the unsuspecting eye of the public. gag's like walking into a libary shouting down a mobile phone and dressing him and his friend up in squirrel outfits and beating eachother with sticks in the middle of the road. Kind of like mtv's Jackass. But all of the stunuts are performed in public with no actors. Its soo funny!

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          07.07.2001 05:17
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          Since their appearance on both Channel 4 and E4, it is true to say that Dom Joly and his assortment of colleagues have created a phenomenon. However, since the end of series 1, a ‘best of’ DVD has been released, highlighting the brilliant antics that these individuals have got up to during the previous series, and surely, this DVD lives up to all expectations. After purchasing the DVD, I have never seen such a funny compilation of sketches (e.g. giant mobile phones, the singing English Pavarotti etc), and if you’ve ever seen an episode of this program, or if you’re in favour of a traditional English ‘slapstick’ style of humor, then this is for you. Sorted in to a number of segments, the DVD has previously unseen footage not shown during series 1, and also has background information on how Trigger Happy TV came about. However, as it has been decided that no further series will be created, so this is a great chance to experience British humor at it’s best - and nothing can top this bar Monty Python, which itself is nothing short of legend. Also, if you’ve watched the series as avidly as I have and liked the music, then I also recommend purchasing the Trigger Happy TV compilation CD. To conclude, this is a laugh-a-minute DVD which is well worth the money if you purchase it, and there are absolutely no criticisms can be made about this purchase – roll on series two DVD! Also, if you like Trigger Happy TV, you'll love this site: http://www.deanandnigel.co.uk/

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            04.04.2001 21:47
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            For those of you that didn't know, every thing you see on trigger happy is all acting - with exception to the celebrity interviews which seem rather convincing. Dom Joly assumingly approaches unsuspecting members of the public with hilarious humour, such as the mobile phone joke where Dom recieves a phonecall on his somewhat large mobile telephone and of course answers it with a very loud voice - sure to get many people gorping. Even though the whole thing is staged the sketches are still very amusing and some of the acting is rather convincing - with the exception of the few that look straight at the camera. This DVD is ninety minutes from the cream of the first series with bonus footage from when Dom Joly and Sam Cadman (co-executive producer) worked for the Paramount comedy Channel. Dom Joly once had a job with ITN, he was doing a live broadcast outside parliment but was for sacked for getting his mates to fool around in front of the camera, they also ran for president one year - as the teddybear alliance recieving over two-hundred votes. This DVD is well worth buying but the humour tends to be offensive to many

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              26.01.2001 17:37
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              If you've seen the superb Trigger Happy TV series on Channel 4, and laughed as much as I did, you'll want to get hold of "Trigger Happy TV - Best of Series One". The main part of the DVD contains about 80 minutes from the best from the TV series. When you consider that the series consisted of six 30 minute episodes, even allowing for adbreaks, at least 30-40 minutes worth isn't on the DVD. That having been said, the best bits are certainly all there - the celebrity interviews, "I'm at a concert", the Traffic Warden and the ice cream man. Even if you managed to tape the series, or it's subsequent repeat, the DVD is still worth getting, just for the bonus material. After the 13 tracks of 'best bits' there an 11 minutes section called "Comedy lab" that contains stuff I've never seen before, including 'mobile phone man' before his shave, and some excellent sketches such as 'ice cream negotiator', 'pizza for the small blue house', and an excellent Patrick Moore interview. After that, there's more - nearly another 15 minutes of the history of THTV, when Dom used to "muck around on satellite TV". Not the normal Trigger Happy style of comedy, but a little more 'Mark Thomas'. Still a good watch. If you loved the first series, get the DVD, even if it's just for the fresh 10 minute "Comedy lab". Enjoy… Oh, and take a close look at the front cover, and don't feed the grey squirrels!

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            First shown by Channel 4 at the beginning of 2000, Trigger Happy TV is one of those hidden-camera shows that plays pranks on the unsuspecting public. The brainchild of writer-performer Dom Jolly and his co-director Sam Cadman, it's a beguiling selection of endearingly daft scenes triggered by the admirably straight-faced Jolly (an inappropriate name if ever there was one). His characters include, among many others, a traffic warden who ticks off street cleaners for parking their carts on double-yellow lines; a business man who produces a three-foot-long mobile phone and bellows loudly into the handset; and an incompetent secret-service agent who sidles up to people on park benches, slipping them cryptic messages. Unlike the elaborate ruses of other hidden-camera shows, the best gags here are decidedly low-tech and simple: Jolly's attempt to interact with a stuffed dog he's taken for a "walk" in the park, much to bemusement of passing joggers, is fairly typical of the programme's mix of deadpan humour and surreal visuals--less Beadle's About, more absurdist street theatre. And instead of relying on a laugh track to set the mood, the show has a surprisingly eclectic, even at times strangely mellow and introspective, soundtrack from such acts as The Happy Mondays, Elastica and the Stereophonics. While some of the recurring gags were beginning to flag by the end of the series, the beauty of this compilation is that it features only the strongest material. However, we won't get a chance to see the prank Jolly played on Bill Wyman, who objected when it was first screened on television. Wyman might not get Jolly's impish brand of humour. But this fresh and entertaining compilation gives the rest of us a chance to sample it for ourselves. --Edward Lawrenson