November 13, 2013

Stand-Up Shootout – Which comedian will make me laugh the most?
by James
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Stand-Up Shootout – Which comedian will make me laugh the most?

Christmas is coming and it’s the time of year when Comedy’s finest start releasing their stand-up tour DVDs in the hope that they find their way into stockings all over the land. Mickey Flanagan's new DVD, Back In The Game, is just one of no fewer than 12 such releases out this week, so to help navigate the comedy minefield and help you get more yuks for your bucks, we pick four of the best.

Micky Flanagan

(Back in the Game out on DVD November 18)

Who is he?
Flanagan had been touring as a stand-up comedian for over 10 years before he got his big TV break – as many comedians do these days - on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow in 2009. More high-profile performances followed, with Micky doing turns for Live at the Apollo, Stand Up for the Week and the Royal Variety Performance. He also presented a four-part series for Radio 4 called Mickey Flanagan: What Price Change?

Who is it for?
Micky grew up in London’s Bethnal Green and he’s a proper East-Ender whose quirky brand of observational comedy will go down particularly well with Londoners in their twenties, thirties and forties, but should appeal to a wider audience as well. If that wisecracking cab driver seemed to have more jokes than usual this morning, chances are he’s been watching a bit of this.

Micky Flanagan
Micky Flanagan Channel 4
Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr
Reginald D. Hunter
Reginald D. Hunter

Bill Bailey

(Qualmpeddler out on DVD November 18)

Who is he?
Bill has been on our screens for a while now, doing stints as a panellist on the BBC’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks and even bagging the odd movie role, including his part as both twins alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz. It’s his weird and wonderful stand-up shows that show him in his best light however, and Qualmpeddler Live is no different.

Who is it for?
Bill Bailey is as talented a musician as he is a comedian and his live shows are filled with a mixture of surreal stand-up and comedic musical numbers (see his Kraftwerk-inspired version of ‘The Hokey Cokey’ if you need an example). His new DVD will go down well with anyone who enjoys music, surreal humour or novels by Tolkien.

Reginald D. Hunter

(In The Midst Of Crackers out on DVD November 18)

Who is he?
Born in Albany, Georgia, Reginald D. Hunter moved to the UK at the age of 27 and did his first stand-up show at an open mic night as a dare, a bet that netted him £100. Hunter enjoyed it so much he decided to make a career out of it, and he’s been a regular on numerous panel shows including the BBC’s Have I Got News For You and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Who is it for?
Not the F.A., that’s for sure. Earlier this year, Hunter caused controversy when he was booked by the Football Association who, in their infinite wisdom, thought it would be a good idea to book a comedian renowned for his use of the ‘N’ word in his shows for a gala dinner attended by, among others, the people responsible for the Kick It Out campaign against racism. Regardless of this own goal, Hunter’s charismatic brand of laid-back, southern-fried humour will go down well with all but the highly sensitive.

Jimmy Carr

(Laughing and Joking out on DVD November 18)

Who is he?
Jimmy Carr got his TV break as the acerbically sarcastic host on Channel 4’s game show Distraction and his since gone on to feature as host on a number of shows, including 8 Out Of 10 Cats and The 11’o’Clock Show. Carr also caused controversy earlier this year when he admitted keeping some of his earnings in an offshore account for tax-evasion purposes which, while being legal, caused David Cameron to single him out in an extraordinary display of selective vision in which he branded the comedian’s actions ‘morally wrong’.

Who is it for?
Carr’s style of stand-up is in the Tim Vine vein of delivering as many one-liners as possible over the course of an hour. Sharp, sarcastic and occasionally offensive, Carr’s new DVD will be a hit with those whose sense of humour veers toward the dark side and should prove equally popular with fat cat bankers looking to ease their utterly non-existent consciences.

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