January 1, 2015

hmv.com Presents... 2014's Biggest Hits: Stand-Up Comedy
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hmv.com Presents... 2014's Biggest Hits: Stand-Up Comedy

10. Monty Python – Live (Mostly)

Rounding out the top 10 for 2014 are the surreal comedy veterans collectively known as Monty Python, whose 5 surviving members reunited for a show at London's 02 Arena to perform a collection of their best-known sketches, interspersed with the unique animations of Terry Gilliam and clips of the late Graham Chapman.


9. Jon Richardson – Nidiot

Lancastrian comedian and panel show stalwart Jon Richardson was the year's ninth bestseller with his new stand-up show, Nidiot, recorded throughout his 2014 UK tour.


8. Jack Whitehall – Gets Around

The Bad Eduction star has become one of the UK's best-loved comedians and although is often considered more of a comic actor than a straight-up comedian, Gets Around shows that he's just as well equipped to make audiences chuckle on a stage as he is on a TV set.


7. Russell Howard – Wonderbox

Russell Howard's series Good News has enjoyed huge popularity among television audiences and his latest stand-up outing saw the baby-faced comedian propelled to No.7 in our best-sellers list.


6. Still Game – Live at the Hydro

Scottish sitcom Still Game is massively popular north of the border and it's here that the majority of sales are to be found, but it has also won the hearts of the rest of the UK, so much so that the live version of the show, filmed at Glasgow's SECC Hydro, finds itself the sixth best-selling comedy DVD of 2014.


5. Lee Mack – Hit The Road

Best known to many as the star of BBC sitcom Not Going Out, Lee Mack is also a regular on panel shows such as Would I Lie To You?, but in between all that he also embarked on a stand-up tour which proved a hit with audiences, bagging the comedian a spot in our top 5.


4. Sarah Millican – Homebird

Geordie comedian Sarah Millican has become one of the most popular female stand-ups in history, being handed her own TV show in the process, and her 2014 live tour was also another hit, reaching No.4 in our best-sellers list.


3. Mrs Browns Boys Live – For the Love of Mrs Brown

There's just no escaping it, is there? The live version of Brendan O'Carroll's hit TV show sees the cross-dressing Irishman was every bit as popular as the sitcom, climbing to No.3 in our best-sellers list and baffling tastemakers everywhere for yet another year. Is there no stopping Mrs. Brown?

2. Miranda Hart - My, What I Call, Live Show

Miranda Hart finally called time on her successful sitcom this year, winding it all to a close with a series of Christmas specials, but in the meantime she also embarked on her first ever 'proper' stand-up tour. As maiden voyages go, they don't get much better than this, and the comedian finds herself narrowly missing out on the top spot this year.


1. Lee Evans – Monsters

One of the most popular comedians the UK has produced in recent years – and almost certainly the sweatiest – Lee Evans broke the hearts of comedy fans and dry-cleaners everywhere when he announced in November that he would be quitting comedy after his 2014 Monsters tour, but he left a parting gift in the form of this live DVD which has rocketed to the top of our best-sellers list.

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