Christmas gift guide: Stand-up comedy DVDs

Ten of the best stand-up DVDs out this Christmas for your delectation

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If Christmas has a catchphrase, it’s “ho, ho, ho” – so it’s apt that the festive season is the prime time to stock up on DVDs of stand-up comedy to keep you laughing till it’s time to take the tinsel down. As is customary, pretty much every comic capable of raising a microphone to their lips has a shiny new disc out to pad the stockings of comedy fans nationwide in the run-up to Santa’s big night. So, without further ado, here’s our pick of the best ten stand-up DVDs available this Christmas…

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1. Tim Vine – The Joke-Amotive: The master of the pun and the man who described his own act as “an endless barrage of one-liners” has a new set out this Christmas, which was recorded at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Expect dazzling wordplay, silly songs and props, and shortness of breath from a disc that’s not only packed with laughs but extras, too.

2. Peter Kay – Live (The Tour that Didn’t Tour – Tour): He’s the biggest stand-up in the country (and that’s not a dig at the man’s carriage) and he’s back with a new DVD chock-full of observations about everyday life. While this disc’s copped a bit of flak from Kay haters, if you’re a fan of the Boltonian funnyman, you’ll doubtless find much to enjoy.

3. Stephen Merchant – Hello Ladies: The lanky Bristolian’s debut stand-up DVD encapsulates everything that’s so gosh-darn likeable about the man, from its mildly self-deprecating title to Merchant’s funny and smart take on the world. Material to make you laugh, think and (after a couple of seasonal sherries) go “ahh” to.

4. Greg Davies – Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog: C’mon, who didn’t smile every time one of the Inbetweeners ran afoul of Greg in his Mr Gilbert guise? The man lit up the screen every time he turned up in the series, and he does the same in his first stand-up DVD, which features possibly the best title for a commercial work since the Surrealists’ heyday.

5. Sarah Millican – Chatterbox: Promising to be “much ruder than I am on the telly” for her debut DVD, the funniest stand-up to emerge from South Shields promises lots of unique insights into everyday life.

6. Chris Addison – Live: The Thick of It’s Ollie Reeder had the Bloomsbury Theatre rocking with laughter at his take on matters personal and not so personal. Potential viewers are promised “daftness, whimsy, jokes, smartarsery and flapping about”. 

7. Dylan Moran – Yeah, Yeah: Ireland’s favourite misanthropist comes grumbling back with his latest DVD of sharp observations about life and growing older, religion, kids and relationships, all wrapped up with some corking wordplay and imagery. Top stuff!

8. Reginald D Hunter – Live: The man with the smoothest delivery on the box gets the Hammersmith Apollo guffawing with his new DVD. To be honest, he could read the phone book and make it funny, but here he measures out honesty and controversy in equal measures and has the audience totally in his thrall. 

9. Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra – Live at the Royal Albert Hall: One for the musical comedy fan in your life, as the crazy-haired antipodean takes the Royal Albert Hall by storm with a roaring rendition of his piano-bashing comedy songs. 

10. Jimmy Carr – Being Funny: Jimmy’s back with another brightly coloured DVD packed with over 100 minutes of witticisms and banter, in which he kicks relentlessly at the boundaries of taste and keeps the audience’s ribs well tickled. 

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