Starring David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Samantha Power, Paul Putner
Studio: BBC Video
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With worldwide success from a widely entertaining and hilarious sketch show, the duo who created Little Britain set out for a 8 month comedy tour across the U.K. Evidence is this outrageous, very funny DVD from the live show for those who were unable to obtain tickets for this and for Americans who haven’t really caught onto the worldwide hit known as Little Britain. Starring David Walliams, and Matt Lucas, who have done a masterful job creating such a smooth operating comedy show where they are the main characters in every sketch and still have time to change costumes. Having the personal pleasure to see the concert first hand in London in December, I must say I haven’t laughed out loud so much than at this comedy show in a very long time.
Little Britain started with just a small idea to a radio series to a massive, 40 country worldwide television series and now a sold out live show. Matt Lucas and David Walliams have always set their sights on performing in theater and concert venues doing their characters from the series and with huge television show, now they could. Everyone’s favorite characters make an appearance at the live show including loveable Lou and Andy, Vicky Pollard, Sebastian Love, and Dafydd the only gay in the village.’ What’s also nice is that Tom Baker is back for the voice over’s creating new dialogue for the show, and series regulars Samantha Power and Paul Putner join the entire live show as well. A special surprise guest, Anthony Head joins the show as the Prime Minister as he did in the series, and was great to see him on the DVD, as he’s not always at the live shows due to scheduling conflicts. What impressed me most, well besides the hilarity of both Lucas and Walliams, is that the show’s continuity was brilliant. Run like a true theater show, sets go on and off the stage very quickly and the cast jump in and out costumes in 30 seconds to get back out for the next sketches. It’s also nice that the guys come out of character at some points during the show and kind of riff and improv for the crowd which can be just as funny as the written material. Some of the stand out sketches for me that made tears run down my face was the Carol “Computer Says No” Beers and Des Kaye sketch. I won’t spoil all the fun for you because that’s the whole point of the DVD but let’s say Des Kaye (Walliams) gets very naughty with some crowd participation. The whole show is hysterical though.
Besides the live show, the DVD set includes a wonderful selection of extra features including making the dvd, behind the scenes of the live show, deleted scenes and extra sketches shot for the Blackpool show that was used for the DVD. The one documentary that I enjoyed the most was the 1 hour documentary about David Walliams’s adventure while working on the live show and working on new material for the Christmas Special, was his preparation and eventual swim of the English Channel from Dover, England to the shores of France. Narrated by his partner on the show, Matt Lucas, the special starts filming 9 months prior to the big event and chronicles his journey as he prepares to do something that not many people have done, swim in feces and sewage to the shores of France. It just amazes me that someone could swim over 20 km through cold, disgusting water for 11 hours give or take.
Seeing Little Britain Live was one of the highlights of my recent holiday to London and I’m glad the whole world can watch this DVD and enjoy the many laughs that had witnessed while I was over there. It certainly made the trip more memorable, and it’s one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen and can only hope the duo keeps it going, perhaps to HBO for us bloody Americans.
-Commentary by Matt Lucas and David Walliams
-Exclusive Lou & Andy in Blackpool sketch
-Little Britain’s Big Swim and deleted scenes
-Making the DVD
-Making the show
-Miniature U.K. tour program
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
Widescreen 16:9 Color Enhanced (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Des Kaye, Lou and Andy, Carol Beers, Vicky Pollard, Mr. Man, Dafydd the only gay in the village.
Running Time: 78 minutes