Frankie Boyle Live DVD

Saturday, 08 November 2008 09:57

Metro hit it on the nail when they said that “Frankie Boyle is notable for his ability to remain likeable yet savagely funny”. 4DVD have taken the chance to capture his live act for late-night Christmas consumption, and this is a session that, for the broad-minded, simply is the best stand-up DVD since Eddie Izzard was at his peak.

The caustic Caledonian will not be to everyone’s taste, with what can only be described as a machine-gun succession of raspy observations where everyone on Earth could be a target! Coming to everyone’s attention with his regular appearances on BBC2’s satirical comedy show Mock The Week, Boyle is rightly one of the hottest comedians in the UK – and from that programme the one that everyone wants to see live, as his current tour has sold out at one venue after another.

Frankie Boyle Live on DVDRecorded live earlier this year at London’s Hackney Empire theatre, there are no gimmicks to this performance, just the sharp-suited Scotsman providing well-observed comic commentary on current affairs, inbetween candidly ripping members of the audience to shreds in a way that has them laughing along rather than contemplating sorting him out later on!

It will be interesting to see how this show is handled if it ever makes it to TV, as Frankie constantly ventures onto thin ice with outrageous jibes tempered with equal measures of cheek and charm. He targets everyone from Anne Widdecombe to Amy Winehouse with scathing aplomb.

DVD extras include an exclusive commentary with Frankie and friends “road-testing herbal highs”, all five “Rush Hour” sketches and a documentary - Frankie’s very own behind-the-scenes tour of Scotland titled “F**k Off Scotland”, which will give viewers a glimpse of some of the unseen wonders of the North.

Having first come to fame in 1996 after winning The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award, Boyle started out on BBC’s The Standup Show in 1995. In addition to his appearances on ITV’s Trevor McDonald’s Newsknight, 8 out of 10 Cats, QI, Law of the Playground, Would I Lie To You?, and Live at the Apollo to name but a few, Frankie is firmly established in the British world of comedy, and you can see his star only rising from now on.

His current live tour began a year ago and keeps getting extended due to phenomenal demand from fans across the country. He has played to over 100,000 fans live so far this year. Full details of where Frankie is playing in the coming months can be found at .

With a 90 minute run time, and a deserved “18” Certificate (but for all the right reasons), this single DVD from 4DVD hits the shelves on Monday 10 November 2008, priced £19.99 – or less from

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