Christmas Gift Guide: 100 Presents You Need To Buy

Stand Up Comedy

And finally, the usual line-up of stand-up comedy DVDs and blu-rays, thinned out to just the best of this year’s offerings…

90. Peter Kay Live & Back On Nights

He’s back! After the biggest-selling stand-up DVD of 2011, Peter Kay is back with even more brand-new live comedy taken from his Guinness world record breaking eighteen-month tour across the UK.

We also take a unique and often hilarious look behind the scenes at life on the road as Peter reveals how he created his mammoth tour, playing 140 shows to 1.2 million people, officially making it one of the most successful stand-up comedy tours of all time.

Includes over 55 minutes of new live stand-up.

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91. Rhod Gilbert – The Man With The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo

Following several sell-out UK tours, and two best-selling DVDs, multi award-winning stand-up comedian RHOD GILBERT returns with his eagerly awaited new LIVE DVD.

Rhod’s rants on life’s minor irritations are legendary, but this year, thanks to a life-changing Battenberg tattoo, and following a successful course of anger-management he’s claiming to be a more mellow fellow altogether.

In this brand new show, Rhod recounts the hilarious and turbulent lead-up to a make-or-break trip to New York with his on-off girlfriend. But has Rhod really changed? Will the new, supposedly chilled-out Rhod get his girl and live happily ever after, or will it be microwaved baked potato for one again? Could it be the Mr Angry of comedy as you’ve never seen him before?

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92. Ross Noble – Nonsensory Overload

Prepare your mind for a ‘Nonsensory Overload’ with this brand new 3 disc DVD from the uniquely talented Ross Noble.

With a limitless imagination, and unmatched talent for abstract, laugh out loud streams of consciousness, no two nights in Ross’s company are the same. A household name, Ross’s on-stage exuberance, spontaneity and cerebral style have established him as one of Britain’s best-loved cult-comedians.

Packed full of more hilarious shows from the multi-award winning stand-up, ‘Nonsensory Overload’ includes 5 hours of live gags all new to DVD, including shows from Canberra in Australia, The Hay Festival and Hammersmith Apollo in London. As if that wasn’t enough you will also find a Best of Tour feature-giving an exclusive insight into Ross’s favourite tour moments, plus more live footage of Ross at ‘Laughs in the Park’ filmed at the Verulamium Park in St Albans.
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93. Dara O Briain – Craic Dealer

The Brilliantly Funny Dara O Briain In His Funniest Show Yet.

Get this year’s comedy fix from the mighty Dara O Briain’s highly anticipated new tour, Dara O Briain: Craic Dealer. The host of Mock the Week (BBC ONE), The Apprentice You’re Fired! (BBC TWO) and star of Three Men In A Boat (BBC TWO) returns this year with his funniest Live show to date, proving why Dara is regarded as one of the comedy greats by audiences and fellow comedians alike. The ‘downright funny’ Dara O Briain is at the peak of his career in this hilarious new show, making it a must-own for any discerning comedy fan.

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94. Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues

Kevin Bridges: The Story Continues… sees Kevin return to The SECC to perform a record-breaking run of ten sold out nights to over 75,000 ecstatic fans. Recorded on a Saturday night in Glasgow, Kevin is in his element, as this home town gig shows off his no nonsense approach to comedy. He cuts through the niceties with his Glaswegian man in the street charm to the next chapter of his epic comedic journey.

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95. Michael McIntyre – Showtime

Showtime! is Michael McIntyre at his breathtaking best. Following his two record-breaking DVDs, Live and Laughing and Hello Wembley, Michael returns with his most hilarious show yet. Recorded during his phenomenal 10 night run at the O2 in London and part of his 71-date arena tour playing to over 700,000 fans, Michael raises the bar once again with his relentless energy and razor-sharp observations that has the crowd roaring with laughter.

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96. Jon Richardson – Funny Magnet

There’s nothing like great comedy at Christmas, and what better way to celebrate this than with the one of the most eagerly awaited comedy DVDs of the year. Jon Richardson, host of Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week, team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, best-selling author, raconteur, and modern day heart-throb is guaranteed to provide laughs-a-plenty in his debut DVD Funny Magnet.

Funny Magnet sees everyone’s favourite grumpy young man and perennial singleton take to the stage to discuss the everyday occurrences which have a profound effect on his misanthropic outlook on life. Jon works his pessimism and irritability with some hilarious consequences, and makes the audience give in to his magnetism with his loveable vivacious delivery. This is set to become the break-through must have stand-up comedy performance of the year, and is sure to please both younger and older audiences alike. 

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97. Mrs Brown’s Boys Series 1-2 & Christmas Special

Brace yourself for a rollercoaster ride of merriment with the ultimate Christmas Craic-er. Ease your parents’ in-law worries or Turkey-roasting tension with the invaluable worldly wisdom of Dublin’s most outlandish matriarch in BAFTA award-winning comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys. This is the only place you can buy The Christmas Special which sees the brilliant Mrs Brown trying to lay on the Christmas to end all Christmases. The DVD also features Mrs Brown’s Christmas Quiz, so you can crown the family’s biggest fan.

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98. Mrs Brown’s Boys Live

Get ready to experience everyone’s favourite mother hen at her most outrageous in her very first Live Tour DVD. Prepare for a riot of bad behaviour as you see Mrs Brown Live and unleashed for the first time in a show jam packed with all the laughs and drama you can expect from the mother of all comedy.

Featuring your favourite characters from the series, the live show is even ruder and cruder than the hit TV show and guaranteed loads of big laughs.

So if you loved Mrs Brown’s Boys the series you will love Mrs Brown’s Boys Live Tour: Good Mourning Mrs Brown – Too rude for TV.

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99. Jack Dee Live Stand-Up Collection 2012

Jack Dee’s Stand-Up Collection 2012 features four stand-up comedy performances from the legendary, and legendarily grumpy stand-up star.

  • Live at the London Palladium,
  • Live and Uncut
  • Live at the Apollo
  • Live Again

Plus, for the first time on DVD, the 2012 Stand-Up Collection includes The Best of Jack Dee’s Happy Hour.

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100. Lee Evans Complete Live Comedy Collection 1994-2011

The new Lee Evans: Complete Live Comedy Collection 1994-2011 is an 8-disc DVD box set featuring all of Lee’s stand-up DVDs including the smash hit Roadrunner – Live at the O2–plus, for the first time ever, see Lee come to life in front of you with this special augmented reality packaging.

Includes the following hilarious stand-up shows:

  • Live at Her Majesty’s Theatre (1994)
  • Live from the West End (1995)
  • Different Planet Tour (1996)
  • Live in Scotland (1998)
  • Wired & Wonderful – Live at Wembley (2002)
  • XL Tour 2005 Live (2005)
  • Big – Live at the O2 (2008)
  • Roadrunner – Live at the O2 (2011)

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So there you have it – the bumperest Christmas Gift Guide we have ever published. Happy shopping!