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Johnny Vegas: Who's Ready for Ice Cream? (2003)

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A brilliantly underrated piece of comedy gold.
23 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Johnny Vegas has lost his comedy talent. He's led the high life for too long, and has lost touch with the pain and brazen emotion that previously dominated his act. Enter Kai Rydell: Celebrity Fixer (along with his silent partner), who does Johnny the favour of kidnapping him and forcing him to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe in order to 'break him down' and bring back his comic talent.

Johnny Vegas may not be the greatest actor in the world, but it's hardly a demanding part for him. It seems that perhaps he benefits from the improvised script being a stand up comedian by trade, and he interacts well with all of the characters in the film. Incidentally, most of the actor's in this film are friends of Johhny's and appear in many of his show's e.g Tony Pitts (Kai Rydell) who can be seen on Johnny's 18 Stone Of Idiot show dressed as a giant bird.

The most laughs probably come from Tony Burgess (some might recognise him from Vegas's sitcom Ideal) who play's Tony Kenner, a struggling stand up comedian; whose raving's about food are priceless.

I'm a huge fan of Stewart Lee, he constantly writes and directs boundary pushing material, which is exactly what this film is. The camera work in this particular film gives it a 'fly on the wall' feeling, and the snippets of interviews with various people that Johnny Vegas has affected give the sense that he really has become hated within the stand-up community. To add an extra 'documentary' feel to the film; all of the stand up scenes where Johhny performs to an audience were shot at the 'Stand Up' Comedy Club during the Edinburgh Festival. This is a brilliant touch allowing small amounts of the Johnny Vegas that we have grown accustomed to over the years to shine through. What I really liked about this film is that it shows how Stand-Up Comedy DVD's don't always have to be the same. I have a huge collection of Stand-Up but not many go past the simple 'recording of a gig', let alone create an entire storyline. The DVD extra's are also worth a watch, including hilarious outtakes (usually because Vegas can't keep a straight face during his ordeals) and two short Stand Up shows which were shot at the same Comedy Club as in the film.

Overall I find this film to be one of the most surreal feature length comedy's I have ever seen. Before seeing this, I personally was not a huge fan of Johnny Vegas, However after seeing how talented and entertaining he can really be (albeit playing an exaggerated version of himself); I have re-evaluated his standing in my scale of great comedians.


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