For more than 20 years, hosts Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams have brought the worlds best comedic talents to the mic in an annual charitable event unmatched by any comedy festival or tour to date – all have given their best and given it freely.
This collection presents the best of 20 years of Comic Relief.
Comic Relief: The Greatest… 8.0
eyelights: the massiveness of this best-of compilation.
eyesores: the brevity of each individual set.
I guess sometimes you need to take a break from what’s currently on your plate, and that’s when this ‘Comic Relief’ disc came in for me; while I love horror films, it’s nice to change the channel sometimes.
This particular disc is part of a 2-disc set that includes ‘Comic Relief: …The Latest‘ disc. I decided to split them because they’re very separate products, one being a complete show, an actual moment in time, and the other being a compilation
In short, this is a highlight reel of clips from the first 20 years of Comic Relief, featuring Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams. It serves up so many performers (albeit briefly) that it’s virtually impossible to comment on or rate each one.
But here’s a complete (?) list of the comedians, should you want to see if your favourite(s) are on it before you check this programme out:
Penn & Teller
It’s all pretty funny, as one would expect from a “best of” set. Bizarrely, the least interesting bits were the “show-stopping” numbers by Crystal/Goldberg/Williams. Maybe I’m just not getting the spirit in which they hosted the Comic Relief fundraising spectacles, but I found them mostly boring – although not tedious as in the other disc.
So if you want well over two hours of laughs of all kinds or if you’re interested in discovering many of the United States’ most well-known stand-up comedians, then this is a terrific item. But be fore-warned: it comes with the ghastly afore-mentioned other disc, whose name shall be mentioned nevermore.
Still, at a low price-point or as a rental, ‘Comic Relief: The Greatest…’ is worth also having that coaster taking up space on the bookshelf.
Date of viewing: October 6, 2012