The breakthrough stand-up comedy stars you don’t want to miss on DVD. Remember you saw them at zavvi first…

Everyone likes to be in on the latest thing, like claiming they were at the Sex Pistols debut gig at the 100 club, or that they knew Lady Gaga when she was a man (joke!) – so who’s Comedy DVD should you be buying now to know the are the comedy names you should be dropping now, lest you forever appear out of the loop?

Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert is a laconic Welsh stand up, best known for his appearances on Mock The Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. But it was his risky appearance on the 80th Royal Variety performance that got him noticed – it’s not every new comic who opens his set by asking Prince Charles if his kids are vandalizing local bus shelters (HRH does have a house near Gilbert’s – though it’s unlikely Wills and Harry use the bus).

“I think it was one of the bits that people remember about the evening,” Gilbert told an interviewer, “the cheeky Welsh bloke having a bit of a pop. I don’t think anyone remembers the rest of the set or the material.”

That may be true, but very few of his live audience members forget his hilariously laid back, often surreal style in the vein of Dylan Moran and Sean Lock. His new DVD, Rhod Gilbert and the Award Winning Mince Pie, is massively outselling those of other big name comedians, and it’s not just because of the Christmassy title.

One act who’s been at it longer than most newcomers is Andy Parsons. A veteran comedy writer for Spitting Image, Parsons has moved his mug in front of the camera for brainy shows like QI and Live at the Apollo. His debut stand up DVD Britain’s Got Idiots is a razor sharp critique of the UK’s celeb obsessed culture, from a seasoned and spiky political stand up.

Viewers of 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo will recognize Jason Manford as that comedian who looks a bit like Peter Kay, and fans of Peter Kay could do worse than check out the hilarious Salford lad and his DVD filmed in front of his home town crowd in Manchester ‘Jason Manford – Live at the Apollo’.  His brand of cheeky story-telling and observations on every day life is a solid bet for lovers of Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Michael McIntyre.

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