The best comedy DVDs of 2011

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A roundup of the best comedy shows released for your home-viewing pleasure in 2011

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Each year a seemingly infinite amount of live stand-up comedy DVDs are churned out, many to cash in on the Christmas market. At Time Out, we spent hour upon hour sifting through the 2011 releases to find the top ten, which are now available to buy and be treasured for eternity (or at least until DVDs become obsolete).


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These stand-up DVDs didn't make the top ten. Some narrowly missed out, others fell way short. Nethertheless this bunch of live discs were all released in 2011.

  • Adam Hills: Inflatable

    72 mins, Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre

    The charming Australian celebrates his birthday by performing his critcally acclaimed show in his home country. Joyful stuff.

  • Alan Carr: Spexy Beast Live

    95 mins, MEN Arena

    A homecoming gig in Manchester, where the 'Chatty Man' first performed stand-up. This time he's performing on a much grander scale, at the 11,000 capacity MEN Arena.

  • Andy Parsons: Gruntled Live 2011

    85 mins, Shepherd's Bush Empire

    Slick, political comedy and personal stories from the 'Mock The Week' regular.

  • Angelos Epithemiou & Friends Live

    80 mins, Birmingham HMV Institute

    The creation of Dan Skinner, you'll find lots of oddball humour on 'Shooting Stars' scorekeeper Epithemiou's first DVD, including the brilliant 'Cat Crept In' dance.

  • Billy Connolly: You Asked For It

    96 mins, Various venues

    A compilation of classic Connolly routines spanning his 46 years in the business.

  • Chris Addison Live

    80 mins, Bloomsbury Theatre

    The erudite, increasingly animated Addison's debut live DVD is intelligent and super-sharp.

  • Ed Byrne: Crowd Pleaser

    95 mins, Newcastle City Hall

    More witty observations from the crowdpleasing Irishman who focuses on fatherhood in this latest DVD.

  • Jason Manford: Live 2011

    81 mins, MEN Arena

    Everyman humour from the likeable Northerner and former 'One Show' presenter as he plays the MEN Arena.

  • Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos

    97 mins, Landmark Theatre, Richmond, VA, USA

    American ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's new DVD features his most famous characters: Achmed, Walter, Peanut etc. All of which are slightly offensive stereotypes.

  • Jimmy Carr: Being Funny

    101 mins, Birmingham Symphony Hall

    'I'm Jimmy Carr, these are my jokes, let's not fuck about' is Carr's opening line in this DVD. Indeed, this disc's an hour and a half of sharp, increasingly controversial one-liners.

  • John Bishop Live: Sunshine Tour

    75 mins, Liverpool Echo Arena

    A homecoming gig for the Liverpudlian powerhouse as he plays to thousands at the Echo Arena. Comedy on a grand scale with an all-dancing, pyro-filled finale.

  • Lee Evans: Roadrunner: Live At The O2

    125 mins, The O2

    Evans certainly puts on a show. His sweaty energy is relentless in these 2+ hours of relationship-based material. And in true showbiz style, he ends with a song.

  • Micky Flanagan: Out Out Tour Live

    85 mins, Southend Cliffs Pavillion

    This cockney charmer's debut DVD will surely be one of most popular this year. Flanagan's working-boy-done-good observations have the Essex theatre in stitches.

  • Milton Jones: Lion Whisperer

    68 mins, Bloomsbury Theatre

    Narrowly missing out on the Top 10, Milton Jones is a true master of the one-liner. There are tons of utterly superb jokes in this latest show.

  • Patrick Monahan Live

    76 mins, Bloomsbury Theatre

    As part of his prize for winning ITV1's 'Show Me The Funny' Monahan received a DVD deal. And here it is, recorded as part of the SMTF live tour.

  • Peter Kay Live: Tour That Didn't Tour Tour

    82 mins, The O2

    Super-sized stand-up from the northern comedy giant. Filmed at the O2 Arena, this is Kay's first new stand-up DVD in eight years.

  • Richard Herring: Christ on a Bike

    93 mins, Leicester Square Theatre

    Herring compares his life to the Messiah's in this resurrection of his 2001 Edinburgh Fringe show. Expect plenty of Bible deconstruction.

  • Ross Noble: Headspace Cowboy

    396 mins, Various Australian venues

    More than six and a half hours from the freewheeling Geordie on his Australian tour. Got to be the best value for money comedy DVD out there.

  • Rufus Hound: Being Rude

    70 mins, The 100 Club

    Those familiar with TV favourite Rufus Hound from his 'Celebrity Juice' work will be shocked at how unashamedly filthy he is in his debut live disc.

  • Russell Howard: Right Here Right Now

    92 mins, Hammersmith Apollo

    The 'Good News' star is on delightfully mischievous form in this show focusing on life's little triumphs. Uplifting comedy.

  • Russell Kane: Smokescreens & Castles Live

    76 mins, Westcliff-on-Sea Palace Theatre

    The energetic, skinny jeans-wearing comic performs his Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show.

  • Simon Donald: Comic to Comic

    128 mins, Newcastle Live Theatre

    'Viz' creator Simon Donald charts his journey from drawing comics to being one, with character comedy along the way.

  • Wil Hodgson: A Hatful of Hodgson

    80 mins, Chippenham Three Crowns Pub

    The true antidote to the vast array of arena-filmed DVDs available this year, Hodgson's disc is filmed in his local Chippenham pub to an audience of 50.

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