At 1/23/09 06:18 AM, NEVR wrote:
Bought and watched Bill Bailey's "Tinselworm" yesterday. It's good, but despite the fact that it's performed at Wembley, I don't think it's his best work. I still prefer Part Troll if I'm honest. By the end of Tinselworm he started getting a little too carried away with the music rather than the comedy, as if he were a rock star as opposed to a comedian... :S
To be honest I think Tinselworm is very poor. Theres a couple of things that make me laugh, but theres so, so much that doesn't. It was like he was trying too hard or just generally not being very funny. All of Part Troll was hilarious (and all of Cosmic Jam and most of Bewilderment too), even when he played music it was very funny.
And I really want to like Tinselworm and after being disappointed when I saw the show in Glasgow I was hoping the DVD would turn out better.
I think its due to the big arena thing, I think certain comedians can pull it off and others are just best in smaller venues. It felt so impersonal to watch Bill in Glasgow and Wembly must have been even worse. And when I saw Stewart Lee in a tiny little theater in Hudd I was in agony from laughing (granted I prefer Lee and he's hardly well known, but the vibe was so much better for comedy).
Bill doesn't have the kind of personality for huge arenas, he's more surreal and quietly intelligent and I don't think that works in places like that. People like Lee Evans and Peter Kay do it well but they're loud and exciting and its joke, joke, joke.
Just my thoughts :).