Jack Dee Live At The Apollo, BBC1

by | Sep 6, 2004 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

The master of miserablism returns with an array of top guests

What to say if you didn’t like it

A washed-up comic props up a show of has been guests

What was good about it?

• It’s always refreshing to have Jack back on our screens as nobody can moan with such mordancy.

What was bad about it?

• Joan Rivers was the special guest.

• Joan Rivers opened her mouth.

• Joan talked about insignificant American celebrities in her routine that exhibited the same laziness of those film ads where the voiceover is in an American


• The audience applauded Joan’s pitiful jokes far too often.

• Some of the jokes seemed to have been born and bred in America (“Italians get the biggest rings as they take them off dead people”), but died in Britain.

• Joan’s face was so forcefully fastened to her scalp that it would serve more use to society were it to be pulled tightly over a burning chip pan to smother the flames.

• The cameras would zoom on to “celebrities” (such as Jo Guest and someone from Holby City) who, even compared to the American “celebrities” Joan twittered on about,

are but microscopic viruses. And Joan was rivalled in the wrecked celebrity stakes by Liam Gallagher.

• At the end of her performance, Joan was still breathing.

• One of the best bits of the last Jack Dee series was when the audience would leave little video messages before the show and then Jack would mercilessly mock them. This has been adapted, but now they “send” Jack text messages. However, far too many of the “messages” seemed to be scripted intros for a gag.

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