Reviewed by Jamie Hailstone
If there is one thing I did not want to watch it was a bunch of cheesy Americans with their self proclaimed "appealing comedy for the whole family". I have never really liked watching stand-ups on the small screen; I prefer to see them in the flesh and catch that all-important comedy club vibe. To paraphrase the late Bob Monkhouse, they all laughed when they said there was going to be Christian comedy, but who's laughing now? So hats off to Bananas host Thor Ramsey, Joby Saad and the whole Bananas comedy club for coming up with something which is definitely not cheesy and above all, darn funny. Thor sets the tone with a brilliant routine about Valentine's Day and Mother's Day cards, which will strike a chord with everyone. Joby Saad, also known as the Village Idiot, then takes centre stage for a mixture of stand-up, mime and sketches. His style of physical humour is very similar to Britain's own Lee Evans. He has also performed with some of the biggest names in the US, including Tim Allen and Adam Sandler, but don't hold that against him. The sketches do not work as well as the stand-up comedy, and tend to detract from the flow of his routines, which include a superb one man version of a James Bond movie. If you like Jim Carrey or Ardal O'Hanlon, then you will love this guy. Not only is he a million times cleaner than Bernard Manning, but he's also a million times funnier too.
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