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If you've laughed at his wordless antics as the beleauguered Mr. Bean, wait'll you hear him talk! This live 1991 Boston performance showcases Rowan Atkinson's remarkably versatile talent as he rolls through hilarious characters and routines, including a couple that Bean fans are sure to recognize. 1991/color/60 min/NR/fullscreen.


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  • Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Angus Deayton
  • Directors: Thomas Schlamme
  • Writers: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton, Richard Curtis
  • Producers: Andre Ptaszysnki, Jason Harper, Jeff Ross, Peter Bennett-Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QXDD2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rowan Atkinson Live!" on IMDb

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By tropic_of_criticism on February 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Though a concert video, this is much more than a stand-up routine.
It's a series of discrete sketches much more akin to Gilda Radner's 1980 GILDA concert than, say, an evening with Bill Cosby or Chris Rock. Unlike GILDA, however, which largely recycled familiar characters from another medium, the material here is entirely original. Indeed, it's so unexpectedly novel that you'll be glad you bought this video, whether you're a rabid Atkinson fan or you've never heard of him.
Perhaps more than any other single work of his, this concert video showcases all of Rowan Atkinson's nuanced talents. From the sublime "Welcome to Hell" sketch in which Atkinson has the duty of being a sort of genteel maitre d'-cum-camp-counselor for recently-arrived souls, to the encore sketch in which he wordlessly and near-proplessly makes you believe he's playing an elaborate drum set plagued by a rambunctious cat, Atkinson's range is put fully on display here.
A concern for non-Britons is whether they'll really understand the humor. On this score, Atkinson triumphs again, because he's deliberately chosen universal events to build his sketches around. Of the bits on offer, only two might wade in unfamiliar waters. One centers around the nature of being a headmaster at a British public (private) school, and the other deals with the difficulty of staying awake during a church service and may not be fully funny to non-Christians.
These possible difficulties aside, Atkinson is far easier to add to your video collection than most comedians, because he deliberately avoids topical humor. Instead, he crafts timeless sketches that will be just as funny 50 years from now as they are today.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Michelle R. Parker on August 14, 2007
Format: DVD
Some may be wondering, I know I was. This edition contains the US version, which ends with the drum skit which is not in the UK version, But the DVD also contains as Bonus Features the skits that were in the UK version but not on the US. So it's the best of both worlds!

I'd seen the US version long ago on television, then managed to aquire a copy of the UK version, not knowing they were different, and I've thought I've been dreaming the drum skit all this time. It's nice to finally have everyting in a nice DVD presentation. This is one of my favorite comedy DVDs.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Singh on September 4, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
My family owned the VHS version of 'Rowan Atkinson Live' several years ago, and it is singularly the best comic act I have ever seen.

This is genuinely one of those tapes you can watch over and over and over, and never ever get sick of. I remember how I'd almost memorized a few of the sketches having watched them so many times! (Yeah, it sounds lame, but if you watch this work of art, you'll see just what I'm talking about.)

My personal favorite acts are 'Pink Tights and Plenty of Props', 'A Warm Welcome', the Indian restaurant one (I forget the name) and the priest/bestman/father-in-law one (again, I can't remember the name). But really, not one of these acts won't make you fall off your seat laughing; they're all absolute and pure genius. If you still have a VHS tape player in these days of high-end digital media, make it a point to buy this right now.

Incidentally, the reason I don't remember the names of so many acts is that I haven't seen this tape in years! Literally about five or six years, since it got lost and VHS became relatively obsolete.

People of Amazon, please please PLEASE bring this title out on DVD, for the sake of the general community at large. The reviews for this product are phenomenal, as they should be, and I have no doubt that the DVDs will sell like hotcakes. I for one am in love with Atkinson's genius acts that I haven't seen in years, and will lap it up straightaway.

Buy this product.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 5, 2004
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Rowan Atkinson is a marvel of physical, scatological, and intellectual humor, a combination virtually unknown in the world today. This stage show is not generally a rehashing of things seen before (although "It Started With A Sneeze" is taken directly from an episode of "Mr. Bean") but is a unique and original group of works designed to highlight all of Atkinson's amazing comedic talents.

My favorite of the skits is "A Warm Welcome" in which Atkinson plays the Devil ("...but you can call me 'Toby'...") welcoming new arrivals. The best line (and the one that got the most laughs) in the show is when he summons "the French" out for special treatment. I am also fond of the amazing physical dexterity involved in "Invisible Man" and "A Final Bash". He is always great as a sadistic straight man, and his portrayal in "Fatal Beatings" is delightful. He returns as another evil headmaster in "No One Called Jones" which also shows his ability to handle more scatological humor with dexterity. For all around amusement, his portrayal as a hammy amateur actor in "Pink Tights And Lots Of Props" is delightful, and went over hugely well in front of a college audience, as you might expect.

Five stars without question, although there are a few off color and offensive excesses I could have done without. Noteworthy also is the performance by Angus Deayton, the straight man in the two man sketches. This is a comic tour-de-force, and is not to be missed.
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