Dr. Phil’s debut DVD, “Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show“, is now available from Amazon.co.uk, Play.com and others.
Phil Hammond is a comedian trapped in a doctor’s body. He is Private Eye’s medical correspondent and possibly the only comic to have performed at a Public Inquiry. Dr Phil has done plenty of Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, The One Show and Countdown but still finds time to see patients (Mondays only). In his live show, he is disarmingly rude about politicians, doctors, death, drugs, sex and especially himself, and encourages people to pleasure themselves in a safe and sustainable way. He has yet to be struck off, but he has been reported to the General Medical Council by William Hague’s Press Secretary. Dr Phil has a wife, two kids, two dogs, two cats, two ponies (retired), a penis enlarger (retired), three excellent books and companion DVD, all of which can be purchased at www.drphilhammond.com Free swabs and sick notes with orders over £10
‘Thought provoking, scalpel- sharp stand up.’ The Independent
‘A tremendous show. Sceptical, irreverent and very funny.’ Time Out
‘Great to have a pint with, but you wouldn’t want him as your doctor.’ The Times
I’ve been a fan of Dr Phil since I saw him at Edinburgh in the junior doctor double-act Struck Off and Die in 1990. He’s matured a bit since then – his humour is less aggressive and his hair is less ginger, but his delivery is effortless and the range of material he covers (from pubic to public inquiries) is impressively broad. Like his books, Dr Phil’s live show is `comedy with a message’ which may irritate those who like their comics just to be funny. But Dr Phil is never preachy – he just believes that the NHS is dangerous (`£110 billion a year and it’s still no safer than bungee jumping’) and we (patients) need to stand up for ourselves if we don’t want to end up `snoring in the mortuary.’
Much of the material is taken from his current tour but there’s an utterly shameless and fearless description his brush with the clap that was new to me. The mock consultation extras are also a treat. This is light-years from a medical student review, possibly because Dr Phil is light-years from being a medical student. The material is dark and dangerous at times, but there’s a philosophical edge and poignancy that suggests it is possible to survive medical training with your empathy intact. But only if you have a sense of humour. Dr Phil apparently still works as a GP (`because I need the material’) and writes for Private Eye but has somehow only had one brush with the GMC (thanks to William Hague’s Press Secretary). Highly recommended for doctors, patients and anyone considering becoming either.
Dr Phil’s fllow up DVD, Confessions of a Doctor, is out in Autumn 2010
Following the extraordinary success of his debut DVD, Dr Phil is back with an on-stage confession of all those personal and professional cock-ups that have made him a GP, and thankfully not a heart surgeon. Farting in theatre, falling asleep with a penis enlarger on, making a Jimmy Saville wig for the Pope and the asymmetrical lady-part repair….. By way of balance, he’s included other people’s disasters too…. the turnip birth, the Shrove Tuesday severance, the bedside flambé and the breaking in through the pantry window and slipping onto the ketchup bottle incident. Effortlessly suave and deliciously vulgar in equal measure, this is an ideal gift for doctors and anyone foolish enough to use them.
Note: Not suitable for anyone on the Fitness to Practice Committee of the General Medical Council
Dr Phil (MA (Cantab) MB BChir MRCGP DGM) is a GP, journalist, broadcaster and possibly the only comic to have appeared at a Public Inquiry.
Also by Dr Phil:
Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show (a companion DVD)
Sex, Sleep or Scrabble? (a saucy pleasure manual)
Trust Me, I’m (Still) a Doctor (a Private Eye whistle-blower’s diary)
Medicine Balls (a comic prescription to save the NHS)