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Sadie Nine: Sex, Drugs and Sausage Rolls
Searching For Harry
Shazia Mirza: Wish You Were Here?
Sheila Hamilton: My Granny Was A Leprechaun
Shelley Cooper: It Could Be You
Simon Farnaby: Lessons Learned Driving a Tractor
Simon Munnery's AGM
Simon Munnery: Buckethead
Simon Woodroffe - How I Got My Yo!
Skinny No Foam
Slaves Of Starbucks
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So You Think You're Funny Final
So You Think You're Funny semi-finals
Sol Bernstein: Almost Alive II
Son Of Barnum: A Stunt Too Far
Sprout Presents Premiere
Stand Up For Freedom
Stephen K Amos
Steve Hughes At War With Satan
Steve Nallon's Adventures In Wonderland
Steven Alan Green: Service Not Included
Stickmen: Year One
Still Seriously Funny
Strange And Treacherous Comedy
Suki Webster: Body-Part Double
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Swearing Is Both Big And Clever
Fourth best stand-up of his generation returns for his seventeenth fringe after three years pissing about with singers in Jerry Springer - The Opera.
Even on his 17th visit to the Fringe, the sublime Stewart Lee is one of the most intelligent, skilful and original comic voices on offer. But even so, he's not quite as funny as a fart.
That the expulsion of waste gas is the most hilarious thing imaginable is just one of the many theses he painstakingly explains in this comedy masterclass. It sounds a puerile subject, but Lee's technique is to treat it with such a considered, measured gravity you trick yourself into thinking it must be serious and important, even when he suggests farting as a solution to world peace.
The gap between this elevated approach and the juvenile subject is where the comedy lies, especially when he punctures his own thoughtful solemnity at the routine's end. Not that it's just the wonderful lines that get a laugh, the languid pauses and quiet build-ups build such anticipation that you're suppressing chuckles before the punchline even arrives.
Lee is nothing if not a superlative technician, yet original enough to follow his own comic blueprint rather that reaching for the universal ploys found in the pages of teach-yourself stand-up manuals. In fact, when he does feel the need to employ, say, the rule of three (that being the optimum number of items in any list for most impact eg, 'an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman', or 'ein volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer'), he knowingly deconstructs and subverts the idea, keeping the audience in on the joke.
Another example is that 9/11 to Britons should mean November 9 an observation made by many a comic in the three years the date became significant. Yet Lee mentions it so relentlessly that we are beaten into submission by the very repetition more than the actual gag itself. Exaggerating to comic effect is another staple, but Lee takes even that to such ridiculous extremes that it becomes a rich, unique pleasure.
He has fairly strong views on most aspects of comedy's structure and execution, as demonstrated by the ridiculously funny overanalysis of a pun he made to film director Ang Lee, who misunderstood the entire concept of wordplay and thus sparked a huge row laced with accusations of racism.
That subject is hinted at again when Lee launches a savage, unrestrained broadside at the Scottish, belittling their nation, beliefs and heroes in a deliberate wind-up. But this low-level racism is perfectly acceptable, he ironically claims, since he's 'Scotch' himself at least by birth if not upbringing. Ethnic comics everywhere should take note of the sarcasm.
Not that he's shy about naming and shaming who he considers comedy's worst practitioners, likening Graham Norton to 'a pink jackboot stomping on a human face for all eternity' but reserving his most vitriolic scorn for Ben Elton, who he considers slightly less popular than Osama Bin Laden, because at least the terrorist mastermind lived his life according to a strict moral code.
Lee has something in common with Elton, of course, having once been at the vanguard of a stand-up movement and now the writer of a West End show. But that's where the similarities, thankfully, end, with Lee still on top of his game, and true to his original voice. Anyone serious about comedy should watch and learn.
Never afraid to sit back and take his time with the regaling of stories, Stew's show raises points that definitely linger with you well after the show has ended. One of the best comics around, it was an absolute treat to witness his show this year.
I fouund the show really disapointing. I cant remember laughing more than a couple of times. The jokes were so old and you could see the punchlines a mile off. Not impressed at all.
I can't believe that this show was reviewed so well. The material was weak and hypocritical, and outstandingly unoriginal. Its amazing that he even could have considered finishing with the ET story. Predictable and unfunny.
Stewart Lee: 90s Comedian
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
Stewart Lee: Pea Green Boat
Stewart Lee's Badly Mapped World
A Seriously Funny Attempt To Get The SFO in The Dock
At Last! The 1981 Show
Ha Ha Hammersmith II
Malcolm Hardee tribute show
Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People
Stewart Lee: What Would Judas Do?
Teenage Cancer Trust Benefit 2007
Ten Best Stand-ups In The World Ever. Gig 1
Jerry Springer The Opera, Cambridge Theatre
Jerry Springer: The Opera, National Theatre
Johnson and Boswell: Late But Live
Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand-Up Ever
Stewart Lee: Scrambled Egg
Stewart Lee: If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One
Stewart Lee: Silver Stewbilee
Stewart Lee: Vegetable Stew
Stewart Lee: Flickwerk 2011. Work In Progress
Stewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World
Stewart Lee: Much A-Stew About Nothing