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Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand-Up Ever
Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand Up Ever
Filmed live at The Stand, Glasgow for DVD
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Winner of the 2008 Chortle award for best show
Original Review:Fatherhood has had a calming influence on Stewart Lee. The potent combination of raw, visceral bitterness and powerful, combative intellect has been softened; no longer does he make mincemeat of sacred cows, now we have sarcasm-drenched grumpiness at the dumbing down of Britain.
It means his 2007 show doesn’t have the searing intensity and fearless, uncomfortable edge of his most commanding work, but still offers an irritable, petulant whine at the way of the world.
Public opinion is what most vexes him this time around, prompted at his own ranking in a meaningless Channel 4 poll of great stand-ups. His mother, utterly uninterested in comedy, is duly unimpressed, given she has already witnessed the pinnacle of comic genius: Tom O’Connor on a cruise ship.
Lee is dismissive of the consensus taste. Is Del Boy falling through a bar really the funniest thing ever? He reels of a list of infinitely better moments of TV comedy – all less suited to the instant format of packaged clip shows – each time childishly mocking the British public mewling pathetically that the pratfall is still their favourite, until he is reduced to a foetal, impotent ball, curled up on the filthy Udderbelly floor.
This is a routine that’ll be loved by comedy aficionados, as other digs at everyone from Russell Brand to Al Murray reinforce. Lee likes to work the niche, himself. Cracking an obscure comic-book reference that only two lads get, he does a brief follow-up routine just for them, defiantly working ‘the thinnest edge of the wedge possible’.
Lee’s stock-in-trade, though, is the slow, tedious repetition of his points – testing the audience’s patience, but also getting the laughs as they realise that’s exactly what he’s doing. It makes for a slow start, agonising but knowingly funny, until it’s revealed as a teasing build-up to more considered argument. Patience is rewarded.
Given his take on populism, you can imagine Lee’s take on Celebrity Big Brother and the broadcaster that peddles it – inconveniently, also the sponsor of his venue – especially in the light of him having his own stand-up series unceremoniously dumped by BBC Two before he had even started filming His unique material on a ubiquitous topic, the Jade Goody racism row, opens out into his own tongue-in-cheek observations of why Muslims made him fat.
Then, with consummate skill, every element of the preceding hour slots cleanly into place, giving a satisfying overview of the fundamental folly of bowing to public opinion - that the public are, en masse, idiots. But then Lee demonstrates that he’s above acting like an idiot himself if it gets a laugh… especially if it eminates from the belly of his tiny son.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
I was lucky enough to see Stewart Lee in Newcastle this month, i have no have no problem with saying he was bloody brilliant! Very talented stand-up to say the least
Brilliant show. Seen it twice now (first was for part of his pilot BBC show). Steve Bennett's review is absolutely spot on. I'm sure there are a handful of people who won't fully understand the show. But then, they're not Stew's natural audience.
Saw Stewart Lee last night at The Soho Theatre. I was a bit concerned after reading the comments on here giving it a disappointing review, however I have to say I have never laughed so hard for an hour. Absolutely fantastic stuff.
Oh dear, sorry to burst the bubble. I was very very disappointed (especially since I'd bulled it up to three other other couples) . We saw Stewart Lee's "41st Best" show on Friday 17 Aug at The Fringe. A few clever bits admittedly but overall it was a very lacklustre show, pedestrian and repetitive with very little laughter or engagement. On the way out, a stranger asked me if the show had been funny; he didn't think so either. We (8 friends) agreed it was the worst hour we'd spent in four years at the Ed Fringe. I hope this was just a bad day.
He's an excellent stand-up, perfectly able to hold and audience captive and subtly use all the tricks of the trade. But this show doesn't quite hold together, and the venom seems a bit misdirected (Celebrity Big Brother? Del Boy?) which blunts it somewhat. But you'll laugh quite a bit, and come away satisfied.
One of those annoying Channel 4 airspace filling talking non entity heads decided that Stewart Lee is the 41st Best Stand Up Ever. But what does that mean?? Stewart Lee explores this in the show, along with gentle rambles about the annoying things parents say, comedy about insects, telly in general and an assortment of long running gags. If you like Stewart Lee you'll like this, but I found the long running stuff a bit dull and repetitive, and left feeling a rather nonplussed. I'd expected more edgy daring stuff, but not this time! 3 stars/5
I saw this show at the Liverpool comedy festival on monday 18/6/07. It confirms everything I already knew about Stewart Lee and more. One word: genius!
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