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Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD]

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  • Actors: Stewart Lee
  • Directors: Tim Kirkby
  • Format: Closed-captioned, PAL, Surround Sound
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RD9OLE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,222 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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What can a sexless middle aged married man, whose life now consists mainly of watching Scooby Doo cartoons with a four year old boy, possibly find to write comedy about? Formerly stand-up s youthful iconoclast, Lee now gawps blankly at News 24 as Britain burns down around him, and blinks weirdly at the vast wayside retail outlets during endless journeys to and from increasingly indistinct provincial theatres. Once he lived on the pleasure planet. Now he is trapped in Carpet Remnant World. And so are you. Lee's new DVD (OUT 12/11/12) will feature a live recording (from Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre) of the 2012 show 'Carpet Remnant World' and some really good extras.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Stewart on 18 July 2013
Format: DVD
I was going to write a review for Stewart Lee's Carpet Remnant World, but I've been so busy with my life, I didn't have the time. Playing video games, watching funny clips on the internet, that's my life now. I've got nothing. Nothing.

But did you notice that Stewart had refined his dead-on, deconstructionist personality to a tee on this tour? Brilliantly pulling together seemingly disparate and dissolute threads, and weaving them into a cohesive whole in his typically sardonic, unflinchingly rigorous style.

As usual, there was a split in the audience between those who "get" him and those who've been catapulted along based on good reviews/the comedy award/having a moderately-successful show on late-night BBC 2. This time, whether artificially-induced or genuine, the gulf seemed almost insurmountable as those wanting a comedian to just say something funny and move on without taxing their intellects remained resolutely unreachable.

Stewart Lee, the alternative to comedy, is actually a master observer, but not in the vein of an "observational" comic; what he notices is the gaps in our reality, the chasm between the way things are and the way they could be. An entirely logical, rational world where it's eminently reasonable that Margaret Thatcher was responsible for the decay of our beloved jungle pirate zombie rope bridges. It's a semi-fictional creation, but where the line is between the two, only Stewart Lee knows.

I suppose, what I'm trying to say is that I can make a review by putting random points in a list.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JOT2011 on 28 Nov. 2012
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Anti-Top Gear jokes? Check.
An attack on the mainstream acts featured on shows like Mock the Week and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow? Check.
Unbelievably smug left-wing liberalism? Check.
Some of his best material? Debatable, but in my opinion yes.
One of the best stand-up acts ever? Absolutely.

If you enjoyed his TV show (Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle) or any of his other stand up DVDs you should really pick this up; you won't be disappointed.
If, on the other hand, you are a Top Gear fan, a Michael McIntyre fan, a Jimmy Carr fan or believe political correctness has gone mad you're probably not going to have much fun.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matt Black on 11 Jan. 2013
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Another solid entry in Stewart Lee's formidable catalogue, the clue to Carpet Remnant World is laid out early on - this isn't a collection of neat 'bits' that can seamlessly be woven into 'Best of' this or 'Top 100' that. Despite Lee's insistence he has nothing, this show has everything, as well he knows. Most curiously, this set explores among other things, the idea of Stewart Lee the character; beyond simple stand up, this is Lee as the stand up trying to perform stand up, simultaneously a comedy set and a commentary on the same set, from the eyes of a stand up trying and failing, but in doing so succeeding. It would be unfair, as well as an unforgivable cliche, to say you won't like it if you don't Get It, but there is certainly effort asked of the audience, and a masterful set delivered for your investment.

Four stars, then. Why? I felt the element of Lee the character, while brilliantly devised and executed, was more divisive and exclusive than it needed to be. Lee's always danced on the edge of comedy by definition and audience patience thresholds, and this occasionally feels like it does actually require the sense of loss from some of his audience for the rest to fully embrace it. That sense of exclusivity cooled the underlying warmth of his pretend bitterness. It's a petty criticism and one you probably won't be bothered by too much, but that - combined with two or three minor parts of the show that Lee's performed before - just stopped this from being as good as Milder Comedian.

That said, this is a terrific performance, head and shoulders above all the Russells combined.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bazoo Bazoo on 19 Nov. 2012
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The informative liner notes for Lee's new DVD (which, as in his books, points to a much more measured person than who he regularly refers to as 'the comedian Stewart Lee') explain that that there are both narrative layers that he intended, and ones that piled on later through his 200-odd live performances of Carpet Remnant World. These notes also underline the important themes in the show, and are good to read before watching. It's difficult to write about how disparate Carpet Remnant World is, when this disparity is clearly held up as being part of the point. The bitter 'comedian Stewart Lee' shtick; Lee's now highly-developed ability to both develop and run out a complex series of callbacks, and then subsequently ruin them (deliberately!) with his own arrogance by lecturing the audience on them for not understanding them; the always-entertaining 'meltdown' towards the end (here, Lee pulls off easily the most convincing tantrum I've seen him throw, aided by an appropriate, er, 'prop') - these provide dependable points of the performance that old fans will enjoy, and new fans will... hopefully enjoy. Lee doesn't provide lazy viewing.

But without a doubt, this is the most thoughtful of his performances. It's clearly even more given than 90's Comedian to multiple viewing, and the layers as mentioned in the liner notes are definitely there. I remained interested the entire time, but I didn't laugh so much. Then again, I laugh more at Lee's shows the more I've seen them - this is likely because Lee writes comedy underpinned by ideas, not the gags themselves, and so his work is very rare in that it can easily be watched more than once. If the idea of watching stand up more than once doesn't appear to make much sense, you've not seen a Lee show yet!
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