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Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle - Series 2 [DVD]

Stewart Lee , Tim Kirkby    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Stewart Lee
  • Directors: Tim Kirkby
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WOQFPE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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“The comedian of the decade” (The Times) returns with a second outing for his BAFTA-nominated series. “Britain’s twelfth best stand-up comedian” (Channel 4’s 100 Best Stand-Ups) delivers six self-contained sets, staged and shot to capture the real intensity of live comedy as never before seen on the small screen. See Stew discuss charity, crisps, urban living, the 1980s, national identity and David Cameron, with guest appearances from comics guru Alan Moore and a giant Japanese moth.


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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle 2 10 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
I'm going to write a review of that series two of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle that they have now; you know, not like the old Stewart Lee that they used to have, who would crack jokes about grass being greener, lengths of string, or visits to the pool with his nephew; but an older, wiser Stewart Lee, who cracks jokes about ... well, crisps and vomit and that stand-up comedy that they have now, that's all made out of Michael McIntyre and Frankie Boyle and endless, endless charity gigs.

It shouldn't need stating at this point, but Stewart Lee is simply the finest comedian of this generation; he's definitely not an easy one to get into, definitely not one that your mum is going to like, but if you allow him to absorb you into his world - a 'Doctor Who'-like world where it seems natural for a forty-plus comedian to dress up as Godzilla and repel Mothra - you won't be disappointed. Each episode is a well-honed, lovingly-crafted thirty minute set piece punctuated by Lee's laconic delivery, frequent fourth-wall breaks, and plenty of jibes at his audience for laughing at the wrong bits. (Or walking out entirely, despite the tickets being free.)

If you view stand-up comedy as an art-form, then enjoy the work of the master of the craft.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable stuff from a comedy master. 9 Aug 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you like Stewart Lee, then this is for you. If you don't it's probably best to avoid it.

Series 2 retains most of the elements from Series 1. There is the occasional 'illustrative' sketch and the talks with Armando Iannucci that provided most of the 'red button' extras in the first series now punctuate Lee's stand up; but for the most part, it's Stewart Lee performing stand up in a room. Where it differs from Series 1 is that it lacks the opening titles and has far less sketches so you won't see the likes of Paul Putner, Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon and Tony Law popping up. This isn't neccesarily a bad thing - I complained that the sketches really just acted out what Lee had just said, but there does seem to be a sketch-shaped hole if you've grown used to them. With essentially 3 hours worth of comedy, some of the material is recycled from his stand up shows (also available on DVD), some of it may have been viewed live on last year's Vegetable Stew tour (which was explicitly promoted as being a testing of these shows) and some it just feels familiar. There are probably better places to start if you haven't seen him before, but this does a good job of setting out his approach, philosophy and, self-proclaimed, short-comings.

A slightly disappointing thing, for me, was the lack of 'red button' extras. These featured stand up and music from Lee's support acts. One has been included - Lee performing 'Russell Brand's Wedding' with Nick Pynn - and there is an extended version of Lee and Alan Moore looking around Churchill's secret bunker, but it's a shame they couldn't have put more on this disc or included a bonus disc. Maybe we've come to expect too many extras with our DVDs, but it seems a shame to have wasted them.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The shows are great, possibly even as good as series 1.
Several moments had me absolutely in stitches.

There are some notable format changes compared to series 1:
1. The intentionally disparaging Armando Iannucci interviews are included within the show itself.
2. Gone are the cut-away sketches with the likes of Kevin Eldon and Paul Putner.
3. The opening titles and theme music are gone. The show just starts with Stew on stage.
4. Each show ends with a filmed sequence punctuating one or more of the ideas in the show. These are often quite dark.

The DVD menu is strikingly sleek and professional; much love has gone into this.

But where are the wonderful red-button extras?

When broadcast, each episode show-cased a different underground act in a ten-minute show as Stewart Lee Presents...
I was really looking forward to being able to watch these again, especially the Nick Pynn and Kevin Eldon ones.

In the way of DVDs extras there is only a single Nick Pynn/Stewart Lee collaboration and an extended version of the Allan Moore scene from one of the episodes. The first series of this show included all six-episodes plus all the red-button stuff spread across two disks. Shame on you, BBC.

PAL UK: Region 2 & 4. SUBTITLES: English for the Hard of Hearing

NB. The missing Kevin Eldon set was recorded at a show in Cardiff and released as Kevin Eldon is Titting About by GoFasterStripe. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 12 July 2011
Format:DVD
Stewart Lee is a comic genius. He just gets better and better. Series 2 is more cerebral that Series 1 and features Stewart being grilled by Armando Iannucci about the content of each show. This introspective conversation is extremely clever and amusing.
'Are there many jokes in this show?' he's asked by IA; 'No, not exactly, I used all my 'three' jokes in the first episode' replies SL.
'How much would it take for you to switch to ITV?' asks IA. 'That would depend on how much ITV are willing to offer' replies Stewart. 'No, it's the BBC who want to know!' says IA. 'Oh!' says Stewart with a look of quiet resignation.
Self-deprecating and very funny! JP.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
This is not for everyone but I think Stewart Lee is hilarious. There's plenty of clips on youtube (albeit illegal copyright theft infringement ones) if you want to get a sample.
Published 12 days ago by Mr. Oliver Tatlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Yes , very clever routines , have watched numerous times already. Well done Stewart ! Can't wait until Series 4 from that London they have now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars There's little to say
He's brilliant and he knows it.
Very carefully crafted comedy.
If you're me you'll love it, if you're not me I couldn't care less what you think.
Regards
Published 1 month ago by Geoffrey Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Series 2
More classic comedy from Stewart Lee. Let's not waste any time discussing which series is better. Just get them both.
Published 1 month ago by Eks De Rektree
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not funny
I will not waste too many words on this puerile drivel , but Stewart Lee is as funny as itching powder in a leper colony
Published 2 months ago by LESLIE TAYLOR
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but......
Stewart Lee is extremely watchable and fascinating, and most of the episodes on this DVD rate alongside the excellent first series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Ha Ha
I feel reassured by watching this. SL seems to act as a repository for collective anger that he then regurgitates as devastating comedic comment. Read more
Published 6 months ago by michael lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars The comedian's comedian?
Lee has been called "the comedian's comedian" but I very much doubt that the majority of other comedians appreciate just how good he is. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kevin Holden
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius nothing else to say!
If you know Sturat lee at all and like what you have seen then get this. If you don't know his work then I would not recommend this. Read more
Published 11 months ago by GAP Con
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Stand Up...
... as it has been well documented by Stewart Lee himself, he is not to everyones taste. But these shows, first broadcast on TV, are top quality. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard Sykes
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