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Stewart Lee! The 'If You Prefer a Milder Comedian Please Ask For One' EP

Stewart Lee! The 'If You Prefer a Milder Comedian Please Ask For One' EP [Kindle Edition]

Stewart Lee
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In this EP-style follow-up to How I Escaped My Certain Fate, Stewart Lee describes the events leading up to his show If You Prefer a Milder Comedian Please Ask For One.

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Following his hugely acclaimed TV come-back Comedy Vehicle, Lee finds himself in search of ideas for a new Edinburgh show. On a long walk across London, he endures a coffee shop humiliation involving a loyalty card which suggests itself as a framing device. Later that month, thanks to Jeremy Clarkson's casual slur against Gordon Brown and the appearance of a well-meaning young comedian in an advert, a show is born.

Featuring a transcript of the show fully annotated with footnotes, the If You Prefer A Milder Comedian EP confirms Stewart Lee as the most original, daring and brilliant comedian of his generation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction (3 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00623JYWO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Context Is Not A Myth 1 Jan 2012
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The 'If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One' EP is the second of three announced collections of the comedian and man Stewart Lee's standup material annotated to an obsessive and hugely insightful degree. Though I have been watching the DVD of the show transcribed in this book for over a year now, I have not enjoyed the show as much as on the day I read it in this format. Though there are surely those who, much like people who avoid bonus material for films because it ruins the magic of moviemaking, prefer to take their comedy as is without any serious analysis into its creation or execution, there are at least as many for whom Lee's discussion of his designs, worries and inspirations is welcome and serves not only to elevate the material (as in last summer's How I Escaped My Certain Fate) but also act as a criticism in and of itself of both the industry and its figureheads.

Included in the scant paperback are an introduction and an article Lee wrote over the summer in relation to some of the criticism he'd faced from various newspapers in the wake of the tour which I enjoyed reading immensely and was glad to see reproduced.

The so-called EP is a testament to Lee's grandest accomplishment so far, though perhaps without his notes (which address and elucidate specifically on some of the moments of the show I felt were a little 'off', and why exactly they appeared as such) I may not have enjoyed it as much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A few hours of reading 15 Jan 2012
As I was paying for something completely unrelated at a bookshop in Islington, I happened to spy a little pile of these on the counter, possibly placed there by the great man himself.

Admittedly, I was initially dissappointed by the shortage of volume to the tome (just over 100 pages) and then again by the seemingly high price tag, however, as a long-time supporter of Mr Lee, I bought it anyway.

The bulk (!) of the book is identical in style to the transcript chapters from Stewart's previous work, How I Escaped My Certain Fate, consisting of a word-for-word transcript of the DVD recording of the show punctuated with footnotes about context, background, alternative lines used at other venues and even one Amazon review (The Picasso of Comedy). The footnotes do make for a good read and they seemed more detailed than in the previous book, however, while this method of writing provides a great deal of structure, it seemed at times as though Stewart might have enjoyed the freedom of rambling on for a few more pages than this restrictive format permitted.

To be perfectly honest, if you already own the DVD and keep abreast of all things Stew, there's not an awful lot which is new here and you'll probably read the whole thing in a short afternoon. I admit that I found it perversely entertaining to read and re-read the Richard Hammond and Clarkson parts in appropriately silly voices: "Ha, ha, gypsies. Imagine being a gypsy."

So is it worth buying...? Yes. It's well-written, intelligent and very funny. But EPs don't usually cost the same as albums.
You might be advised to hold out for a fairer price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but excellent all the same 12 Jan 2012
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This book provides another inside look at the workings of a Stewart Lee standup show, much like his earlier book, How I Escaped My Certain Fate. It is worth knowing exactly what you are buying before getting this book. The main part of it consists of a transcript of Stewart Lee's most recent show, with lengthy footnotes that reveal more about how the show was put together and extra details about his life. Then there are two sort of essays at the start and finish, which again give a bit more insight into Stewart Lee's approach to comedy. The whole book will not take more than a few hours to read, so it's a quality over quantity kind of thing.

This format might not be to everyone's taste but I found it incredibly interesting. The intricate ways that Stewart Lee sabotages his own shows to play around with the audience's expectations is very interesting. There is also quite a bit about how he has dealt with his recent success with his TV show and how he has tried to accomodate the different audiences this brings.

Stewart Lee also highlights some bad reviews he has found about his work on the interent, which makes me regret not having more criticisms for his work, as I might be able to make my way into one of his shows. It really is an interesting and funny book though. If you like Stewart Lee then you should like this book, if you don't like him then I don't know why you are reading this review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly anticipating the next album... 29 Aug 2012
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I awoke to Stewart Lee's brilliance watching his '41st Best Stand Up' routine late one night on telly. Having bought and devoured his DVDs, I then turned to 'How I Escaped My Certain Fate', and immediately fell into deeper admiration for the man's work. The DVD of the show this book documents followed, naturally accompanied by the book.

Lee is concerned with the Art of comedy, and as such his routines (particularly If You Prefer...) are more of a deconstructionist take on comedy which happens to be funny, than a 'straight' stand up routine. Consequently, there are layers and subtexts which speak to different people very differently. If nothing else, this book (and 'How I Escaped My Certain Fate') reassures the viewer that the humour in Lee's routines isn't accidental (at least, not entirely so) and helps to deconstruct further the already deconstructed stand up routine, often stirring in even more humour.

Those who dislike Lee (of whom I used to be one, kneejerking a distaste for what I assumed to be a genuinely arrogant, sneering delivery style) are unlikely to read either this or 'How I Escaped My Certain Fate', but nevertheless I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone, whether they like the man or not: at the very least, it might provide some insight into what he's trying to do. For those converts among us, this is a hilarious little book - I just can't wait for the next volume in the man's journey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars decent for fans
Existing fans will enjoy the extra insights into the comedic process and the the warped genius of Lee. Very short.
Published 21 days ago by James George Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Definitely one of Stuart's greatest shows, a beautiful and hilarious account of his struggling identity as an alternative comedian. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Content, Just Want More!
Funny and thought provoking as ever, this book is rightly described as the "E.P." to Stewart's previous book, "How I Avoided My Almost Certain Fate". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith Bratley
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Wunny
Its like funny you know like in those books they have now. you seen them in those shops you know funny books
Published 4 months ago by Mr S R Tilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Stewart Lee is a Stand Up comedy genius and writes brilliantly well about it all. He's not everyone's cup of tea but he's my all time favourite.
Published 7 months ago by FMM
5.0 out of 5 stars Too few footnotes compared to last tome
Thoroughly enjoyable transcript of the show with illuminating insights into Stew's increasingly well honed stage persona. Read more
Published 14 months ago by darryl foulds
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book.
It's like karaoke for stand up, but with meta-textual references. I like the idea of these annotated transcripts, I wonder whether Michael McIntyre will be doing one, can't wait.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Appalling value
I recently ordered Mr Lee's 'How I Escaped My Certain Fate', and was delighted when I received 378 pages of words (not including index, acknowledgements and other wasted paper) for... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ron Bacardi
5.0 out of 5 stars 0% Dissapointment
I'm a bit of a stand-up comedy obsessive, and as such a huge fan of Stewart Lee, so I may be being slightly bias when I tell you to buy this book. buy it now. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Weird Fish
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, just wish it was longer
As the author says himself, this is very much pre-amble to a larger volume due to come out summer 2012. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by Charlie
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