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5.0 out of 5 stars Only the 12th best Stand Up ever?, 21 April 2010
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This review is from: Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
In a world that celebrates idiocy and allows certain people the chance to make a comfortable living out of having no talent whatsoever, its comforting to know that someone as funny, cynical, and - damn it- intelligent, as Stewart Lee is fighting the corner for us non-morons. It saddens me that the likes of Lee Evans and Michael Macintyre (as nice to their mothers as they surely are) have become superstars with their safe, banal comedy while Lee and other luminaries e.g. Peter Serafinowicz seem constantly overlooked. (Nobody I know had heard of Stewart Lee or Serafinowicz's gem 'Look Around You' till I spread the word, unless I was just unlucky to work in a cultural desert.) What draws me to Lee is that he is unashamed about being clever, or being cynical. And in this X Factor/Britain's Got Talent culture where no one dares to criticize any more (I mean, look at Stavros Flatley; their awful, pointless act would have been laughed off stage 20 years ago) it is so refreshing to finally have someone see things the way I see them. His routine about celebrity books and celebrities in general is without doubt the funniest piece of stand up I have ever seen. I guess the best way to describe his humour is to descend into cliche: it's funny because its true. He sees things for what they are, and not how they would like to be seen. Anyway, buy this, discover there's more to 'alternative' comedy than Jimmy Carr and maybe one day soon there'll be a Stewart Lee Comedy Roadshow in a prime time schedule rather than a wonderful but unseen Vehicle tucked away in a graveyard slot.
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