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The Book I've Been Waiting For,
This review is from: How I Escaped My Certain Fate (Paperback)This is my favourite comedy paperback, How I Escaped My Certain Fate. It's by Stewart Lee, out of This Morning With Richard Not Judy, and he's one of these, eh, joke tellers they have now.
I don't know if you've seen them - yeah, you've seen them about, the joke tellers. You've seen the joke tellers on the, erm, The Comedians. They used to come on there, the joke tellers, didn't they and tell their often purloined and racist jokes, on the Comedians. You've seen them, on there. And there'd be a compere, and he'd introduce them. Then one of the joke tellers would come on, and talk. You might have seen them on the Royal Variety Show, being introduced by a compere and coming on and talking.
But Stewart Lee isn't like that, is he? No. Not like Joe Pasquale, no. And he doesn't really improvise, like Eddie Izzard pretends to, does he? In fact, every repeated phrase is carefully selected, isn't it.
Have you seen Stewart Lee? You might have seen him on the telly, yeah. Maybe on Time Trumpet [DVD]  with Armando Iannucci, possibly his finest work. Or, if you're old enough, you might remember hearing some of his stuff on the wireless. Maybe, you've seen him at the Edinburgh Festival, or getting a mention on Channel 4's hundred best stand up's.
Maybe you own one of his DVDs, like Stewart Lee - Stand Up Comedian [DVD], or Stewart Lee - 90s Comedian [DVD]. Maybe you have Stewart Lee '41st Best Stand Up Ever'  [DVD], or are planning on buying the forthcoming Stewart Lee - If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One [DVD]. If any of this applies to you, then this book is aimed at you.
And, yes, I am respecting him. I am respecting him to the max. Maximum respect.