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An actual review of the DVD... which i have watched.,
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This review is from: Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD] (DVD)
Unlike most of these reviewers; i've bought this DVD and watched it this evening.
I saw this show live on 3 occasions during its year-long tour, and it was interesting to see the show developing in that time. This performance, filmed quite late into the tour, really captures the show at its peak and I was pleased and surprised to find some of the earlier and previously removed routines back in for the DVD record.
The show consists largely of Stew constantly excusing himself for having no material and intentionally creates an awkward atmosphere and tension by studying how his jokes are received by the audience and then deconstructing them in intense detail and its here where he really shines. He takes on this anti-comedy persona which fans of his will recognise from the second series of Comedy Vehicle.
Stew regularly pauses mid-sentence to put on his glasses and quote from a wad of cue-cards that he keeps in his pocket. Highlights include his attempt at anti-islamic observational humour, frequent criticism of his new-found and unwelcome tv-watching audience and a look at the American public's reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Carpet Remnant World is I think Stew's longest show and has some intentionally tedious moments, which might prove too off-putting for some viewers, particularly those with a short attention span, or no someone unfamiliar with Stew's work. If this is you, I recommend you try an older show, something a bit more accessible, such as "Stewart Lee - Stand Up" Comedian or "If you prefer a milder comedian, please ask for one" before diving into the deep end with this take-no-prisoners approach to medium of stand-up. Some people will undoubtably fail to understand what he is doing and dismiss this DVD as rubbish.
I would say this; stewart lee is arguably the finest comedian alive today; but i think you have to have seen a lot of stand up comedy to fully appreciate why he has earned that reputation and why this is in fact, a fantastic show.
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2013 01:58:57 GMT
M. A. Tams says:
I bought the DVD, watched it, and thought it was rubbish.
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