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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and fun read, although not great on the Kindle, 26 Aug. 2011
This review is from: How I Escaped My Certain Fate (Kindle Edition)
Stewart Lee is a divisive figure in stand-up comedy, and the rhetoric that follows him around is pretty amusing. If you like him, you're a Guardian-reading, pseudo-intellectual, bleeding heart liberal. If you dislike him, you're a Daily Mail-reading reactionary idiot. I'm just going to go ahead and assume that if you're considering buying this book, you know what Stewart Lee is like and you're currently spreading organic houmous over water biscuits while attempting to ban Christmas.

The book is essentially transcripts of three of his old stand up routines (Stand-up Comedian, 90s Comedian and 41st Best Stand-up Ever), complete with detailed introductions, footnotes and a large appendix of extras, so don't expect all-new jokes and material. What you can expect is an insight into why Stewart Lee does what he does - why he felt the need to vomit into the anus of Jesus, for example, or why he spends five minutes hitting his microphone against its stand. You can also find a glut of information on the stand-ups he likes, including how many of the jokes in Comedy Vehicle are stolen from Simon Munnery (spoiler - the answer is two), and his own insights into the role of comedy itself, interspersed with experiences from around the world. If this sort of thing interests you, get the book!

I downloaded the Kindle version of the book on 30th May, 2011, and did not have the same problems regarding layout errors that others have reported. However, the lengthy footnotes in each transcript are better read on the printed page or pdf than on the small-screened Kindle, unless you enjoy constantly skipping back and forth through the text.
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