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The large end of the Stewart Lee wedge!,
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This review is from: Stewart Lee - 90s Comedian [DVD] (DVD)
Having been on 'Stewarts Lee's comedy vehicle' since the Fist of Fun days (ditto everybody else's thoughts about a BBC DVD), even I found the latter half of this DVD a little hard to take.
Here I would liken Mr Lee to Chris Morris or even the late great Frank Zappa - very talented guys who push the boundaries way beyond what you would expect in the name of freedom of speech. I am amazed that this only got a 15 certificate!
If you enjoyed the previous DVD 'Stand up Comedian', the first half of this recording should have you laughing out loud and wondering why the audience are so humourless (the appalled expressions caught on this add to the fun somewhat). Here, among other things, the topic of the 7/7 bombings is dealt with. Well, life is full of nasty things and the sheer absurdity of them seems to make the comedy work.
The final section ends up a mixture of extreme vomit-based scatology (a kind of verbal equivalent of the conclusion of Guest House Paradiso) and frequent reference to a chap in Palestine upon whose teachings we have supposedly based most of our Western values. Stewart's delivery style is certainly very different at this point and his voice even sounds a little shaky.
Whether or not this masks a genuine unease is a matter of conjecture.
It is good to see that Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle will be realeased on DVD in Sept 2009. The back catalogue of Lee and Herring stuff is still tragically only available on the black market. As for '90s comedian', your response will depend a lot upon your sensibilities.