Stewart Lee - Stand-Up Comedian [DVD]
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"The cleverest, funniest, most cliché-free comedian on the circuit" Ricky Gervais After four years working on Richard Thomas' Jerry Springer - The Opera, Stewart Lee returns to stand-up in search of clarity, self-respect and immediate sensual and intellectual gratification. Captured here for Stewart's first ever live DVD release, Stand Up Comedian documents the strongest set of his career, culminating in a sell-out Spring 2005 tour. See "one of the top three or four living stand-ups" (Time Out) sweat his way through over an hour of smart and subtle bone-dry comedy. Stand-Up Comedian was recorded live in the notoriously comedy-hostile city of Glasgow, where a terrified Des O'Connor once sold advertising space on the soles of his shoes.
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"Once again, Lee is out there pushing the form like nobody else...scintillatingly smart comedy" Times "One of the most intelligent and courageous comedians currently at work" Observer
"The cleverest, funniest, most cliché-free comedian on the circuit" Ricky Gervais "It is Lee's subtlety and his intelligence that make his act exceptional...a perfect hour" Guardian XXXXX
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There aren't many punchlines and almost no catchphrases but Lee is very, very funny. He tries to do something totally different with stand-up and credits his audience with intelligence and understanding of the medium. His artful delivery and attention to detail make him hypnotic to watch.
In this show, he comes up with ideas guaranteed to alienate his Glasgow audience and yet gets away with it in style.
The only better stand-up show you are likely to witness is his new one, which will also be made into a DVD, hopefully.
This was by far the best (with Jeff and Tommy both providing safe material with a few good laughs to come close second and third and the Tim Vine, not being a true stand up but a cheap gag merchant, coming in last)
Stewart Lee's show has, unlike the others, tempted me back for repeat viewings and kept funny. He takes risks in his choice of topics, twists language in wonderful ways and displays both natural talent and technical proficiency as a comic. Cannot be recommended enough.
But Stewart Lee is the sort of comedian (like Mark Thomas) who will make you laugh, and then think, and then laugh some more. And once you've put the DVD back in the box, it still stays with you. You realise that you've changed the way you think, you've seen something in a different way, and for that reason - the stand-up routine you've just been watching has actually changed you.
Lee uses some of his older material here and polishes it so to feel edgier than it did when first performed. Filmed in a small comedy club, the cosy feel extends into your living room and you can practically smell the pork scratchings. The friendly environment no doubt helps when your comedy repertoire seems (on the face-of-it) to be greatly offensive, but Lee manages to turn it round, he is a man of integrity and uses challenging subject matter to test the less liberal views of others. In short, he exposes the ugly side of humanity, such as racism, so we can recognise it for what it is - silly. That may sound blasé, but it's true.
Typical of the performances on TV I've seen; Lee analyses his own material on stage, dissecting his quips to understand why they are funny. His analysis ends up being as funny as the joke itself, and inevitably results in a further understanding of the human condition.
This is a fantastic comedy routine, and although the additional features are pretty sparse - to have anything extra is a bonus. It wasn't until I read the DVD details that I realised that this is the first recorded video performance you can get of Stewart Lee. Now that's a shame, because this intelligent, political, and often 'offensive' comedy challenges beliefs and adds fire to the comedy world.
Formerly part of the successful 90s double act Lee and Herring, acclaimed comedian/writer/director Stewart Lee's stand up DVD is genuinely engaging and extremely funny. Filmed in a small venue the performance is wonderfully intimate, a far cry from the Albert Hall routines of his (somewhat inferior) peers. It is (almost) as good as being there. The authenticity of the performance sets it apart from anything else I've ever seen in my own home.
The material is astonishingly original and thoroughly amusing: a synergy few others can match. My advice to anyone looking to add to their comedy collection is to stop looking for a substandard re-release from one of the big name comics and give this a go. Try something different. If you feel uncomfortable going out on a limb and making such a bold and important decision based on the opinion of a total stranger (me) and need some reassurance take a look at the comment from Ricky Gervais on the sleeve.
For anyone who likes stand-up this is the closest thing to being there that you are able to buy on disc. For anyone who likes to laugh at funny things I guarantee you will like this. For anyone who has seen any of Mr Lee's stuff before I seriously doubt that you felt the need to read this review.
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Classic intelligent comedy, I have seen stuart lee live several times. I laughed so hard for so long I turned into a hyena, and now my wife won't let me near the kids or the bin!!Published 14 months ago by Neil: The North