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How I Escaped My Certain Fate
How I Escaped My Certain Fate
by Stewart Lee
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First class Stew., 11 April 2011
An entertaining and seriously well written account of the struggles and successes of one of the greatest Stand-up's of his generation . Despite the critical acclaim and his influence on the style of super star contemporaries , Lee struggled for years for commercial success . Here he details his disillusioned retirement from Stand-up ,his subsequent return and the difficulties in finding his audience and making a commercial success from the discovery.
The transripts of his stand up shows from the period covered by the book and the annotations and asides that accompany them give an insight into the difficulty of creating an intelligent and original act whilst deliberately avoiding easy gags and comedy cliches.
Despite his own view that the audience for his work is small and his material somewhat inaccessible;on the page ,as on stage ,he is consistently funny ,often hiarious and always engaging.
Give it a go. He needs the royalties.

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