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Short but excellent all the same
on 12 January 2012
This book provides another inside look at the workings of a Stewart Lee standup show, much like his earlier book, How I Escaped My Certain Fate. It is worth knowing exactly what you are buying before getting this book. The main part of it consists of a transcript of Stewart Lee's most recent show, with lengthy footnotes that reveal more about how the show was put together and extra details about his life. Then there are two sort of essays at the start and finish, which again give a bit more insight into Stewart Lee's approach to comedy. The whole book will not take more than a few hours to read, so it's a quality over quantity kind of thing.
This format might not be to everyone's taste but I found it incredibly interesting. The intricate ways that Stewart Lee sabotages his own shows to play around with the audience's expectations is very interesting. There is also quite a bit about how he has dealt with his recent success with his TV show and how he has tried to accomodate the different audiences this brings.
Stewart Lee also highlights some bad reviews he has found about his work on the interent, which makes me regret not having more criticisms for his work, as I might be able to make my way into one of his shows. It really is an interesting and funny book though. If you like Stewart Lee then you should like this book, if you don't like him then I don't know why you are reading this review.