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Kudos on your success, Stew
on 3 December 2012
Stewart Lee deserves to be successful, even though he recently rebuilt his career on the comedic conceit that he wasn't.
At the time of writing, I'm very glad to see three of his DVDs in the top 100 Stand-up chart with this particular DVD at #12 despite being the most expensive single DVD (i.e. not blu-ray or collection) in the top #20 if not the whole chart.
I went to see this show live (in that London they have now) and absolutely balled with laughter all the way through.
In my impatience waiting almost a year for this DVD's release I managed to get hold of an audio-only bootleg which had been recorded around the same time in December and, despite the quality of the recording, was almost identical to the show I remembered - stand-up at its finest.
It's a pity that the show as it appears on this DVD is missing some of the funniest and most absurd pieces of comedy since Stew's Robert the Bruce gag.
1. Closing the stable door
2. Gypsies and bats
3. Letter from Helena Bonham Carter
One can only assume that these gems have been stashed away in a box marked Comedy Vehicle Season #3.
The DVD itself is one of the most nicely packaged so far in its cardboard slip-case with liner notes and it's a good show with a satisfying conclusion.
If the DVD contained all the missing bits, I would probably consider it to be Stew's finest DVD to date. As it is, I would say it comes in about third behind 41st Best and If You Prefer A Milder Comedian.
Four-and-a-half stars from me (rounded to five).