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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the bunch, 4 Jun. 2006
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This review is from: Stewart Lee - Stand-Up Comedian [DVD] (DVD)
I had a recent stand up comedy binge and bought this along with DVDs from Jeff Green, Tommy Tiernan and Tim Vine.

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.
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2008 14:42:40 BDT
How can Tim Vine not be a true stand-up? He stands up in front of an audience and makes them shriek with laughter. To me, that makes him a stand up comedian. If anything, he's far more of a comedian than Stewart Lee, particularly when Lee decides to spend 15 minutes trying to make the audience as uncomfortable as possible (see the vomit/Christ routine on 90s Comedian).

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2009 17:11:14 BDT
Tim Vine recently appeared in Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. Stewart Lee can certainly appreciate Tim Vine's talent (and, I suspect, vice versa).

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2010 18:40:43 BDT
Tim Vine is a stand-up comedian, agreed. However, I think you miss the point with Stewart's vomit/Christ routine. You appear to criticise Stewart for making the audience feel uncomfortable. However, this should be part of great comedy: are we comfortable with the way Malvolio is treated in Twelfth Night, for example?

It should be remembered that Stewart was vilified by right-wing Christians for his chief role in Jerry Springer: The Opera. He had his car smashed-up by them, was sued for blasphemy and saw five years hard work on the project go down the tubes with no financial reward. This routine is, therefore, a brilliant piece of catharsis. What better way to get back at these people than by vomiting into the anus of their God? It is undoubtedly provocative and absurd (though ultimately truthful) - but great comedy often is. Ok, citing Shakespeare earlier might seem pretentious. However, you only to have to look to Chris Rock and his famous "black people vs niggers" routine to see something similar. Would you suggest this was not great comedy?
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