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41st Best Stand Up Ever,
This review is from: Stewart Lee '41st Best Stand Up Ever'  [DVD] (DVD)
I'd been eagerly awaiting this DVD having missed the opportunity to go and see the show in Edinburgh, as I had done with 90s Comedian. I was, like other reviewers here, disappointed that the Delboy bit and the Mallard bit were missing as I had read reviews referring to them. It's perhaps more disappointing for me as I didn't get to hear those routines at all.
Stylistically this is closer to Stand-Up Comedian than 90s Comedian, the latter of which seemed to form one cohesive narrative and was like a single hour-long routine, while the former was a collection of routines. This set has a sort of narrative running through it about how Stew's mum thinks he's not as funny as an old 70s comedian she saw on a cruise holiday once, but essentially it's divided into sections.
On the whole it is intelligent and funny stuff from Stewart Lee, who in my opinion deserves to be in at least the top 5 on any Best Stand-Up list (but then, the point of the show in a way is that such lists are meaningless). To be perfectly blunt though, it's not as good as his other two DVDs. 90s Comedian was far more daring, intelligent, and provocative, while Stand-Up Comedian simply had better laugh-out-loud jokes. They were very different from each other but very good at the two different approaches they represented. This one is somewhere inbetween in every sense. It's good, but not as good as either of those.
Without giving anything away, the ending I found a little bit of a let down. 90s Comedian ended the set with a brilliant punchline, Stand-Up Comedian ended with a fairly below-average joke, this one ends somewhat unsatisfactorily. I first thought 'is that it?', but later found the ending quite poignant, so in a way it was a good or bad way to end the set depending on your viewpoint.
For those new to Stewart Lee I would recommend his DVDs in release order. That is; Stand-Up Comedian, 90s Comedian, then this one.