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10pm on BBC2
But I'll watch it tomorrow on Sky+
What a morning I have planned;
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
The stuff dreams are made of.
i'm not sure how this is going across to non-stewart lee fans
talking about, you know, how good the sausage is
Americas toughest prisons.
average Stewart Lee material > practically anything else on TV
I've seen him do all those routines before, like. It was okay, I'd maybe have liked it more if I hadn't seen it before, though the bit with Kevin Eldon was fucking awesome.
maybe a 7 at the most. the stand up bits were good, as usual, but the sketches weren't really that funny. it might have been better if he'd been in the sketches himself.
i'm a big stewart lee fan and i think he's amazing and i spend all my time watching fist of fun videos on youtube.
Chris Moyles what his book was about...did it for far too long.
The bit about the rap singers on Top of The Pops...didn't have a clue what he was on about and it was painfully unfunny, also went on for too long. The funny bits got a minor chuckle at best, I don't think I'll ever really warm to him.
"now this show isn't really aimed at me..." ?
you're sort of missing the point of Stewart Lee
He just employed that old technique of doing something for ages, and I've always hated that. See: Alan Davies on QI doing things with his arms for longer than people want him to.
There were some funny bits though.
so probably you're never going to quite love him...
I though it was fantastic. Laughed all the way through.
"Also, I am the second Jesus"
Anyone criticising this is stupid. So glad Stewart Lee is back on the TV.
"Harry Potter and the bit of wood"
with the red button too. That was good. Lee's face when they had the So Solid caller on. He was dying to laugh!!
"We are post-Chiles"
as someone that hasn't seen much of him since he worked with Richard Herring...
...was that it?
like what more be a 15-20 minute bit in an hour+ show pulled out over an hour.
but some of it had me in stitches
The stand up bits were pretty flawless in my opinion, although the rappers bit maybe did go on slightly too long, I though the moyles friends was just the right length.
Some of the sketches were fairly unfunny (Radio 4 office, Tindale), when they did work though I was in stitches (Stew in the car, Paddy Mgintys goat). Undoubtedly the best new comedy in a while anyway.
the rap singers bit particularly. The sketches were hit-and-miss but otherwise it was wonderful. I'm so glad he's on telly; I hope he reaches loads more people.
- (feigned) lack of knowledge of something very popular
- well-judged use of language ('rap singers' is, for some reason, a delightful phrase)
- absurd/mundane context of where rap is found
- dragging things out for far too long and in far too much detail
Plus other stuff I can't articulate.
It made me hurt so much when I saw him do it at Latitude. And it made my mum laugh really loudly and in an embarrassing fashion.
Didn't make me laff though :( Sorry.
I wouldn't feel bad. Maybe you have to like Stewart Lee. Or it's just not to your taste. Oh wellz.
I almost reckons the interview bit after on the "hit the red button" thing was funnier than the show itself. Had me in stitches.
Armando is the best.
you could turn to ITV and see some of Al Murray's sketchshow then the relative flaws of this show seem even more minor than they already were
brilliant....the top of the pops extended rap thing was the perfect example of how that technique can work....you find it funny....then you get a bit impatient...but then the repretition gnaws into your brain and the absurdity of it becomes funny again.....lovely stuff...
the bit afterwards with armando too was also excellent.
all in all it's definitely the best bit of new comedy i've seen in a while.
was a bit TOO elitist. I haven't really seen much of his stuff this decade, is he always like that now?
<3 <3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kQNVd3anis
i have fallen off my chair in amazement.
that it gave simon munnery, tony law, kevin eldon and MICHAEL REDMOND time on television is good enough for me.
ignore it anyway. just the michael redmond bit.
and not on stage either - like walking around and stuff. Get me.
Haven't seen this though.
and the 'red button' bit was amazing. i love it when you can see comedians making each other laugh. the bits with armando reading from lee's book, and the answerphone message were great, as was the chiles bit. i hope they do that every week :D
He reminds me of Jack Dee.
very funny in a few bits, baffling in some and pointless in others. Also there was a vein of self-satisfied intellectual snobbery running through the whole thing that I found irksome - he's always seem to be quite humble when I've seen him before.
There's something particularly horrible about listening to a room full of people going "yuk yuk yuk, aren't we clever, yuk yuk yuk". And yes, that was meant to represent laughter.
The audience was like that of The Culture Show but even worse. Anyone remember the thread on here a few weeks ago, about those people in the cinema that broadcast a big fake laugh at subtle gags just so everyone knows that they 'got' the obscure reference...? Reminded me of that.
It's layer upon layer really. What has ya still up buddy?
but sometimes I wasn't so sure. The bit when he was like " No I haven't read Harry Potter, but I have read the entire works of William Blake so FUCK YOU!" and everyone clapped made cringe.
It didn't seem like a culture show audience to me. It was a bunch of people who wanted to see Stewart Lee.
I admit, he's done stronger material, but he was still funnier than pretty much everyone else on TV. There just aren't any compromises, that's not what he's there for.
got tickets through a link on dis as did many, wasn't a culture show audience at all
is at Shakespeare plays. Mercutio makes an obscure pun based on some 16th century political scandal and one person in the audience guffaws heartily and conspicuously. Horrible.
Fortunately, most of the time, Lee is very funny. As funny as Moyles though?
i hope this is even slightly sarcastic.
it was pick of the day i guess.
"Im Stewart Lee, Im 40 and you wouldnt catch me reading 'Kids' books! - they're for cunts!" Massive own goal! Grow up, Stewart!
And those terrible skits in between the 'funny' bits, WTF?! It goes like this: tell a joke about Dan Brown's prose style and then get some actors to like, act out what you just said cos', you know, the stand-up bit might have gone right over the audience's head. I thought that format died with those Mary Whitehouse cunts.
Conclusion? SLCV = Pompous, self-important, unfunny, fat Morrissey lookalike. 1/10.
I agree that he came across as a bit pompous and self righteous from time to time, but he's always been a bit like that. Doesn't make him any less funny.
Always good to see Kevin Eldon and Father Stone.
He's funnier than Stewart Lee.
but I've recently come round to the idea that he should have just done full length episodes of Histor's Eye. Certainly wouldn't have got him a second series, but Pliny's the best thing he's ever done.
I did think the book material was largely weaker than some of the other stuff that he did. I think this series is going to struggle slightly from the fact that he can't do what he does in his shows and ties a number of different subjects up at the end quite neatly, but it should still be a cut above most TV comedy at the moment.
but switched off in the end because it just wasn't doing it for me. I laughed at the Chris moyles and the Asher D second coming bits, but everything else was just...meh. Hope he improves.
and rap singers off top of the pops.
I will watch it next week
Some funny bits, some great bits, some bits where I over analyse the room around me and wonder if I should be laughing, some awkward bits that I spend questioning if he's a manic depressive and some bits that just don't work in my mind.
He's never going to be your laugh-a-minute comic. He's one of those 'visionaries' we'll appreciate and laud when he dies no doubt.
The extra bit on the red button was far better by the way...
I also let Lee off of a huge manner of flaws due to standing next to him for the entire sets of both Yo La Tengo & The Fall.
...I have to admit, it wasn't the best representation of each area of his work. The sketches were often misjudged (the bishop and burning was my personal highlight though) and the stand up wasn't allowed time to breathe. The point of Stewart Lee is rarely visual. He has the voice that demands you listen and will comfort you, confuse you or occasionally borderline repulse you. To insert images of faux book covers just ruins it.
Saying that, it was leaps and bounds above every comedy in the past 5 years. Seeing Michael Redmond on TV again is brilliant - 'Get out my Garden!'
That's surely the blinkered fan inside you having fun, that.
I used to enjoy him when I was a teenager. Last night's show though was just insanely dull. It was a man trying to prove he was clever by picking on easy targets. And that 'rap singer' bit was one of the most embarrassing attempts at comedy I've seen in the last five years.
but is also funny at the same time. I found myself thinking fucking hell get on with it then you think he's gonna stop, pause and off he goes again. I laugh out of infuriation. I do think if someone didn't really find him funny before last night, it wouldn't have swayed them the other way..
...but I honestly can't think of any comedy on TV made in the UK within 5 years that can compete with the weight of even the weakest Stewart Lee material. The US has surpassed us unfortunately.
Almost every episode of Peep Show?
although I do (sadly) find it to be one of a few exceptions rather than the rule these days. Channel 4's output in particular overall has pretty much fallen off a cliff compared to what was being broadcast seven or eight years ago, but that's not to say there's never any good comedy on these days.
in a world woefully scarred by the misuse of the word 'genius', it is in fact comedy genius.
It was a first episode with hits and misses, it wasn't the best or the most embarrassing thing ever.
I just didn't like it. The five years thing was a link to what the chap above me said. But thanks for telling me what I think anyway.
and father ted obviously.
It's out of order to be so up yourself you'd say 'you're on medication, you don't count', bamos. I know you weren't being serious but I would label that the most embarrassing attempt at comedy I've seen in the last five years.
abso-fucking-lutely. The man needs to be taken down a peg or two.
I don't know you, but when I do, feel free to tell me to Fuck off. Until that point, kindly leave me to make a joke about my friend's dodgy back in peace. You don't half seem wound up, you. Sheesh.
give me all your pegs you prick
It's out of order to be so up yourself you'd demand all of my pegs! Who do you think you are?!
I've got all the SL stand up, and I can understand that he divides opinion pretty massively. Overall, enjoyable, though room for improvement.
The man who opened his show with 'some people say to me......get out of my garden''....before Pasquale tainted it with his balloon squeak chattering
i was also pleased to see father stone
fucking brilliant tbh.
when he pulls out the guests' autobiographies
There are a lot of critics above. You know what critics are like. They're actually really self-loathing. They criticise themselves constantly. But, as they are also pompous and regard themselves as perfect, then they must find other vehicles for their criticism. So, everything around them is criticised. Nothing is safe, from the shape of a new light-bulb to the sound of a twittering bird. Criticise, critices. Analyse, analyse.
The topic in question is self-deprecating stand-up comedian and writer Stewart Lee. Lee is aware. He is aware of the world, but, equally, he is aware of himself. Nothing escapes his eye and, thus, his wit. Therefore, he is able, simultaneously, to deliver a soliloquoy that destroys an example of modern popular culture AND posit himself as an example of the worst kind of self-righteous pompous Guardian-reading snob. It is talent that is rare. Lee stands outside of himself and ridicules his own delivery and views, by the nature of the delivery and the content of his speech. It is marvellous. Few orators can achieve this. To fully appreciate Lee's talent, one must imagine a second Lee stood aside viewing the first Lee, and passing judgement on what the first is saying. Indeed, an infinite queue of Stewart Lee's, each deriding and dissecting the immediately previous Lee. That is what Lee's comedy is. It exhausts the universe with an endless uncountable queue of Lees who, combined, provide a complete analysis of all.
cause it essentially tore apart the show in the same way he had torn apart all the subjects of the show. Brought the whole thing full circle.
I sort of knew there was more depth to it than i could articulate, thank you for managing to do that for me :)
the red button thing was awesome on so many levels
i could tell iannucci was going to say "well basically all you've done is read out passages from books in a sardonic voice when that's not really the point".
everything he does is gold. I can't wait to hear Moyles riposte. I confess that I listen to about an hour of Moyles every morning as my alarm clock and he usually gets irate about stuff like this, but maybe he knows about Lee and his style and will appreciate, given that lee and herring appeared on his show in the late ninties, bizarrely playing along in some gargling kareoke game or something.
'It is basically him making a few different faces and reading the text while some idiots mindlessly laugh for no reason'. Says a Chris Moyles fan.
that guy is hilarious though. "he says a few words, just normal words and the audience laugh."
teats that wept tears and tyndale ones especially.
The sketches weren't all that great though, but the stand up and the red button stuff were brilliant
people started mentioning him on here and facebook.
although I find it slightly ponderous. This program was mildly amusing, nothing more. I'll watch another episode though.
without knowing too much about him. this programme last night was pretty funny sometimes but it all seemed to be a bit 'i'm cleverer than you' which annoyed me some. and the audience seemed to be made up of people who i would be quite happy to slap in the face with a slice of bacon for a couple of hours.
so I've only just watched it, but I thought it was ace.
Sky plus denied me the red button goodness though. What was that? and will it be available to watch again?
there were a few funny bits, and i'll keep watching it. but i thought he might have done something interesting with the medium after so long away from tv. the clips with actors were embarrassingly bad; i only hope they're going somewhere in future weeks.
"i've read the complete works of william blake. fuck you."
was well embarrassing, no humour in that. said it with venom, like he'd written all of blake, not read it.
some of the repertition style stuff didn't seem to come accross very well on telly though, when I saw him live and he did that it was more intermate and stupidly funny. I still liked those bits though, and the rest of it was really enjoyable.