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This is really, really shit.
but this week's sketches are dire
although I do like the way he's combining "Oh whoops, that wasn't 20 years ago, that's now!" with genuine 20 year old jokes.
my mum distracted me on the joke before "i don't think he's racist just thick"
Her: "that's not clever comedy is it"
no idea why people on here love him. youtube's of his stand up are shit as well.
and there are DOZENS of us who think the same.
but I like Stewart Lee.
It balances things out in social situations
on the red button was pretty good. Probably telling was the fact that the funniest bit was the cock up at the very end of the red button bit which they cut from the main show.
especially liked the not wanting to appeal to top gear fans and being worried about agreeing with racism to be polite
think it'd been toned down a bit for this?
but I can't think when the hell I saw it. On telly that is, not in person.
which as far as I remember was the same as when I saw him in camberly
It's a shame, the stuff I've seen of his on youtube has generally been much better. The whole of the political correctness routine from another show is on youtube and it is much funnier, it's much sharper and punchier, the one on telly tonight seemed jaded and lacklustre.
the sketches were pretty good, that joke about kofi annan was great, the red button thing was pretty good.
that joke about the conservatives though: he changed it from "the racist conservative party" to "the racists IN the conservative party". poor show. Nevertheless he did still do the "equating religion with mental illness is correct" thing, which was funny.
but you do have to moderate what you say for tv. IN the conservative party is less unfair, so he had to tone that down, but interesting he didnt feel the need to do the same with slagging off adrian childs last week. okay to offend individuals just not groups?
"equating religion with mental illness" was moderated too, because saying hindus is less controversial than muslims.
i enjoyed the end bit with political correctness gone mad.
for the second week in a row i thought the clips between actually worked. not funny exactly, but the hitler stuff at least made a point.
I agree with countzero, Herring is better. I saw him live the other week and he would be much better on television.
i'm going to go and see him in warrington at the end of the month. i like him so much i'm prepared to go to warrington.
It was pretty weak really wasnt it. I mean it wasnt terrible, just ok. Pretty bland and inoffensive.
Killed half an hour.
So I tried to watch this last night. After about 5 minutes I couldn't bear any more.
Wave that ballet shoe at the camera, Stu. That's funny. Haha. Wow. How do you think of this stuff?
Tell a joke, you twat.
I appreciate the interesting points they are making, it makes me think and ponder things I hadn't before and in some cases I feel enlightened.
I rarely find it funny or laugh though.
the jokes didn't seem to go anywhere. I got the feeling that half of the 'punchlines' (or whatever) had been left on the editing room floor. The sketches were awful.
Some of the stand up is ok but the sketches are awful. Have I grown out of sketches or do they just not make them like they used to? I don’t think I’ve laughed at sketch based comedy in years.
But otherwise this programme is great. I laughed out loud at several points. A lot at the Kofi Anan bit.
The routine didn't come across on telly as well as it did live (e.g. I remember some of the bits about political correctness getting appreciative applause when I saw it at Latitude)
I laughed back when he did it on TMWRNJ probably over 10 years ago. Also, I remember it being a 10 second joke on that show.
part of the trolley that the king/queen of the show could choose from where the main joke was always about Golden Grahams - just mentioned in passing by one of the two.
Clearly there was more to be gleaned from it :)
but it's quite hard to make sketches seem worthwhile now, they have to be pretty damn good and invetive to work, and they're not too bad, quite a nice suureal bent to them.
the stand up is ok, i mean it's kind of disappointing to see him still using jokes he did when i saw him two years ago, but hey, i guess this being a tv show it's kind of different. I think he's almost too self aware at times, i dunno, that's all part of his thing of course and it endears you to him, but it can stifle the comedy at time perhaps. Still though, he's probably the most original and funniest british comedian going right now. Ricky Gervais just seems like a parody of a parody now.
It's genuinely funny. I see no problem with it. He's always just doe his own thing for years, and never pandered to what is expected of a stand up comedian. And I personally think he's funnier than most. So stick that in your pipes. He's a lot more "clever" (to pick up on a phase in this thread) than say Charlie Brooker, but people wank over his crap all the time.
The ballet shoe (before the weak sketch) and Kofi Annan in particular. Pretty patchy, but still funnier than almost everything else on tv (with the exception of anything Harry Hill related).
People moaning about this should watch the 15 minute Mitchell and webb thing on beforehand to see some REALLY bad attempts at comedy. Cheesoid? Jesus.
SWEET BABY JESUS AND THE ORPHANS...
and is not fair to Charlie Brooker
"oh wah wah wah they're trying to be controversial and interesting when they're actually being smug and making points which are obvious and hackneyed"
but thats not true.
Charlie Brooker: gurns, acts smarmy and acts puerile
Stewart Lee: speaks slowly, acts smarmy and looks confused
fuck your life
I don't think I have ever seen stand-up on TV that has made me properly laugh. I like his delivery and tone and he almost always speaks sense but he doesn't make me laugh. But then I wouldn't expect him to.
There aren't that many funny programmes or films around. There never are. Maybe you could name a few current ones that are uproarious?
some of 30 Rock
I try not to judge a stand up comedian if I've not seen them live as it's a different experience. I find Stewart Lee funny but this show just doesn't work for me. It's meandering and ponderous and the trick of having a sketch after a joke that just illustrates the joke only works when the joke is really funny and I'm not finding them really funny. TV Burp on ITV afterwards was much funnier.
have no penis
he implied that Derby was in the north - stereotypical southerner.
Sadpunk's really gotten to him.
IT'S OK I LOVE YOU STEWART SADPUNK IS AN IDIOT.
but.. yeah. i compared him to john cage and then he compares himself to john cage in an article that mentions the thread in which i compare him to john cage
I've just finished reading his autobiography and after finding it to be the best thing I've read in ages, went back most of yesterday rewatching Time Trumpet and bits of the Comedy Vehicle on Youtube. The thing I found frustrating about the latter was that the shows tended to make more sense when you saw the red button interviews afterwards, but I bet 95% of viewers never did. A shame really.
I really like his stuff. I don't always find it hilarious but it challenges me and for that reason alone I think hes great. Series 2 is due to start soon but the Beeb have scheduled it into the early hours. Wimps...
watch in online anyway. I'd say that a good 100% or so of "studenty cunts and other vermin that frequent these forums" use iPlayer.