Stand-Up Comedy by Stewart Lee


   

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Stewart Lee is said to have been born on Friday 5 April 1968, which would make him 54 years and 10 months old (if this date is accurate and he is alive today).


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Stewart Lee was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 54 years old.
Stewart Lee: Tornado posterStewart Lee: Tornado
      2022 | U.K. | Laughs: 6.7 | imdb: 7.6
      

What a surprise and what a treat to see another show by Stewart Lee has come out only months after Snowflake. There's no overlap between the last set and this one, which was thoroughly fun. If Stewart impresses, his releasing two excellent sets within the same year takes things to another level and is a glimmer of hope in a world where everything once good tends to decay without ever bouncing back. Spoken from someone who's recently seen Bill Burr's latest special.

(Last viewed: October 2022)

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Stewart Lee was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 54 years old.
Stewart Lee: Snowflake posterStewart Lee: Snowflake
      2022 | U.K. | Laughs: 6.5 (Chuckle) | imdb: 7.5
      

Although I've enjoyed much of Stewart's comedy in the past, I was nervous about watching this special as I'd been unable to finish the previous one, Content Provider (by the time you read this, I may have gone back to it.)

For most of the show, Stewart riffs on cancel culture, a topic that is probably far closer to home for him than it is for viewers. Some bits border on the tedious, despite his own meta-commentary acknowledging this very fact. As a proxy for the show's rhythm, the Ricky Gervais bit was hilarious until it got too long, about a quarter of the way through. In the end, he does manages to walk the thin line between tedium and entertainment for an hour without tumbling, leaving me satisfied to have watched the show.

On the one hand, I'm reminded that Stewart's comedy is too special to ignore. On the other hand, I detect a number of cheap jokes that would not have made it into former shows.

(Last viewed: September 2022)

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Stewart Lee was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 38 years old.
Stewart Lee: 90s Comedian posterStewart Lee: 90s Comedian
      2006 | U.K. | Laughs: 4.0 (Chuckle) | imdb: 8.6
      

Involving the audience into the inner workings of the show as it is being performed, Stewart takes on such topics as plagiarism, terrorism and catholicism, and undertakes to deliver a joke that cannot be stolen. I was very entertained and enjoyed more than a few chuckles. A fine piece of comedy (or a piece of fine comedy) which has my unreserved endorsement, except if laughing at the expense of religion makes you uncomfortable. (Last viewed: September 2018)

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Stewart Lee was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 44 years old.
Stewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World posterStewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World
      2012 | U.K. | Laughs: 3.0 | imdb: 8.6
      

While this show doesn't rank very high for pure laughs, it gave me a lot of pleasure. I had read that Stewart Lee is "a comedian's comedian", and as a large consumer of stand-up comedy I enjoyed how he weaves comments about that art into the show. In parallel to the apparent thread of the routine, Stewart deconstructs his own performance, which often serves as a greater comedic device than the "plain jokes".

The show was at least half an hour too long for my taste, a taste that I don't mind apologizing for. This was my first encounter with Stewart Lee. I'll be excited to discover more of his material. (Last viewed: August 2018)

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Stewart Lee was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 37 years old.
Stewart Lee: Stand-Up Comedian posterStewart Lee: Stand-Up Comedian
      2005 | U.K. | Laughs: 3.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 8.5
      

Even though this set is about half an hour too long for my taste and only gave me a few chuckles, I'm glad I didn't miss it as it was stimulating and I enjoyed it. Apart from his trademark deconstruction of his own act, Stewart compares himself to Jesus and brushes on entertaining themes such as Americans in their natural habitat, Eddie Izzard's fake improv, and Princess Diana's achievement of underachievement. (Last viewed: September 2018)

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Stewart Lee was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 40 years old.
Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand-Up Ever! posterStewart Lee: 41st Best Stand-Up Ever!
      2008 | U.K. | Laughs: 1.8 (Chuckle) | imdb: 8.4
      

In this show, among other themes, Stewart talks about his mom's admiration for a stand-up comedian she once saw on a cruise ship. I found the set a little slower than the other of Stewart's that I'd seen, but in between the tedious fillers (there are several, such as the time when Steward mimes engraving a headstone) the bits when he actually talks are good. An enjoyable if occasionally dull show. (Last viewed: September 2018)

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Stewart Lee was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 42 years old.
Stewart Lee: If You Prefer a Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One posterStewart Lee: If You Prefer a Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One
      2010 | U.K. | Laughs: 1.7 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 8.4
      

This was the fifth show of Stewart's that I watched and the one I enjoyed the least, although some bits of it did make me smile. One of my problems with it is that Stewart does a long segment about the cast of a TV show that I'd never heard about (I guess that gives away that I either don't live in the U.K. or don't watch television). Even without that, it is his worst set up to 2018. But it's still attaching, if only for the unusual and memorable parts when Stewart harangues the crowd from the balustrade then sings a song on the guitar. (Last viewed: September 2018)

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