Stewart Lee

WATCH: Stewart Lee Absolutely Nails Ukip

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Comedy

In case you missed this: comedian Stewart Lee takes Ukip expertly to task - particularly deputy leader Paul Nuttall - in an episode from the most rece...

Stewart Lee: A Revolution in Standup

Julian Dutton | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Julian Dutton

Some artistic revolutions are only recognised in hindsight, some spotted when they're actually happening. Vasari knew he was living through a Renaissance, so did Brian Epstein. As Stewart Lee's 3rd television series comes to an end it's clear to me that nothing less than a one-man revolution in stand-up comedy has occurred.

Why Stewart Lee Is Wrong About Slapstick

Julian Dutton | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Julian Dutton

It's quite obvious that Del Boy's fall through the bar is far more than slapstick. It is one of the most complex and richly persistent gags in world culture - the undermining of the male peacock, the crumpling of male vanity, the puncturing of the deluded male ego: in short, the perennial comedy of the mating game.

10 Big-Name Acts To See At Edinburgh

Digital Spy | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Comedy

As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme gets heavier every year, it gets harder and harder to choose who to see. Much of the fun will come in pi...

Stewart Lee Is the Biggest Threat to the Edinburgh Fringe

Harry Deansway | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

When he's not telling audiences how to attend the Fringe or saturating the TV schedules with his own shows, he's telling comedians how they should be comedians [2]. He has so many rules I just wish he'd write them all down because I'm losing track of what we are allowed to do and not do...

Should I Just Sit Down for Good?

Joff Thompson | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Joff Thompson

It probably seems a little bit rich for someone who hasn't exactly made it as a stand-up (Hyphen? Space? One word? Who knows?) comedian to be blogging about what they think makes a good stand-up and passing judgement on the subject. But never mind...

Comedy? It Isn't Funny Anymore

Jason Holmes | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Jason Holmes

Such is the tedium served up these days, making stark the realisation that the bile and satire of 30 years ago has vanished. Watching such inchoate comedy (I'm not sure it's even stand-up) is like having your leg humped by a glove puppet: it's attention grabbing but without the necessary aggression which is key to the best comedy.

Stewart Lee's History Of Stand-Up On TV

Time Out | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Comedy

Thinking inside the box with the maverick comedian Iconoclast comedian Stewart Lee knows TV's delicate relationship with live comedy better than a...

Interview - Richard Herring

Jack Pelling | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Comedy
Jack Pelling

I got the chance to speak to Richard about how he uses the internet as a medium for comedy and how it has changed the way people make us laugh.

Wannabe Policeman is Illegally Ripping Off London Comedy Show Posters

John Fleming | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

To save money on paying the police, England and Wales are now blessed with cheaper "Community Support Officers" to back-up the 'real' police. I suspect (with no evidence, m'lud) that these are often wanna policemen and wannabe policewomen with over-developed superiority complexes.

Stewart Lee: 'You Can't Win At Comedy'

Such Small Portions | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Comedy

Stewart Lee. There are few names which carry more significance in contemporary British comedy. Not only has Lee worked in the industry for over two...

Top Ten UK Comedy Shows...You've Never Heard Of

Philph E. Burbs | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Comedy
Philph E. Burbs

Here's a list. Not a television show of a list but a real list written in real words. The topic? The finest alternative comedy shows ever produced for UK television...that you've never watched.

Autumn's Biggest Charity Comedy Gigs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Comedy

Say what you like about stand-up comedians (and they do), but they're a charitable bunch. We've rounded up some of the finest UK comedy nights being h...

The Long Lost Golden Era Of Comedy

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Tiernan Douieb

Aside from getting confused about how anyone can listen to more than three dubstep tracks in a row without feeling like they need a shit, I am wary of criticising anything or pretending that it was much better in my day.

The BBC: The Real Threat To The Fringe

Harry Deansway | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

With audience numbers down and the increasing commercialization of the Fringe Harry Deasway reckons the last thing we need is a BBC funded Edinburgh venue.

Edinburgh Fringe Face-Off: Stewart Lee Vs Nica Burns

The Guardian | Posted 09.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Halfway through week one of the fringe, and the big story is – well, pretty much the same as last week's big story. Stewart Lee's broadside against ...

Daniel Kitson: The Salinger Of Standup

The Guardian | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Daniel Kitson doesn't do tours, interviews, TV or DVDs. So how did a reclusive enigma become the most sought after standup of his generation? As the c...

Writing Punch - Creating the Darkest of Characters for the Edinburgh Fringe

Steven Bloomer | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Steven Bloomer

The central character in Punch is the most heinous, twisted, barbarous person I have ever tried writing. He's impervious to any shred of empathy, tact or compassion and yet I agree with (almost) everything he says.

Stewart Lee: The Slow Death Of The Edinburgh Fringe

The Guardian | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Comedy

For decades, the Fringe has been a utopia for artists and performers – but now profit-obsessed promoters are tearing it to pieces. They must be stop...

Stewart Lee On Jimmy Carr: 'The Public Need To Get Fed Up With Standups'

The Guardian | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Comedy

The furore over Jimmy Carr's tax avoidance could spark a much-needed shakedown of standup comedy, Stewart Lee has said. The comedian also raised th...

Who Are The Most Influential People In Comedy?

Tim Clark | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Comedy
Tim Clark

How exactly do you come up with a definitive list of who has shaped the British comedy industry that we see today?

Riding in Cars with Boys

Taylor Glenn | Posted 11.08.2012 | UK Comedy
Taylor Glenn

I will say this: feminism, especially feminism on the comedy circuit, is in a weird place right now. From my experiences the past few years doing stand up, I've learnt that if you're a woman on the circuit you're expected to feel a certain way about certain issues, shun certain organisations, promoters and publications, and conversely, embrace others.

BAFTA Television Awards 2012: And The Comedy Nominees Are...

Chortle | Posted 24.04.2012 | UK Comedy

Stewart Lee, Miranda Hart and Mrs Brown’s Boys have all been nominated for Bafta awards. Lee’s Comedy Vehicle has been shortlisted for best comedy...

Chortle Comedy Awards: Who Was There, And Who Won What

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Comedy

The 2012 Chortle comedy awards took place on Monday night at the Cafe de Paris in London. As Chortle itself said, "the grumps triumphed" - with 10 ...

Stories V! by Scott McClanahan (REVIEW)

Declan Tan | Posted 17.02.2012 | Home
Declan Tan

The Next Thing: McClanahan's first novel will be put out next year by Tyrant Books. He is also writing The Sarah Book in 2012, a chapter of which is included here. Which is all looking pretty good for McClanahan disciples, particularly as he's planning some readings in Europe for next year. Look out for him.