10/07/2012 11:56 BST | Updated 10/07/2012 11:56 BST

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

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 the possibility of the situation toppling the coalition government, following David Cameron's scathing public response.

In an interview with Scotsgay magazine, Lee argued that, despite Carr's subsequent apology, the episode demonstrated that comedians and their audiences are not necessarily on the same side, or facing the same day-to-day problems.