10/12/2012 07:11 GMT | Updated 09/02/2013 05:12 GMT

Stewart Lee: 'I Don't Think A 16-Year-Old Me Would Want To Be A Comedian'

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 decades alongside luminaries such as Richard Herring, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris, has helped to shape the careers of comedians such as The Mighty Boosh and even writes for Harry Hill.

With the furore which surrounded the Jerry Springer: The Opera firmly behind him Lee is now riding high with a new-found recognition of his work, his show Comedy Vehicle has been commissioned by the BBC for another two series, he has a DVD out and he's even being recognised in the street again and plagued by twitter posts of his whereabouts across London.