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Stewart Lee

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Pretentious, Moi?

  • Mar 24, 2009
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Never before has their been a comedian much like Stewart Lee. A man who has the ability to take intelligent comedy to a whole new level of intelligent analysis, whilst remaining free of pugnacity and pretentiousness. His idea of a good joke is deconstructing what we all blindly find funny, or the idiocy of the modern entertainment that surrounds us.

He is a comedian that doesn't need a gimmick or a shtick that provides the hook to retain a comedians popularity or enhances growth in celebrity. He has been doing comedy since the 80s first starting with a partner, Richard Herring to become the duo Lee & Herring. Then Stewart began touring the scene alone and gained a cult following which included myself.

He is ultimately the master of dragging out a single joke and having it remain funny for the entire period. He is not for everyone as we all like the silliness of some of the biggest comedians, but if you want a thought provoking intelligent comedian then Stewart Lee is your man.

He can sometimes appear a bit too confrontational towards his fellow comics in some of his humour, but he's simply deconstructing their act to make his even funnier than before. You know he's right in everything he says even if it is just meant to be comedy. It's just a shame that this man isn't a bigger celebrity than he deserves to be. He recently gained a BBC 2 comedy show named "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" hopefully this, along with the likes of Fist of Fun will make him massive in the mainstream comedy market whilst still maintaining his trademark irreverence.

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Currently studying Law at University, my main interests revolve around Politics. I read quite a lot and love learning about History. Not just the history of a specific time, place and person, but I'm … more
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