If You Prefer A Milder Comedian, Please Ask For One

If You Prefer A Milder Comedian, Please Ask For One … is the title of the new Stewart Lee live stand-up show.

Finally booked my tickets for this, and perhaps not a day too soon, because seats seem to be selling very well from my estimation. Given the intimate venues, necessary for Lee’s style in my view, and the recent qualified success of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle on the BBC, one shouldn’t hang about too long if one hasn’t yet booked.

Official If You Prefer A Milder Comedian, Please Ask For One Stewart Lee tour poster.
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Many thanks to Debi at Debi Allen Associates & Sally at Hob Publicity.

Work in progress, towards a new touring show, from the comedian currently fashionable amongst broadsheet newspaper critics due to his BBC2 series Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.

Stew says, “In this show, an account of something that happened to me in a coffee shop will be used as a convenient framing device for disparate material possibly concerning English Heritage, Top Gear, The Olympics, emigration, prawns, Bella Pasta, The National Trust, farmers, DH Lawrence, piglets, cathedrals, bees, Iggy Pop, cider adverts, riots etc etc.”

As usual, expect …
1) Some punchy stuff near the top
2) inexplicable hostility towards relatively innocuous figures
3) silences
4) repetition
5) sudden and/or gradual shifts in tone, velocity and volume
6) long routines experimenting with form rather than content
7) the possibility of failure
8) a quasi-serious bit at the end.
9) New for 2009! A song!

Thank-you for watching this show, if you did. Figs were 1.25 million by the end, building over the series, which apparently is perfectly acceptable these days, and critical reaction was very good. People have been nice about it in pubs and in the street. I was supposed to find out if there was a 2nd series in June but Lucy Lumsden quit her BBC comedy job and everything went wonky. There is a dvd available on September 7th, with 1 ½ hrs of extra stuff etc. I get 5 pence in the pound off this from the BBC so please buy it and don’t just steal it off the net. I neeeeeed this!

Further Reading…
Stewart Lee Interview2009 August 6th – Via ‘washing machine’.
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehiclemini-quasi-like-review over at johnpeel.net
Stewart LeeLee’s official website.
Stewart LeeWikipedia
Fist of FunExcellent fan site with plenty of resources.
Stewart Lee interview2008 – The Standup Blog.
Stewart Lee interview2007 – The Void
Stewart Lee Meets Ted ChippingtonBBC2 Culture Show on YouTube


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2 Responses to If You Prefer A Milder Comedian, Please Ask For One

  1. gary says:

    Five pence in the pound sounds pretty tight to me Stew, though I imagine it’s the norm for this kind of thing?

    You’re not secretly a late 19th century race singer from the delta are you? Blind Lemon Lee? Lightnin’ Lee? The Reverend Stewart Lee’s Resurrection Choir? Fat Hokum Lee & The Gadflies? Lead Belly Lee? Chicago Blue Stew? Shufflin’ Stewart Lee? Deep South Stew’s Tampa Blues? Hollerin’ Stewart Lee? Shropshire Stew & His Lafayette Laments…..enough?


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