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Scenes in the House of Comedy: Interview with Stewart Lee

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Stewart Lee is perhaps one of the finest stand-up comedians working in Britain today. His status can be measured not in terms of the size of the venues he plays or in the number of biographical ‘booky wooks’ he sells, but rather in terms of the integrity and insight that he brings to the form of stand-up comedy. In 2009 his television show Comedy Vehicle was cited in The Guardian as one of its top ten television highlights of the year, with the comment that it ‘was the kind of TV that makes you feel like you’re not the only one wondering how we came to be surrounded by so much unquestioned mediocrity’.

Keywords: Lee & Herring; Stewart Lee; Ted Chippington; audiences; political correctness; stand-up comedy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/cost.2.1.5_7

Affiliations: Southampton Solent University Leicester Square Theatre, Thursday, 9 December 2010

Publication date: April 20, 2011

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  • Comedy Studies covers multiple aspects of comedy, with articles about both contemporary and historical comedy, interviews with practicing comedians and writers, reviews, letters and editorials. The journal seeks to be instrumental in creating interdisciplinary discourse about the nature and practice of comedy, providing a forum for the disparate voices of comedians, academics and writers.
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