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Your next box set: Fist of Fun

7 February 2012 7:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Surreal one-liners and juvenile humour abound in this look at the early, anarchic days of Stewart Lee and Richard Herring

"It's not as good as I remember it," says the Stewart Lee quote on the front of this box set, no doubt prompting shops up and down the country to reinforce their doors for fear of being crushed by marauding punters blinded by such giddy hype. The quote, however, sums up Fist of Fun's appeal perfectly – not in the sense that it's no good, but that it trades on exactly this kind of cynical, studenty humour.

Fist of Fun was Stewart Lee and Richard Herring's first TV outing, airing on BBC2 in 1995 and sometimes notching up 3 million viewers a week, according to the reams of added commentary included here. Yet it's never had a DVD release before and has gained something of a cult reputation, largely down to the »

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