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Stewart Lee: If You Prefer a Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One (2010)

After hearing comedian Frankie Boyle say that all comedian over 40 should quit because they're not angry enough any more, 42-year-old Stewart Lee ponders youth, piracy, pears and the hatefulness of the Top Gear presenters.

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After hearing comedian Frankie Boyle say that all comedian over 40 should quit because they're not angry enough any more, 42-year-old Stewart Lee ponders youth, piracy, pears and the hatefulness of the Top Gear presenters.

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Hilarious-Lee, Intelligent-Lee, Angri-Lee, it's Stewart Lee.
8 March 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Stewart Lee is hilarious, smart and damn good at what he does. He's also not really bothered about what people think of him, which means that there may be many people who don't ever realise just how hilarious, smart and good he is.

I first discovered him when he used to work with Richard Herring many years ago. He was the angrier, sharper one while Herring was the lighter part of the duo and they worked well together. Having said that, they've both had equally great careers on their own and have established loyal, if not massive, followings.

This show is available on DVD and was filmed in Glasgow. It's also a look at a comedian who can both provide traditional laughs and non-traditional laughs. A comedian who uses a number of great tricks and contrived situations to make people laugh and perhaps think about their own attitude to other things in life (from coffee shops to Top Gear).

Stewart Lee may not be bothered about what others think of him, but that doesn't stop him from being one of the best of the best in his field. He's often been called "a comic's comic" and his deconstruction and daring make it easy to see why that claim holds up.

He may not have the "righteous fury of youth" on his side, as Frankie Boyle perhaps does (watch the show to get the context), but he has plenty of venom and disdain to spread throughout a 100+ minute show and the crowd he plays to seem to appreciate that and get many of the points that he makes throughout the show.

Love it or hate it, if you watch the whole show and make your own mind up by the end of it then I suspect that Stewart Lee will be pleased enough with that. If he's ever pleased enough with anything nowadays.


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