"I don't know how to feel about Stewart Lee. Sometimes I think he's quite funny, but most of the time overwhelmingly smug."
"I watched this DVD after seeing a praise filled recommendation from Dara O'Briain, the Irish comic. And I usually check the Amazon reviews of something as well, especially if it evokes a strong reaction. I was surprised to see no negative reviews for this. So I'm going to add this one, in the hopes that it might be of use to like minded comedy fans. In a nutshell, it was the worst comedy show I've ever ever sat through, that I can remember anyway. What could explain it, I wondered to myself? I clearly like Dara O'Briains comedy. Why did this not appeal to me? Well, I think what's happened is this. A comedian knows comedy, so if you present A and B and C together, the comedian can probably immediately see how they fit together, even if he's never heard the joke before. We also know that laughing is a result of the unexpected. Stewart Lee seems to put together A and B and C in unexpected ways. This means comedians might find it funny. But the general public would find utterly unfunny. To give an analogy; Picasso could actually paint really really well. Almost photographic quality. It was only when he broke all the "rules" of painting that he became famous though. And people said he was a genius. But if all you saw was his messed up paintings of women with a nose where their ear should be, you could be forgiven for saying "This guy can't paint. Why is he famous?" Stewart Lee, I think, might be the Picasso of comics. He didn't make me laugh. But professional comics can probably appreciate it, and laugh or whatever. Of course, that could all be rubbish. Maybe he's hilarious and I just don't get it. But I don't personally see much difference between a guy who studiously and ironically pretends not to be funny and pretends to have a comedic routine fall apart on stage and pretends to restart the show. and a guy who simply is not funny and who's comedic routine falls apart and has to restart the show."
"Think I'd rather listen to that documentary on moss than watch anymore Stewart Lee."
"Stewart Lee is about as funny as a car crash. He really is the most boring comedian out there. I thought he was unfunny last time I saw him. Surely a tiny requisite for being a comedian is to be at least slightly funny? A total hypocrite - he has a go at people making money from writing books - which is something he does and then goes on to make other points that he himself does. Stewart Lee is just a hypocritial, unfunny, weird looking gobshite. He'd be crap on Top Gear. He seems to be from the Jack Dee school of unfunny monotone comments that are just comments. Not funny comments or ones you agree with. Most of the laughter comes across as sympathy 'Wow, this fella is really boring and as funny as my cat eating whiskers'. I think Stewart Lee is a total cock, unfunny as a dose of the clap and boring as shite and therefore don't watch him. He had a go at Clarkson for making money off a book. He himself makes money off books. The 'comedian' had a go at someone else for making money off books. And he makes money off books himself. He is saying 'not good' for something he does himself. = Hypocrite. An unfunny cock. "
"The people who enjoy his comedy also like boring dinner parties, socialism even though they are all living the capitalist lifestyle and think nothing at all bringing up the topic of cheese boards into a conversation and make a joke out of it that only they find funny. They probably hate country folk that hunt even though they them selves have done fuck all to preseve our natural enviroment and are too busy indulging themselve inn their own smuggness to stop and realise what twats they are. Stewart Lee+Comedy= does not work out."
"Watching Stewart Lee certainly is a break from comedy. The last funeral I went to was genuinely far funnier than Lee's gig."
"Stewart lee is a prick. Saw him live he isn't funny just obsessed with stupid issues like political correctness."
"This guys is the worst comedian ever. i remenber him with some boring jokes about receipts. it was so bad. telling people what is the receipts is for. and that he had a receipt. i cant believe people liked it."
"Another devastatingly unfunny cunt, according to his bastard fans, anyone who doesn't find him funny aren't intelligent enough to get his humour. Since when has being smug, boring, spiteful and not to mention extremely fucking creepy been the height of hilarity? They can keep him the weirdo bastards. Solely put on this earth to condescend the absolute fuck out of anyone that's stupid enough to listen, mainly liberals who, like him, believe their smarter than everyone else. I remember seeing this cock on 8 out 10 cats once, not a great show i know although i quite enjoy watching sean lock on it, everytime he spoke he fell flat on his arse, it was so amusing watching him be outwitted by the very type of people he regulary deems witless, he went on to say that it was one of the lowest points of his career, not because he made himself look like a prick oh no, but because he wants people to believe he's to good for a show of that nature. It pains me to say it, bit i think i'm witnessing someone who's even more undeservedly aggrandized than even Bill fucking Hicks is, he's lucky that theres people stupid enough out there that will settle for someone like him who cannot, for the life of him, muster up the main ingredient that someone in his position SHOULD have, the ability to make others laugh, instead he gives them nastiness, bitterness, huge amounts of snobbery and one great big condescension, appalling beyond belief! I've been unfortunate enough to pay money to watch this talentless buffoon. He had this part of his act whereby he held an vinyl record above his head repeating the title, the multitude lapped it up as insecure in their intellect as lee himself. Only a fucking moron would put up with being patronised to fuck by such a unfunny, clearly bitter, out of date prick such as this 90's fucking throw back, there's no intelligence required for this onslaught of pure cuntishness. He tells what he thinks is a joke, then has the nerve to turns smugly to his audience and practically ask what type of joke it is and whether it's funny, again thinking he get's something everyone else doesn't, talk about vilifying the very people that pay for his meaningless existence, it's not their job to be judged it's yours you useless fucking humour vacuum. he's a cunt."
"He is the comedian every Guardian journalist can relate to. Smug, egotistical and self-contented."
"I know this guy. not well. but I can in fact confirm that he is a cock. I've spoken to him several times in the past at various get-together's (although not recently) and he is a bit of a pillock! He used to go out with my wifes' cousin. He came up a few times for Xmas and one or two other things. I found him to be a little condescending and a bit arrogant. I think it must be a thing with people who become famous, whereby they automatically think they are superior to you, just cos they've been on Telly. Anyway they've split up now and my wifes cousin seems a lot happier. I'd expect him to keep his stand-up routine seperate from day to day life, but then perhaps I'm expecting too much. I like his comedy, but as a person, he's a bit of an arse."
"You can tell that the laughing is uncomfortable laughing. They don't know when to laugh but feel they should. He thinks he's clever by explaining his own jokes and how they work. Other comedians could do the same but realise it's lazy and crap, but with a coating of Stewart's smug veneer it becomes 'intelligent' to his audience, cunts sucked into the Lee vortex of smug who think Lee is some military general of comedy who sets trap that allow him the have the last laugh as victory, when in fact he's just exploiting daft self-proclaimed comedy connoisseurs who he knows will like anything that's deemed intellectual, no matter how many times he mumbles 'crisps'."
"Ah Mr Lee is doing postmodernist comedy. Not only does he tell 'a joke' he then asks the audience whether the 'joke' is funny/offensive/ironic/slapstick/. or just crap. So now standup turns on its head by vilifying the audience for laughing/not laughing at a particular time during the performance. Hmm. Like prog rock which disappeared up its own arsehole or conceptual art which just relies upon the talentless flagellating the 'uneducated' so standup now moves into realm of not being funny, which (strokes beard here) is er. funny. Ladies and gentlemen and reviewers who "think he's the funniest thing on television right now" please get a grip. or watch some vintage Les Dawson to see how it's really done."
"You do a 9 minute routine on extreme misogyny and then finish it by describe someone as a `cunt' to get a cheap laugh. Pathetic hypocrisy. and not funny. Stewart Lee is using the word cunt - which is a misogynist word. He is a witless, hypocritical prick. And he isn't funny."
"Stewart lee seems like hes stuck in a 'right on' era. Hes not as funny, cutting edge or clever as he probably thinks he is. He gets some things right but his deire to challenge modern life and society dont quite hit the spot and come over as both studenty and smug. He reminds me of that other 'protesting' comedian Mark Thomas. Allthough both are probably well intentioned."
"I never really got Stewart Lee. His routine is simply tell a joke, take a 15 second pause, tell another joke, another pause. Irritated me so much that I could only stand 15 minutes of one show."
"SL's mastery of the English language and history has not made him funny, it appears to have just made him an arrogant twat. I'd rather listen to Chris Moyles than sit through Stewart Lee's unfunny drivel."
"Went to see this 'funny' guy last night. Funny he was not. Load of rubbish. Hardly anyone was laughing because his act is rubbish! I really fancied a good laugh to cheer my self up. Unfortunately I didn't get it. His style is to bang on about something for ages and ages and then come back to it for ages and ages. It was like being stuck with a bore at a dinner party, one that you want to punch."
"It's amazing he can't get a decent audience at this slot. It's probably because he's unfunny. Isn't it BBC?"
"I'd rather hear some good arse jokes than endure Lee's self satisfied smuggery. "
"Classic left wing socialist comedian. If they don't approve of you and you don't conform to their world view they'd rather put you up against a wall (a la Che Guevara). I hate this comedian. He's about 25 years out of date and is no doubt coming to the fore just as another failed Labour government is about to be kicked into the political wilderness for a generation."
"He sounds like Pam Ayres grandson, without her intellect. I'm sorry but this is self indulgent tedious piffle, allowed only because this 'worzelette' has been to oxford. Something funny please. More haha and less ooh ahh!"
"The reason he doesn't get invited onto Live at the Apollo is because the audience for that show tune in because they want to have a laugh, not be lectured by a pretentious, smug sixth form socialist."
"Didn't laugh once and his smugness irritates the fuck out of me."
"I sat through one episode of the Stewart Lee's "Comedy Vehicle". Half an hour thinking, "he can't be THIS bad surely? When's he going something, anything funny or even mildly interesting. but the Guardian loves him!" Half an hour of my life wasted that I'll never get back. Oh I see, it's post modern irony - he's a comedian who ironically, doesn't make you laugh."
"Same old mis-informed deluded shite from the master of donkeys wank humour."
I have been watching Stewart Lee religiously for a few years but season 2 of Comedy Vehicle is awful so far. He bounds back and forth between smugly denigrating other, more commercial standups, and self-indulgently whining/bragging that he isn't himself more popular. Making "ironic" jokes about his poor audience and venue. I know people will insist he is 'playing a character' here, but after dozens of references it comes off as extremely bitter, sad and misanthropic. His criticisms of modern stand-up would be valid were it not for the fact that more than half of the material is recycled from his old DVDs. You can't blast other comedians for a lack of talent/imagination and then rely on decades-old tried and tested material. Half the problem is his unbearable audience, insisting on articles like this that he is a 'thinking man's comedian' while lazily bellowing with laughter at each prompted pause in his speech, like a bunch of dogs being taught to beg for a treat."
"He was very disappointing when I saw him at the opera house about ten years ago. Gave the impression he couldn't really be arsed."
"I thought he was rubbish. He spent the whole time talking about nooks and crannys."
"He'd be a lot funnier if he didn't repeat the same parts over and over again, he'd be a lot funnier if he didn't repeat the same parts over and over again in the buildup to the punch line Stewart Lee comedian on BBC2 would be a lot funnier if he didn't repeat the same parts over and over again in the buildup to the punch line whilst telling his joke."
"He is a commie and a leftist oh i wonder why the BBC gave him a job. Well the British brainwashing corporation is on the ropes and with a bit of luck they will die and we can get rid of communism and leftism once and for all."
"Im a big fan of Stewart Lee. The best part about being a fan is that i can tell people he's my fave comic and if they know who he is then we can both bask in our feeling of superiority over the rest of the plebs. cos then we are both smart obviously cos Stewart Lee is smart and his jokes are clever and we get it and then we are clever obviously."
"I believe in giving everyone a chance. Sadly, every time i give said "comedian" that chance i find it reinforces my views: Pompous, self interested and self important twaddle. Maybe those who find him funny do it because it makes them feel clever. Its always good to play to the ego of your audience."
"He's got one of those faces I just want to burn. He hits the cunt button every time. Brisket headed, slanty eyed, repetetive dog's log. He has the puffy, flat faced appearance of a post-op rhinoplasty patient. I bet he stinks of ham, the Findus crispy cuntcake. He uses power of suggestion so that some people assume he's being clever and actually means something, when really he's just a complete fucking dickhead. To the gallows. "
"This guy is a comedian? You do realise they are meant to be funny? He really SHOULD give up his day job, if that is the case. You'll be telling me Bidisha is a journalist next. "Gerrawaywiyer", as my beloved Gran used to say. Adding, "You silly buggeranti". Ps. A tip. If you want to see a real comedian at work, hi thee to YouTube and cop some Tommy Cooper. He could make people wet their pants without saying a word. If this is what passes for comedy, I'm happy it has passed me by. Mind you, I was brought up on the likes of Laurel & Hardy, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton, so WTF would I know about comedy?"
"His look screams 'yeah, you know I'm awful but it could be alot worse'. So a liar as well. Self defeating burk. All of him looks constipated. Chocked up full of shit. Grim. An absolute fried cunt's testicle."
"Stewart Lee is pretty shit. He's a bog standard comedian, except he has this pseudo ironic facade, and it's all very lazy, because if he's funny then yay he's funny everybody praise the funny man and if he's not funny then oh lawdy he's not supposed to be funny that's the JOKE I can't believe you were so stupid as to expect that bit to be funny it's making a STATEMENT. It's the exact same covering-all-angles, non committal, insincere, bastardise-irony-for-your-own-self-aggrandisement approach as every 4chan acolyte who ever ruined your game of TF2, except because it's an ugly middle-aged bloke saying it to a crowd of thirty-something Londoners and making them feel clever, rather than making them feel like the superfluous sacks of skin they are, it's suddenly genius."
"Stewert Lee, im sorry i dont find you funny, but someones got to tell you, its no good the few people who come to see you telling you, you wont believe them, especially if most of them are your family and your friends, i suggest you wear a funny hat and a funny red nose on a spring, and forget writeing on the paper till you can find something funny to write, ps dont take this personell."
"To call Stewart Lee a comedian is fucking stretching it. He comes across as SUCH a cunt, so unfunny, so unoriginal, so needlessly offensive (still without being funny) and so prone to pointing out the bloody fucking obvious, in a manner which packs in all the charisma of a miscarried lamb, I don't actually know how he's got a career out of it. Stewart fucking Lee can fuck off, I hope I never see his ugly piggy little cunty slant-eyed face again, or hear his wretched, self-congratulating drawl ever again for that matter. The stout loathsome little twat."