Thursday, December 08, 2005

He's not saying he's Jesus

...that is for others to say.

For God's sake get someone to buy you Stewart Lee: Stand-Up Comedian for Xmas.

I saw it for the first time last night: and, for as long as I've loved the man and his works, it's only now he's evolved into what we should have guessed he could become - our Bill Hicks. Slightly surreal, poignantly bitter, as sarcastic as a sledge, and usually working about seventeen levels ahead of the audience. He even uses the word 'prelapsarian' during his assault on the US' prevailing values, and (in an inspired bit of sacred cow-slaying) slags off Eddie Izzard after one of his jokes doesn't get much of a laugh:

"Well that didn't work. Maybe I should've improvised like Eddie Izzard... pretends to do. *audience catcalls* No, don't get me wrong, it's not easy improvising for real, in fact it's really difficult. That's why it's much easier to just say 'um' in every sentence and give the illusion of spontaneity."

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