Stewart Lee's history of stand-up on TV

Thinking inside the box with the maverick comedian

0

Comments

Add +

Iconoclast comedian Stewart Lee knows TV's delicate relationship with live comedy better than anyone. Ahead of his Comedy Central series showcasing leftfield comics he outlines the history of stand-up on television…

Picture credit: Steve Ullathorne.

‘The Comedians’ (1971-79, Granada)

Deftly edited showcase of effortlessly sexist and casually racist ’70s club comics of undeniable skill but no ambition. Their 50 interchangeable quips are interspersed with Dixieland jazz played by white people.

Latest comedy features

Halloween comedy shows

We round up some spooktacular Halloween comedy shows that’ll make you die laughing

Lee Mack: stand-up or sit down?

Should you see the Lancashire joke maestro live on stage, or on the box?

Video: The internet interviews… Tim Minchin

You asked Google, we asked the Aussie musician-comedian

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show review

  • Rated as: 3/5

The timing, the fez and the fumbled illusions are all there in this faithful tribute show

See more comedy features

Users say

0 comments