Stewart Lee's history of stand-up on TV
Thinking inside the box with the maverick comedian
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.
‘Boom Boom… Out Go the Lights’ (1980-81, BBC2)
Short-lived, two-episode showcase for newfangled “alternative comedy”, comprising the DNA of the next 30 years of British stand-up. Brightly lit social workers drinking BBC orange squash fail to process the innovations of Rik and Ade’s Dangerous Brothers double act, Pauline Melville, and masked machine-gunman Keith Allen, all inexplicably interspersed with feelgood R&B from Paul Jones.
The ten shows that'll make you laugh most this month
- Rated as: 5/5
Nearly 30 years on, ‘Whose Line…’ is back and fresher than ever. You couldn’t make it up
- Adelphi Theatre The Strand, WC2R 0NS
- Tue Jun 23 - Sun Jul 5
Stuart Goldsmith's 'Comedian's Comedian Podcast' has had us chuckling on the tube this month
After Kylie packs up the last of her costumes, British Summer Time’s Great Oak stage will be invaded by a bunch of jokers for three nights of open-air comedy