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.
'Saturday Live' (1985-88, C4)
Blabby Ben Elton shouts over a floodlit sheep-pen of caned casuals, and subtly distances himself from the weird and interesting acts he introduces (such as a brilliant Kevin McAleer with his unequalled owl slide show). Prefiguring the mass modern comedy phenomenon of “failed irony”, Harry Enfield’s Loadsamoney scores big with the cash-rich Thatcherites it ridicules.
We profile this software developer by day, rising stand-up star by night
She’s back, has had a change of heart on Section 28 and is now a cabaret sensation!
Fans of ‘30 Rock’, rejoice! Tina Fey’s new sitcom is finally landing on Netflix. We watched the first four episodes…
- Rated as: 4/5
More surreal gems, this time with a backstory, from the punning giant