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STEWART LEE JUNE 2012
FROM THE DECK OF Stew@lee JUNE SARPONG 2012 EDINBURGH BEN MOOR YOU ARE NOTHING, BOOK Night Of The Unexpected/CAGE BAFTA/JOKE COMPETITION CARPET REMNANT WORLD DATES SIDEBOTTOM/AUTUMN LIVE DATES EDINBURGH - BRIDGET CHRISTIE/S LEE My wife Bridget Christie, who likes nothing more than to be referred to as 'wife of comedian Stewart Lee' by journalists, and I are both at the new/old Assembly Rooms venue on George St in Edinburgh in August. I am doing Carpet Remnant World for the last time. Bridget is doing her new show War Donkey at 1.30, but the Fringe website is confusing about the times. Bridget Christie - The War Donkey. What are Tory feminists? How did Hitler choose soups in restaurants? Why isn't there a Spielberg blockbuster about donkeys, and why did Colonel Gadaffi hate them? Bridget Christie knows. And will wear stilts. Baffling stand-up and grotesque manifestations from someone who's been on Radio 4's News Quiz, E4's Cardinal Burns, Sarah Millican's Support Group and Harry Hill's Little Internet Show. 'Avant-garde comedian of prodigious talent' (Guardian). 'True, beautiful insanity' (Sunday Times). 'Brilliant political bite' (Arts Desk). 'Insightful, intelligent, absurd … hits highs of genuine brilliance' ( Chortle.co.uk ). www.bridgetchristie.co.uk . Book here. http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/bridget-christie-war-donkey Total sell out 2011. And me : http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/stewart-lee-carpet-remnant-world BEN MOOR - COELACANTH Nits will remember I wrote the introduction for a print version of one of Ben Moor's shows, which are simply amongst the best bits of theatre you will ever see. Coelacanth is touring now and if you like me you will love this, as it is like better than me, and is a bit like Daniel Kitson, or all those New York story-telling wimps Twitter likes, or Jesus, but better, and without all the rubbish concessions to mass appeal that mean I make a living and can afford to go to Edinburgh, which these kind of shows no longer can. If you don't go to this, and you ever complain about how everything's gone to shit, then it is your fault as you are part of the problem. Anyway, here's the press release, which calls Ben a 'comedy writing talent' and says the show comes 'from the imagination of Ben Moor'. Don't be put off, jaded thrillseekers. He's much better than that. With ace music too from Suns of the Tundra. Tweet your mates, twats. "From the imagination of Ben Moor, one of the Edinburgh Fringe's most lauded comedy writing talents, comes an extraordinary tale of love, loneliness, tree climbing and deeply oblivious fish. She's a rising star in the sport of competitive tree climbing; he's a quiet nonentity. How they fall in love isn't the story. Staying together when the world is filled with imaginary flat mates, underground Compliment Clubs and Satanic jazz bands – that's the story. Coelacanth (pronounced see-la-kanth) was adapted for BBC Radio Four, won a Herald Angel Award in 2005 and earned Ben a Best Actor Award nomination from The Stage. "Storytelling as funny as it is beautiful" – ★★★★ The Guardian "Irreverent, inventive and hauntingly beautiful" – ★★★★ The Times June 21 to 23; Tobacco Factory Theatre, BRISTOL – http://tobaccofactorytheatre.com/shows/detail/coelacanth/ June 25 to 26; Oxford Playhouse, OXFORD – http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/show/?eventid=2616 June 27; Harrogate Theatre, HARROGATE – http://www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk/page.aspx?parent=18aadf8c-40a3-46f7-bf6c-e960d786908e&showIdentifier=493365fd-32ca-4946-a172-9f79bd63fe41 July 6; The MAC, BELFAST – http://themaclive.com/whats-on/ben-moor-coelacanth/ You Are Nothing, book http://www.gofasterstripe.com/cgi-bin/website.cgi?page=videofull&id=13960 Robert Wringham's important book, You Are Nothing, is available above. Thee Fyrst and Onlie History of Cluub Zarathustra It comes complete with a limited edition Cluub badge, and also a free download of a pdf copy of the book! It's! Simon Munnery. Stewart Lee. Roger Mann. Lori Lixenberg. Richard Thomas. Kevin Eldon. Also! Richard Herring. Jason Freeman. Sally Phillips. Tom Binns. Andy Riley. Dave Thompson. And! Harry Hill. Waen Shepherd. Al Murray. Graham Linehan. Johnny Vegas. Peter Baynham. Julian Barratt. Cluub Zarathustra was an unorthodox comedy club based in an Islington pub basement between 1994 and 1997. Anticipating Fist of Fun, The Mighty Boosh, and Jerry Springer: The Opera, it all happened here, presided over by The League Against Tedium. Those who attended bore witness to the birth of today's finest comedy. They were also insulted, dribbled on, and forced to wear dunce's caps. But that was all part of the fun. Based on new interviews with the principal cast, supporting artists, and audience members (and on tonnes of fusty old interviews and press cuttings too), Robert Wringham tells the story of Cluub Zarathustra: the seldom-celebrated and viciously experimental underground comedy cabaret. At last! The story of Cluub Zarathustra can be told. Finally! Roger Mann bares all. Regrettably! It's mostly based on drunken half-memories from two decades ago. Come. Join us at the wonkiest, yet arguably most important, crossroads in all of comedy history. NIGHT OF THE UNEXPECTED/CAGE The Night of the Unexpected is at the Bishopsgate Institute, London, June 16th. I'm appearing as part of a trio doing a John Cage piece. There are loads of great musicians in it. 8pm. £12. The Night of the Unexpected is a one-night festival, an experience full of surprises. Offering a unique overview of developments in New Music, the event brings together an international programme cutting right through styles and genres, from experimental techno to composed music, exploring musical boundaries. The Night of the Unexpected counteracts your expectations and playfully questions existing habits, surrounding the audience with concerts, performances and sound installations. Roland Spekle (curator) Artists to include Han Bennink, Philip Jeck, Tania Chen, Steve Beresford, Stewart Lee, Monica Germino, Frank van der Weij, Joel Ryan, Evan Parker, Scanner, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group and onedotzero. The event is produced by Spitalfields Music. Tickets £12 in advance, £15 on the door. Further information Telephone 020 7392 9200 BAFTA Amazingly, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle won the Bafta for Best Comedy in May, but is mysteriously absent from the list of awards in all national newspapers except the Guardian and The Independent, as were my world record breaking two British Comedy Awards the previous January, and the presentation of the Bafta award was also cut from the TV broadcast. Even more gratifyingly, in case I should become vain, a clearly undersold Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall are offering free tickets to my show there on June 1st as a prize in a 'joke competitio'. Here's the deleted scene that was considered 'too dull for mainstream TV. And here's that Joke competition. Assembly Hall @ahttw Competition time- Make us laugh and someone will win a pair of tickets to see Stewart Lee this Fri 1 June. Use #heheaht CARPET REMNANT WORLD Carpet Remnant World is the title of the new full length show, Aug 2010-Aug 2011. Thanks to all who came so far. It has been really very good. JUNE Friday 1st - Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells - 8.00pm Box Office 01892 530613 / 532072 Book Online Friday 8th - West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds - Box Office: 0113 213 7700 Book Online. Saturday 9th - The Alban Arena, St Albans - 01727 844488 Wednesday 13th - Bedford Thursday 14th - Grand Theatre, Swansea - Box Office: 01792 475715 ON SALE SOON. Friday 15th - Lighthouse, Poole - Box Office: 0844 406 8666 Book Online Friday 22nd - Civic Theatre, Chelmsford - Box Office: 01245 606 505 ON SALE SOON. Saturday 23rd - City Hall, Salisbury - 8.00pm - Box Office: 01722 434434 Book Online. Sunday 24th - Northcott Theatre, Exeter - Box Office: 01392 493493 Book Online. Tuesday 26th - Hull Wednesday 27tH - Thurs 28th - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester - Box Office: 01905 611427 ON SALE SOON. JULY The show will then be slimmed down from its current 2hrs running time to 75 minutes for the final dates, including a reprise of the show for the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, as part of The Stand's Assembly Rooms program, having been originally run it at The Stand in the Summer of 2011. DON'T WORRY. THE 2012 Assembly Rooms program is nothing to do with the ASSEMBLY company, that used to be housed there, run by Bill Burdett-Coutts, of Coutts Bank. It will not, therefore, feature loads of out of date Radio 4 acts, exploited theatre companies, and lousy comedians shoe-horned in by management company package deals, and so you can go there with the same confidence you would approach, say, The Stand. I am worried the cool kids will think Assembly Rooms is Assembly and stay away. It isn't. Don't. Weds 4th - Hebden Bridge (still full length) Friday July 13th/Sat July 14th - The Shed, North Yorkshire http://www.theshed.co.uk/gigs Sunday 15th - Richmond Theatre, Richmond - 8.00pm Box Office 0844 871 7651 Book Online Wednesday 18th - Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London - 8.00pm Box Office: 0844 847 9910 Book Online . Monday 30th - Newcastle Stand Tuesday 31st - Falkirk Comedy Festival August 2nd - 26th, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/stewart-lee-carpet-remnant-world AUTUMN DATES Sunday Sept 16th FRANK SIDEBOTTOM STATUE FUNDRAISER, LEXINGTON, LONDON It's a fantastic Frank Sidebottom Statue Fundraiser organised by the London branch, being held at the Lexington, London N1 on Sunday 16th September. Appearing on the night will be: STEWART LEE , SIMON MUNNERY, KEVIN ELDON, BRIDGET CHRISTIE , THE GLUVETS DREAM THEMES , ADRIAN R TEENBEAT .. and THE (LONDON) OH BLIMEY BIG BAND Running order will be decided on the night, according to what we think will work best showbiz-wise. Come on down for thrills and fun, including a raffle, merch stall, 'the Sidie mannequin' and our fantastic puppet finale. ++ These will sell out in about minus one second, so don't miss out! ++ A fundraiser for the indie/comedy legend, Frank Sidebottom. The man underneath the papier mache head, Chris Sievey, sadly, died on June 21st 2010, after a short battle with cancer. Now, the FRANK SIDEBOTTOM STATUE FUND has been set up in an attempt to raise £60,000 for a bronze statue of Frank, which will be placed in Timperley Village as a permanent tribute / memorial. More details about Frank, the fund and how you can donate in the meantime, can be found here. http://www.franksidebottom.org.uk/site/ We miss Frank and we want the campaign for a statue to succeed. He put Timperley on the map. You know he did, he really did. And he was an enormous influence and inspiration to a great many people. Not to mention, a fantastic bloke. We're very lucky to have some big names involved in this, all giving their time absolutely free, and are looking for other high profile acts to get involved with future events across the country. £10.23P 7pm http://www.wegottickets.com/event/170451 Weds Sept 26th - Cancer benefit, London somewhere Friday 21st Dec - Robin Ince Xmas show, London somewhere
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GeneralWalking around outside, looking at things, crushing my enemies and seeing them driven before me and hearing the lamentations of their women.
MusicDust Harvest, Derek Bailey, of Hackney and Barcelona, Iva Bittova, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, The Fall, Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, and Tucson music, Guided By Voices, Scott Walker, Billy Jenkins, Evan Parker, Eleventh Dream Day, Yo La Tengo, and Paisley Underground (Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, Long Ryders and that kind of stuff). Old reggae, old blues, trad British folk music (Martin Carthy, Dick Gaughan, Bert Jansch, old Fairport Convention, Trees, etc) and psychy-folk rock, the C86 bands of my youth, 60's psyche and garage, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Television, Quicksilver Messenger Service, punky power-pop, Posies, Plimsouls, free improvised jazz things, country rock, The Byrds, Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo. Dave Graney, The Go-Betweens, Nick Cave, The Beasts of Bourbon, and all grizzled Australians.
MoviesCulloden, London, Robinson In Space, La Cabina, Spinal Tap, Seven Samurai, Paris Texas, Hal Hartley, Italian Westerns, Django, Once Upon A Time In The West, Laurel and Hardy, The Edge Of The World, Gallivant, Shane Meadows, Dead Man's Shoes, Round Midnight, Shawshank Redemption, Last Resort, My Summer Of Love, Bombon El Perro, P Almodovar, The Story Of The Weeping Camel, Whistle And I'll Come To You, D Argento, Suspiria, Herzog's Loch Ness, Grizzly Man, Wicker Man, Local Hero, Dogma films, Festen, The Idiots.
BooksWilliam Blake, Arthur Machen, Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence, Dan Rhodes, Ray Bradbury, Julian Cope, Eric Linklater, Neil M Gunn, Stan Lee, Phillip Larkin, Alasdair Gray, William Golding, Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Carver, William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Alan Moore, David Jones, Peter Ackroyd, Daredevil comics, Frank Waters, Steve Aylett, Robert E Howard, Beowulf.
HeroesSpiderman, King Arthur, Jeff Lint
- Go Faster Stripe
- Real Talent Presents
- Reverend Ted Chippington
- Ben Moor
- Robin Ince
- Barbara Manning
- mr biscuits
- The Go-betweens
- 13th Floor Club
- Jeff Lint
- Bridget Christie
- Dust Harvest
- Billy Jenkins
- Derek Bailey
- Giant Sand
- Dave Graney
- julian crouch
- Boothby Graffoe
- Damon & Naomi
- Nick West
- The Vortex
- The Long Ryders
- Tony Bevan - Foghorn Re…
- Bomp Records Suzy Shaw
- 13th Floor Elevators
- Neko Case
- Eleventh Dream Day
- Head Heritage
- KING TUBBY
- Andrew O'Neill
- Anton Barbeau dis-emplu…
- Gail Brand
- "Death To Trad Rock" By…
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Below is 41st Best Stand-up Ever dvd. The feature show was captured in extreme close-up at The Stand comedy club in Glasgow last April. In addition to this 75 minute show, extras on the DVD include a 45 minute interview conducted by Johnny Vegas, and a live performance at a conference of Entomologists.
You can get it online from Amazon and most good DVD retailers now… Or you can pick it up instore from HMV, Zavvi, etc.
1987 - 1st Edinburgh Fringe shows.
1988 - 1st stand-up gigs.
1989 - 1st London gigs.
1990 - Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year, start of ongoing stand-up career... as of 2006 19 Edinburgh Festivals, 3 Montreals, 2 Melbournes, 2 Adelaides, 1 Kilkenny, 2 Leicesters etc etc.
1991 - Write for On The Hour, BBC Radio 4, and Spitting Image, ITV.
1992 - Write and appear in Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World, with Richard Herring, BBC Radio 4.
1994 - Write and appear in Fist of Fun, BBC Radio 1, with Richard Herring, which transfers for two TV series, BBC2, 1995, 96.
1995 and following, appear in Simon Munnery's Club Zarathustra, Edinburgh. Start writing music stuff for Sunday Times.
1996 - Failed Club Z pilot for C4.
1997-98 This Morning With Richard Not Judy, BBC2, and script editing for Harry Hill, Al Murray.
1999 - Direct Mighty Boosh in Edinburgh.
2000 - direct Simon Munnery's Attention Scum for BBC2.
2001 - Start contributing to and directing Richard Thomas' Jerry Springer The Opera. Novel The Perfect Fool published.
2002 - Pea Green Boat at Traverse, Edinburgh, and BAC, and on radio 4.
2003 - JSTO at National Theatre. Olivier awards etc.
2004 - Stand-Up Comedian at Ed Frin.
2005 - Stand-Up Comedian @ Melbourne, Auckland. 90's Comedian at Ed Frin. Stand-up DVD Stand-up Comedian released.
2006 - direct Talk Radio in Edinburgh, 90's Comedian @ Montreal. 90's Comedian DVD through GoFasterStripe.
2007 - What Would Judas Do?, monologe at Bush Thetare. INTERIORS with Johnny Vegas @ M'cr Festival. New s-up show '41st Best Stand-Up Ever' and play Johnson And Boswell Late But Live @ Ed Fringe.
2008 - Work in progress stand-up show SCRAMBLED EGG, and wrote ELIZABETH AND RALEIGH - LATE BUT LIVE for Edinburgh 2008. DVD released of 41st Best Stand Up Ever.
2009 - BBC2 series Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle . Tour of new show If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One. DVD 90'S COMEDIAN, AND PEA GREEN BOAT AUDIO CD, AVAILABLE AT WWW.GOFASTERSTRIPE.COM £10 DVD 41ST BEST STAND-UP EVER AVAILABLE JULY 28TH 2008, SHOPS, AMAZON ETC
Who I'd like to meet:Your results:
You are Spider-Man
|You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.
- Status: Married
- Religion: Atheist
- Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
- Occupation: writer/director/clown