Unto Us By Spike Milligan Essay

"A cultural bully from the Oxbridge Mafia who wants to appear morally superior but couldn’t cut the mustard on a panel game."

- Lee Mack, Comedian

"I have more light and shade and humanity than Stewart Lee."

- Richard Herring, Comedian

"Stewart Lee has created his own very profitable narrative that Stewart Lee = cool and Anything Else = shit."

- John Robins, Comedian

"The Grand Poobah of stand-up"

- Al Murray, Comedian

"The way Stewart Lee talks about stand-up totally sets my teeth on edge.
Really, you’re not doing anything that important."

- Kirsten Innes, Novelist

"Stewart Lee is not funny and has nothing to say"

- James Dellingpole, Daily Telegraph

"A sneering tosser."

- Rowing Rob, Guardian.co.uk

"Smug elitist liberalism. Who is this cunt?"

- Tokyofist, Youtube

"I hate Stewart Lee with a passion. He's like Ian Huntley to me."

- Wharto15, Twitter

"Stuart Lee = Cock."

- Brendon, Vauxhallownersnetwork.co.uk

"Stewart Lee is a massive asshole."

- Secretdeveloper, Youtube

"I saw him at a gig once, and even offstage he was exuding an aura of creepy molesty smugness."

- Yukio Mishima, dontstartmeoff.com

"I used to think stewart lee was quite good, then i spoke to him at edinburgh festival. Arse doesn't cover it. Ah well."

- Bobby Bhoy, Twitter

"Stewart Lee. Boring as hell and unfunny."

- Peter Ould, Twitter

"Five minutes of Stewart Lee makes me want to kill myself . Completely unfunny, dated, painful SHIT."

- Anon, westhamonline.com

"One man I would love to beat with a shit covered cricket bat."

- Joycey, readytogo.net

"The most overrated smug twat ever."

- Syhr, breakbeat.co.uk

"A small, sad man."

- FBC, finalgear.com

"Stewart lee is a shit comedian doing a shit impression of a shit comedian. If he was burned alive it could raise serious cash."

- Mrdavisn01, Twitter

"I hope stewart lee dies."

- Idrie, Youtube

"Fuck this Stewart Lee twat, fuck anyone that agrees with him, and FUCK PC."

- Mearecate, Youtube

"3rd rate comedian and politically correct maggot."

- Anonymous, The Northfield Patriot

"All this man seems to be able to do is dance about going "ah ha ha ha ha ha!' So incredibly unfunny."

- Emilyistrendy, Youtube

"Is Stewart Lee supposed to be funny? Because he's really not."

- Keilloh, Twitter

"Lee was a good comic. Unfortunately now he comes across as a chaotic drunk."

- Foxfoxton, Youtube

"See that stupid look on his face....you just know he would have that exact same facial expression if he was getting the kicking of his life. He's a total dick cheesecake."

- Neva2busy, dontstartmeoff.com

"Stewart Lee, I will shove my thick cock in your throat you gay lord."

- Hiewy, Youtube

"Prime example of a well educated looooooser."

- Rudeness, Youtube

"If this is supposed to be a "Comedy Vehicle," maybe someone should call the RAC to get it started."

- Gwaites, Digitalspy

"If this is supposed to be a "Comedy Vehicle," someone had better call the RAC to get it started."

- Gmanthedemon, bbc.co.uk

"If this is supposed to be a "Comedy Vehicle," someone had better call the RAC to get it started. Or push it down hill. Stewart Lee should have 'cunt' stamped onto his forehead with a branding iron."'

- Coxy, Dontstartmeoff.com

"Stewart Lee should jump in his 'comedy vehicle' and drive it off a very high cliff. Whoever this youth is, he sounds about as funny as three weeks of really bad weather!"

- Shane, Beverley, Dailymail.co.uk

"I want to run Stewart Lee over in his own comedy vehicle."

- Robert Gavin, Twitter

"Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle seems to be driving itself up his backside."

- Jamespearse, Twitter

"Only a Sun reader could mistake this dross for intelligent comedy. Probably laughs at farting noises too. Here's to hoping this particular vehicle runs off the road. Under a train."

- NevW47479, UKTV.co.uk

"Comedy vehicle? more of a comedy 'right off!'"

- Guest, Dontstartmeoff.com

"The boringly infantile Stewart Lee."

- Peter Ould, Youtube

"I was Stage Manager for Stewart Lee. It wasn't performance art, stand up comedy or satire. It was a fucking train-wreck. That man could not read an audience 3 feet away. And yes, I got to know his act well during the rehearsals and Tech rehearsal. I also got to know the fact that the man is a functioning alcoholic, finishing nearly 12 cans to himself before going onstage, and that he is banned from the entire chain of theatres I used to work at for being rude, dismissive of staff and responding terribly to bad audience feedback. I don't hate this man in the slightest, I pity him. Where he tries to wear the "never hitting mainstream" as a cloak (Even naming a tour after it) the cracks appear when you're one on one with him. He is angry, and I don't think he know who he's angry at."

Funday's child, Youtube

"This guy sure knows how to run a joke into the ground."

- Mpf1947, Youtube

"I tried to watch Stewart Lee but had to stop due to him being shit. He addressed an insular cadre of socially challenged, prematurely middle-aged, pseudo-intellectual men, I thought."

- Z-factor, Twitter.

"Stewart Lee isn't funny."

- Slothy Matt, Twitter

"Liberals like this guy would just love to live in totalitarian state where only their views could be expressed and opposition views crushed. They are childish hypocrites. They should stop reading the guardian and get in the real world."

- 12dgdgdgdgdgdg, Youtube

"I hate comedy that presumes to 'defend' minorities like me. Sod off, you don't know what offends me, so you can't protect me from it. But most of the things you think offend me don't."

- Sweeping Curves, Twitter

"All he did was talk about crisps and stand there."

- DVDhth's grandparents, Twitter

"Stewart Lee used to one of my favorite funnymen, but I think he's lost it now. I just don't find him funny anymore. He hasn't made me laugh since 1999. I always preferred Richard Herring anyway."

- Joskins, Leeds Music Forum

I was really looking forward to Stewart Lee ep1 (on tv) but it's the show me and Marianne Powell (live) last year, how disappointing."

- Louise Brown, Twitter

"Genuinely can't stand him, he comes across as the sort that thinks that live comedy should just be kept to smoky art student union clubs and that any comedian that plays in arenas is destroying the so called "artistic integrity" of stand up when we all know stand-up comedy is not an art form it's a form of live entertainment. P.S. Just because your TV show is terrible doesn't mean you have to rip into Russell Howard and 'that Roadshow''."

- Someoneyoudon'tknow, Chortle.com

"He stank. I've never seen a moronic idiot trying to tell jokes in my life. What a fuck. The man could barely stand up never mind tell a decent story. Everyone was laughing at him, and I hated his guts."

- Alex Quarmby, Edfringe.com

"A fraud and a total unfunny tit."

- Bosco239, youtube

"Stewart Lee has lost his glasses somewhere in stoke newington. Have you seen them? Please ReTweet."

- Stokeylitfest, Twitter

"Lee seems to think he's more clever than he really is. His material is delivered in a "If you don't find this funny, you can't be very intelligent" manner, which is an attitude perpetuated by the pseudo-intellectual Guardian reading arsebiscuits who like him."

- Johnny Kitkat, dontstartmeoff.com

"Quite possibly the most boring stand-up I've ever heard. I fail to see what on earth is funny about him rambling on....and on...and on..."

- Kozzy06, Youtube

"After careful deliberation, I can now say I have finally gone off Stewart Lee. Give it two years and so will you."

- Tweeterkiryakou, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is boring."

- Tin Frog, Twitter

"I think describing himself as a comedian is the only funny thing the man has ever said. Don't bother telling me that I don't get it; I don't want it. It's only possible to like right-on, lefty comedians like Stuart Lee if you're a right-on lefty yourself. Like all right-on lefties he feigns contempt of intolerance and ridicules people for the predictably, allegedly right wing intolerances ascribed to stereotypically right wing people. To me, morally or comedically this is no better than Bernard Manning or Jim Davidson both of whom were genuinely funny even if you now think their jokes were racist but neither of them were genuinely bigoted, IMHO of course, like Stewart Lee and his fans. In attempting to send up intolerance by being blatantly intolerant and bigoted, Lee falls flat on his face making any genuinely tolerant, left-of-centre, liberals so horrified that they simply could not laugh. In short, if you're a bigoted, socialist worker, civil servant, teacher, social worker or NHS employee then Stuart Lee is the comedian for you. If you actually care about tolerance for all, even those who have different political opinons from you, he's about as funny as the credit crunch."

- Genghis McKahn, Guardian.co.uk

"Is Stewart Lee deliberately trying to be unfunny?"

- Horatio Melvin, Twitter

"Sorry, Something has gone wrong (Error 500). Unfortunately this part of iPlayer has temporarily stopped working. This will be because there has been an unforeseen technical error."

- BBC iPlayer edition of discussion of Stewart Lee on A Good Read

"This has to be the most unfunny stand up I've ever seen. I've not laughed, smirked or grinned once at Lee's quips. What an absolute waste of time. 0/10."

- Alwyn, Digiguide.tv

"I must protest most feverently at the prospect of further wanton waste of the licence fee on this pile of wank."

- Aaron, comedy.co.uk

"I don't get the point of this thing with Johnny vegas and lee, it's neither funny nor informative. It's like watching 2 heavily drunk people having a conversation at a bus stop."

- Sidsings000, Youtube

"Self consciousness in comedy doesn't make it better, or more intelligent. It makes it much worse. Give me Michael McIntyre any day."

- Shit Crit, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is a pedantic, overrated, mundane little shit of a comedian. And yes, I do 'get' him, it's just ... wank."

- Meanstreetelite, Peoplesrepublicofcork

"What a waste of a comedian. Eat my penis."

- Lancethrustworthy, Youtube

"Just seen a very haggard looking Stewart Lee near Carnaby St. He was carrying laundry."

- 98rosjon, Twitter

"Now that I've wasted an hour listening to the absolute garbage that is Stewart Lee, I'm moving on to a more pleasurable activity.

- Sleeping." Ishamayura Byrd, Twitter

"The Krankies are funnier than this waste of air. So unfunny it's laughable."

- Visualiser1, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is a twat. That is all."

- Fairy Pingu, Twitter

"Alleged comedian Stewart Lee is cheap and mean spirited."

- Iain, eatenbymissionaries

"WHAT THE HELL! If i ever find you, lee, i promise i will, I WILL, kick the crap out of you."

- Carcrazychica, Youtube

"Lee spastic cunt."

- Anon, dontstartmeoff.com

"Stewart Lee is a cynical man, who has been able to build an entire carrer out of his own smugness. I hope the fucking chrones disease kills him."

- Maninabananasuit, Guardian.co.uk

"The thinking woman's potato farl."

- Rubyshoes, Twitter

"I hate that Stewart Lee fella, totally unfunny and as much charisma as Pol Pot!!"

- Fowkes81, Twitter

"The ludicrously coiffered fat-of-face fuck"

- Mini-x2, readytogo.net

"Stewart Lee is a pompous, condescending bore, and he isn't remotely funny. He claims to have read the entire works of William Blake - he obviously completely missed one of the great themes of Blake: a love and respect for all humanity. If smugness could be harnessed as a form of energy this man could help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels."

- Danazawa, Youtube

"A mollycoddled uber-middleclass mummysboy without a funny bone in his body. Verbal diahorria for stuffed shirts without a sense of humour."

- Pnethor, pne-online.com

"Why does anyone sully the name of comedians by so very incorrectly applying the term to Stewart Lee."

- Microcuts 22, Twitter

"Great, the next big thing has materialised. Surprisingly for the Guardian, they are recommending a man who hates the Top Gear presenters and co wrote a hit show that offended Christians. This is like being 15 and reading the NME."

- Nicetime, Guardian.co.uk

"I spent the entire time thinking of how much I want to punch Stewart Lee in the face instead of laughing. He does have an incredibly punchable face, doesn't he? (I could just close my eyes, but fantasizing about punching Stewart Lee is still more fun than sitting in complete, stony silence.) Fucking smug-faced cunt."

- Pudabaya, beexcellenttoeachother.com

"I'd never punch Stewart Lee in the face. His smugness would wrap itself round my fist and slowly consume it, infecting me in the process. Stewart Lee once told a joke that I found desperately unfunny. Then he done a poo on stage. Stewart Lee once used my cheesegrater to remove smegma from his Willy. Then he made me cheese-on-toast without cleaning it."

- Pudabaya, Twitter

"The concept that Stewart Lee is funny is tenuous at best."

- Meninblack, Twitter

"Not one joke delivered. Absolutely the worst comedian I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. Don't waste your money or time. Only comedian that I have ever thought of walking out on."

- Dave Wilson, Chortle.com

"Stewart Lee's comedy is designed to be 'appreciated' but not actually 'laughed' at or 'enjoyed'. Here's a fun game you can play while watching Stewart Lee: With a pen and paper, jot down how often you actually laugh. You may be surpsied!"

- Dick Socrates, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is on. I forgot how funny & clever he thinks he is & how stupid everyone else is in his eyes. Wanker."

- Zombie Hamster, Twitter

"Lee is not just unfunny but tiresome, his non-joke act isn't even original! He just rips off Ted Chippington. Ooooh look at me! I'm Stewart Lee! I'm deconstructing the form!! Come back Richard Herring!! Please!"

- General Lurko 36, Guardian.co.uk

"Christ what a monotoned smug nobhead, don't you people get tired of his student aimed so called humour, god he's crap."

- Anamatronix, Youtube

"Lee makes pretentious lefty dickheads feel good about themselves and superior to others. Why does any fan of this guy think they are also smart, high brow, cool non-conformists with sophisticated tastes that are above unprententious people like Macintyre? I couldn't stand the guy for years just from the sound of his voice that I'd never even bothered to hear one routine from him. I thought him some soft, middle class idiot. But for me any one who can parody real life events has a better gift for comedy than when it seems contrived, as does Lee's a lot of the time. To get Lee, you have to share that same conceited, immature arrogance common to all lefties. Really, anyone talking like they are somehow smart for getting Lee and you need a higher intellect to grasp him, whereas you have to be a moron to appreciate the likes of Macintyre is just a gullible idiot who has fallen for a deliberately crafted and honed comedy act. When someone can make humour of of real life we can all relate to, it's not an act, like Lee's is, but they're just genuinely funny."

- Underground906, Youtube

"Stewart Lee - is he not just another mouthpiece for Politically Correct liberal "fascism" ?"

- Len Firewood, Twitter

"I continue to watch out of amazement at how unfunny this man is... he has made me snigger but once when talking about getting your willy stuck in a zipper. Anyone could get a laugh with that! It amazes me how he likes to repeat the same thing several times, likes to repeat things several times, repeat things several times, several times, times."

- Stuart, Chortle

"Stuart 'man of the people' Lee is nothing but a fringe alternative comedy act who wouldn't stand a chance at a real comedy club like Jongleurs."

- Karen Laidlaw, Edfringe. com.

"Saw Stewart Lee 1981 show last night. Loads of brilliant comedians in audience. Only 2 on stage in nearly 4 hours. Dire."

- Esme Folley, Actress, cellist, Twitter

"Looking at my wardrobe I realise when I think I've got no clothes its a case of there being so many stuffed in there I can't see a thing."

- Esme Folley, Actress, cellist, Twitter

"Blowdried hair and no brolly. Good start to the day. At least I'm wearing my rubber Viv Westwood shoes."

- Esme Folley, Actress, cellist, Twitter

"Air con broken in the car, back to old school window opening."

- Esme Folley, Actress, cellist, Twitter

"Up to town for a casting, picked the dog up a bandana on the way home. Successful day all round methinks. She loves it."

- Esme Folley, Actress, cellist, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is an embarrassment to comedy."

- Jackmumf, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is like that uni lecturer who thinks he's unbelievably cool but is really the tit the students all laugh at."

- Lenny Darksphere, Twitter

"It is a bit like listening to a sixth form NUS president who was brought up an only child by his sycophantic grandparents."

- Deepbass, Guardian.co.uk

"I really cannot *bear* the bumptious prick that is Stewart Lee. And anyone who sees Stewart Lee for the pompous self important tit that he is, is a friend of mine. The greatest trick Stewart Lee ever pulled was convincing the world he's funny and not just a ridiculously supercilious prat who just repeats himself. Stewart Lee you are a prize cock. At least get your facts straight before you launch into your pious Guardian wank fodder."

- Lucinda Locketts, Twitter

"Russell Brand plays stadiums, Stewart Lee has a tin pot show on BBC that no-one watches."

- Borathigh5, Youtube

"Smug bastard."

- Peter Fears, Twitter

"I fell asleep during Stewart Lee. I don't get him really."

- Tres Ryan, Twitter

"Amongst the least talented comedians ever invented."

- Pirate Crocodile, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is a greasy cunt in a cheap suit. Look out, look out, gammon-headed bastard about. Pathetic and childish. This cunt can't even rally a paying audience. Ham-headed, ham-fisted spastic."

- Spanner, dontstartmeoff.com

"Without warning I was drawn from watching the excelllent Jeremy Paxman to a loathsome comedian gratuitously using the "c" word. I found this extremely unacceptable, as did my recently widowed mother."

- Anon, BBC Complaints Log

"Stewart Lee isn't funny. In fact he's the opposite. And totally unfunny."

- Henry Howard Fun, Twitter

"An abysmal 'comedian'. He's unable to pick up Brownie points for being funny and so instead flaunts his politically correct views to try to get audiences' and critics' sympathy. While this works to keep him a cult following of der brains who enjoy playing the game of 'I'm holier than thou', it's the reason while he'll never be mainstream (you have to be funny to do that) and why critics who like him always have to apologise for his contributions to high profile charity gigs in venues when the punters don't laugh. Garbage."

- Chez, Chortle.com

"I had to walk out of Stewart Lee's gig tonight when my wife started projectile vomiting!"

- Cyberbloke, Twitter

"The dullness of his jokes is only matched by his bitterness towards other comedians and half the world around him. He seems to spend hours on stage pretending that he 'gets something' nobody else has. I just wish he'd get a sense of humour. Tripe."

- Gabrielle, Chortle.com

"Stewart Lee : 20 years of 'sneer = career'."

- Clampdown59, Twitter.

"Jealous that your comedy career didn't go anywhere Lee?"

- Anonymous, don'tstartmeoff.com

"Stupid. Unfunny. Hypocritical. Nonsensical. Fits in with his fanboys' worldview, basically."

- Guest1001, Youtube

"I am starting to detest Stewart Lee."

- Tweeter Kyriakou, Twitter

"There's only so much antipathy or disdain an audience can stomach."

- Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph

"Lee is supposed to be a ground-breaking comedian and writer, but I found little entertainment value in his material.? It was not funny. It was a sad and deliberate attempt to see how far he could go. This was ultimate sick humour, and if anyone thought it funny, they must be sick as well."

- Brighton Argus

"No part of this routine was funny enough to even bother delivering it. I'm not offended, more bemused by his total lack of talent and why the audience are laughing at his dull and obvious "jokes"."

- Whoiscuriousgeorge, Youtube

"Watching Stewart Lee in action these days is like standing on the edge of a frozen lake and seeing a man half-submerged in the perishing ice. You throw him a rope - but he hurls it back. You didn't throw it correctly, he advises. And anyway, he was fine as he was, until you ruined it all. Didn't you know that sub-zero was his natural habitat?"

- Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph

"Fine to make jokes about Jeremy Clarkson but only if you're funnier than he is. Lee's humour is all about repetition and digression, but even brilliant comedians need material."

- Herald Scotland.

"Is there anyone more condescending, self-satisfied and up their own arse than Stewart Lee?"

- Liam Travitt, Twitter

"I really must make a special effort to go to bed early tonight to avoid seeing any of that godawful Stewart lee thing."

- Zoot Cadillac, Twitter

"A portly Albert Finney lookalike repeating some words."

- Dan McCaid, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is shite."

- Rachaelanne Man, Twitter

"Stewart Lee simply is not funny. In fact to anyone with an ounce of sense he's highly fucking irritating and slapworthy. Sorry."

- Simon Cowell, Youtube

"I don't feel Stewart Lee is funny anymore, just a boring droning on 'comedian' who's set's just happen to be the most unlively sets in the comedy world."

- Spursguy, Youtube

"He talks only about commonplace things, with a really slow pace. He made me smile. That's it! A disappointment."

- Etienne, Chortle.com

"Lee makes Kim Jong II look comparatively relaxed. Maybe it's time to lighten up a little?"

- Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph

"Stewart Lee's just as smug as Clarkson and co in my opinion. Has a very punchable tone of voice."

- Aiden Hearn, Twitter

"Typical left wing wankstain. When someone happens to disagree with them, they just yell "Nazi" or "racist". When challenged, the pathetic cunts can't even justify why they've said it, they'll just repeat it ad nauseam. I suspect that many of Lee's fans think they're superior to everyone else because he's perceived as being a bit niche and edgy, when really he's just a smug, fat, unfunny shitbasket."

- Mrjohnnykitkat, Youtube

"Hands up if you think that Stewart Lee is the worst 'comedian' ever. My hand is firmly in the air!"

- Leach Juice, Twitter

"His whole tone is one of complete, smug condescension."

- Birmingham Sunday Mercury

"So which do you find funnier? V.D. (contraction thereof) or 'comedian' (not) Stewart Lee? His TV shows are pathetic - even the invited audience are bored out of their minds. He is not unlike Brand and the slobbering, fawning Ross (OBE) - smug, overpaid, arrogant, apparently stupid and not remotely amusing or entertaining. I'd prefer a trip to the clap clinic."

- Anonymous, DailyTelegraph.co.uk

"This guy just isnt funny ..... standing there telling mildly humerous stories does not make you funny ... so overrated."

- Boygeniuz, Youtube

"A poor man's Jack Dee."

- Audience member, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

"A poor man's Jerry Sadowitz."

- Williams58, Youtube

"A poor mans Ricky Gervais! If Stewart Lee was in my garden I would tell him to fuck off."

- Chrispugh, Youtube

"A poor man's Bill Hicks... Sorry Stew, Bill was already doing the "Comedy of Hate" when you were fumbling around doing student-targetted humour."

- Potace, Amazon.co.uK

"It's just not funny. This guy is a wannabe Bill Hicks."

- Mannygate10, Youtube

"I think I'll go and watch my Bill Hicks back-catalogue. It's better than watching Stewarts poor attempt at nicking BH's comedy genius. Mind you, he's not the 1st to try. Just ask Denis Leary.? Lying on the floor, repeating the joke over and over. C'mon Stewart! Maybe the sycophants in your audience kept laughing on cue, but I certainly wasn't.? The shame is you had some relevant comments to make."

- Potace, bbc.co.uk

"Watching English liberal atheists, like Mr Lee, ridiculing American Creationists is a bit like watching someone pick a fight with an asthmatic fat kid from the opposite side of a very busy road. One word, more pertinent to these shores; Islam! You fucking third-rate Bill Hicks wannabe coward!"

- Noonday100, Youtube

"His overwrought language, overthought logic and complete lack of comedic timing just leaves me scratching my head as to what those in the audience at his shows are laughing at. He reaches for the offhand insights bill hicks' schtick used to stumble through but falls woefully short."

- cocainemidget, Guardian.co.uk

"I think there is something there but he does need to be reined in and told to write a bit more funny stuff rather than the repitition which started to rankle after a while. I admire anyone who has obviousy spent as much time with Bill Hicks material as Lee has but he doesn't have the (seeming) natural physicallity and economy that BH had."

- Hoonaloochieb, Eastdulwichforum

"I see Stewart Lee is doing a Bill Hicks tribute act without the funny bits."

- Eskimimi, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is so, so, irritating."

- RossB, Twitter

"Emperor's new clothes. This man is a cock."

- Mdnw2007, Youtube

"Finally watched Stewart Lee from last week. Hated it. Shouting at TV "scots don't lay eggs" etc."

- A D Ward, Twitter

"Stewart Lee - not funny. Just putting that out there."

- Commodore Dan, Twitter

"Urrgh. I liked Stewart Lee briefly about seven years ago but I haven't been able to stand him since."

- Narrativiumgirl, Twitter

"Sigh. Worthless."

- Theguywiththepenis, Youtube

"Stewart Lee makes his inability to tell quick fire gags the basis of a critique of contemporary culture."

- Fenland Gent, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is so shit. Some sad failure of a comic taking the piss out of the more successful, funnier Russel Howard. Sad."

- Adam Almy, Twitter

"Comedy for 'up their own arse' ponces."

- markzilla6969, Youtube

"Stewart Lee is the worst comedian around (if you can class him as a comedian). He is a smug, arrogant man who thinks he is funny (he isn't!) and is not one for the working-class people. Why do you do this rubbish?! "

- Y McLaughlin, Amazon.co.uk

"Shut up Stewart Lee."

- Jenny Greenwell, Twitter

"Too full of his own importance and guilty of believing the hype."

- Gauntlet Girl, Twitter

"Jealousy and self pity, that is the main message conveyed through this performance. Lee suffers from delusional grandeur, and this song is the result of Stewart Lee observing the meteoric rise in popularity of russell brand, whilst he sits on the sidelines wondering "why him and not me.""

- Opiumforthemasses, Youtube

"Stewart lee's comedy vehicle - questionable, false advertising?"

- Mark Boyt, Twitter

"Top Gear attack things that really ought to be attacked, like the bloody bus lane on the M4. Stewart Lee just attacks anything that doesn't fit in with his stupidly socialist world view."

- Scourge of God, Youtube

"Poor show with poor timing from a alledged comedian, just watch, when he has finished his punch line, he stares at the camera waiting for the small audience to laugh."

- Flying Hugo, bbc.co.uk

"Big surprise, guardianistas love comic who went to a posh school and oxbridge. Dave Chappelle's could show him how it's done."

- Neolab, Guardian.co.uk

"I think I've got it. Stewart Lee doesn't actually exist, does he? He's a creation designed to satirise that kooky metropolitan "I hate the mainstream, me" superiority complex."

- Blue Porcupine, Guardian.co.uk

"The team behind Stewart Lee are actually a group of sixth formers who have to show the world just how funny and terribly clever they really are. It's clever comedy for thick people."

- Chronos, Guardian.co.uk

"Stewart lee just says something. Explains why you should laugh. Then accuses you of not having a sense of humour. The cunt."

- World Without End, Twitter

"He's another of those smug incompetents who are said by the 'in-crowd' to be cool. He appears to have serious life issues and he seems to think that foisting his emotional turmoil onto audiences is somehow 'art'. Bollocks."

- Dahoum, Guardian.co.uk

"Has anybody noticed that this Stewart Lee guy is poo'ing a massive halo out of his backside? How the 'left' take the moral ground hey! Peace."

- Pittounikos, Youtube

"Well, at the close of the first two shows, I thought "oh, is that it already?" but at the close of last night's show it was more like "Thank God that's it." Political Correctness gone mad? Recycling BEN ELTON sketches from the late 80s!! What next? A routine about the repeal of the Corn Laws? The Phlogiston theory of combustion? The Copernican Theory??"

- Chronowinstanley, bbc.co.uk

"Style over content. Just because he's heard of William Tyndall doesn't make him funny. The stuff about Adrian Chiles was illuminating. AC is popular because HE is funny and droll. And effortlessly, unlike SL who puts all sort of effort to disguise lack of a basic wit. Enough!"

- Reckage, bbc.co.uk

""...observational schtick..."? If you are a comedian in the UK, please use English and not Yiddish! It is not funny, it is not clever, you are not plying your trade in the 'Borscht Belt'! Do you think it makes you seem 'cool', or 'clever' or 'in the know'"

- Declan Ahern, Independent.co.uk

"Stewart Lee spends so much effort wittering about comedy, why doesn't he ever do any of it?"

- Joe, Independent.co.uk

"Stewart Lee is not funny. He comes from the smug - if you don't laugh at my material then you aren't smart enough - school of comedy. No Stewart, if we don't laugh at your material then it's just not good enough."

- Patrick Kavanagh, Guardian.co.uk

"Lee's face is like a slightly wonky pie or the crumpled Cornish pasty that you're drawn to in a bakers because you suspect its irregular crust promises crispy bits where the fat has bubbled through the pastry and an unctuous oozing of nourishing gravy."

- Hazel Humphreys, Chortle

"I was at least expecting a few jokes. Sorry to say they don't exist. He takes about 5 or so good concepts and plays them all out over far too long a time so by the end of each segment you don't really care whether there is a point to the piece. The delivery is too dead pan to make it interesting. Avoid at all costs, please don't encourage the man."

- P Mishkin, Amazon.co.uk

"Stewart Lee is crap I'm afraid."

- Balboa, Guardian.co.uk

"I find this guy hard to warm to. He's a bit slimy."

- Graemeoliver, Youtube

"Stewart Lee has just got on the train to Brighton with his grouchy wife."

- Paulaorla, Twitter

"Oh, that Lee! He's suuuch a kidder! *tch* And by that I mean a scum sucking, attention whore who should just die horribly from brain cancer while his family laugh because he's a contemptuous little prick with no redeeming social qualities whatsoever. HAHAHA!!"

- Squidge, finalgear.com

"That's 15 minutes of my life wasted. How on earth Stewart Lee can equate Clarkson remarking about Gordon Brown having one eye to Clarkson mocking a blind child is ludicrous and lazy. It wasn't meant in that way and he knows it. If the portly prick is so offended by cheap comments even if they're in bad taste without turning them around to form his stand-up routine then stay in the fucking house or don't watch it. Dreadful comedian and I'm certain people only say he's funny to be 'right on'. Fat rockabilly headed bell-end."

- Grifter, redandwhitekop.com

"Your subconscious must be torturing you, stewart. every time you hate someone richer and posher than you, there are another hundred people hating you for the same reason."

- Janerick, Guardian.co.uk

"I think the crucial element is that he's not funny, but there are periphery factors like smugness that aren't helping."

- Charlie, 40percent.tv

"Just like to say I watched Stewart Lee the other night and found it awfully smug and tedious. I like comedy that plays with the audience's expectations and attempts to subvert comedic conventions, as long as it's actually funny. I think the appeal of Stewart Lee lies in his perceived cosmopolitan exclusivity, that he's meant to be the thinking persons comedian. If you don't like him it's because you don't 'get' him, or your not quite clever enough to keep up. Which is bollocks. The last series of Limmy's show was far funnier and a damn sight more clever and original than this over-rated muffet of poo, why the BBC opted not to air it nationwide is beyond me."

- The Gruen Transfer, Guardian.co.uk

"An evil, evil man and not in the slightest bit funny"

- Ronnie, Nottingham, Dailymail.co.uk

"Am I allowed to say he wasn't very funny ? I know nothing of Stewart Lee except... he weren't that funny."

- A La Bowie, Fall Forum

"So I tried to watch this last night. After about 5 minutes I couldn't bear any more. ? Tell a joke, you twat."

- Sadpunk, drownedinsound.com

"Its like richard herrings comedy. People like it because they think by understanding it, they are smart. But really its shit."

- Jonphonics, Twitter

"Stewart Lee is about as funny as piles."

- Ealoraont, Youtube

"Stewart Lee is about as funny as a fire in an orphanage."

- Zideanwalker, Twitter

"This prick is about as funny as having a shit! What a loser! It's like he's bitching in the playground with the other ugly girls."

- Chizmulu, Youtube

"I think Stewart Lee's about as funny as free falling into a wood chipper."

- Cavwebmaster, Vauxhallownersnetwork

"Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, he is about as funny as a cold sore."

- Itsamadworld, Guardian.co.uk

"As funny as a fire in an orphanage."

- Marcomelandri33, Youtube

"This guy's as amusing as toothache!"

- Keith, Switzerland, Dailymail.co.uk

"About as funny as toothache."

- Fiveoclockhero1, Pistonheads.com

"Stewart Lee is as funny as HIV."

- Dollis Hillbilly, Guardian.co.uk

"This guy is as funny as a kick in the nuts."

- Ckay, Chrismoyles.net

"Stewart Lee is about as funny as an abortion."

- Mr Biff Olive, Youtube

"Stewart Lee is about as funny as ass-rape."

- Pishiest, Youtube

"The worst comedian in Britain, about as funny as bubonic plague."

- Fergus Shanahan, The Sun

"I saw Stewart Lee live. He was as funny as cancer. Thinks he's clever, he's dreadful. A comedian from the 80's who has remained there."

- Lynn, Carlisle, Dailymail.co.uk

"It seems I'm the only one who finds Stewart Lee about as funny as a stubbed toe."

- Matt B, Twitter

"About as much fun as a weekend in Kidderminster."

- Klastimer, Twitter

"Lee is about as startling as an accountant reading the Financial Times."

- Liverpool Daily Post

"Stewart "I've been in comedy for over twenty years selling out very large venues consistently and repeatedly and getting my own comedy TV shows more often than internet commentating weirdos get IBS" Lee... You are as funny as cancer LOL! No wonder The Guardian loves him... coz poo loves poo ZOMG!"

- Bananacanon, Guardian.co.uk

"I'm white n I hate Muslims. But this chap wasn't funny at all. He sucked."

- Am I Really Bad, Youtube

"Still time to vote for @Herring1967 in the Chortle Awards! Don't vote for Stewart Lee, though."

- Piccadillo, Twitter

"Slow, boring delivery from the smuggest cunt on them all."

- johnwinfield367676, Youtube

"I used to quite like Stewart Lee but he's kind of reached a critical smug/density."

- Lightninganthony, Twitter

"Stewart Lee: speaks slowly, acts smarmy and looks confused."

- Speakslowly, drownedinsound.com

"Stewart Lee's jokes consist of taking a moderately funny idea and then spending 25 minutes slowly and repetitively beating it to death with a shovel."

- Tim J, liberalconspiracy.org

"Anyone who fawns over Stewart Lee is pretentious. He's not all that."

- Flagpolin, Twitter

"Stewart Lee looks like he's been animated by Zemeckis."

- Jay M Cooper, Twitter

"Why doesn't Richard Herring do a Stewart Lee and just write one joke then deconstruct it for 30 minutes whilst hating the audience."

- Scotfish75, Twitter

"Slow, boring and not at all funny. People who like this dick are retarded."

- Dharmashooter, Youtube

"Continuity announcer: "And there will be another ten minutes of comedy from Stewart Lee crammed into half an hour of television at the same time next week."

- Poorbutnotachav, Guardian.co.uk

"I think the difference is that Clarkson, Brand and Ross are actually funny, or at the very least entertaining. Lee just bitches about these people in a smug, juvenile and bitter way. All he does is bitch about people that are more successful than him, but wrap it up into some self-righteous, self-serving, smug diatribe. At least 75% of his "comedy" is picking on individuals from this pedestal he has placed himself upon."

- Gonzo Muse, Youtube

"Stewart Lee is just Frankie Boyle lite."

- Mike Pacer, Twitter

"People keep praising Stewart Lee. I find him smug, slow and tedious."

- JVC Amput, Twitter

"Stewart is a self deluded person, who looks into a mirror and sees great sadness . What a loser he is then. He should grow up and shut up. Hes got many problems I feel and should seek help! If he cant grow up maybe he should go a way. Because hes a posh boy he cant get a way with anything, but hes just spolit brat by the look at it."

- Mr Cool, Wales, Dailymail.co.uk

"George Carlin was an intelligent comedian and his delivery was great at a normal speed. This is just slow-motion man. It goes beyond any form of comedic timing. This is like watching a sloth read an essay. I think the most impressive thing is his ability to find enough middle-aged angry champagne socialists to buy tickets for a horrendously unfunny act.
I'm sure if I watched for long enough he'd have rolled out a few tired Daily Mail comments. Comedy is about making you laugh... not about allowing you to join in a public snide-athon where one can exude moral exclusivity with our peers. It's smug, self-righteous bs."

- CorXXXSmile, Youtube

"He needs to either stop getting drunk during the show or stop being self-pityingly depressed in a mid-life crisis. Watching the old, past-it, fat, grey comedian vocally wishing for death isn't that funny."

- Melotronic, forum.watmm.com

"Is this comedy?....You need to buy a frankie boyle dvd fella, here's a tip..........retire!"

- Totes32, Youtube

"The only true fool is a man who considers himself more intelligent than everyone else. Stewart Lee is afflicted with this condition, and sadly he probably will not recover anytime soon."

- P12z13, Youtube

"I don't know how stewart lee can call himself a comedian. Went to his show and it was the worst performance I've ever seen. It was so bad i was stunned."

- Prodeoetpatria1691, comedians.iniv8.com

"Some people look for somthing more in a stand up then using big words and slagging off the more successful. This is intellectual snobbery at it's worst - but its not even that clever, lee's trick is to take a simple concept and phrase it in a way that makes it sound intelligent. One word mate: cancelled."

- Mrseppo2010, Youtube

"Possibly the most unfunny stand up I've heard. Thought I'd see what the fuss was and pffft, just awful. His act is totally devoid of any wit or content."

- MS Pyke, Foreverdelayed.com

"Shit, look at him. He's so unfunny he has to bitch about how there are funny people that are popular, and I'm positive the audience is paid to laugh, and when they do it's clear it's uncomfortable laughter. Cunt."

- Gemini4, Youtube

"Lee is just a fat Rob Newman without the melancholy surrealism."

- Shatterface, liberalconspiracy.org

"I thought he was going to try to be less smug? He seemed even more ennoyingly up himself in this first episode."

- Partyweirdo, Digital Spy

"Stewart Lee seems to have vanished up his own arse."

- Discordian 1, Twitter

"The Yawnmaker. He's been in comedy for 20 years? And this is the best he can come up with? Basically snide comments about people who he obviously considers leagues below his great self?"

- Lord Fauntleroy Mahonk, dontstartmeoff.com

"I imagine this it what it would be like if Morrissey did stand-up. Really very dull."

- Noriarty, Youtube

"I always thought he looked like morrisey with down syndrome."

- Drvol1, Youtube

"A cross between Morrissey and a Furbee."

- Vornstyle, Twitter

"The worst stand-up I have ever seen. A man who seems to aim his set at angry, atheist comic book, nerd Morrissey fans and if you don't find him funny you're obviously an idiot. As smug and contemptible as Richard Herring."

- Graham Simmons, Chortle.com

"I hate him. He looks like Morrissey."

- Opel, Fall Forum

"Stewart Lee: He's a bit of a Chinese Morrissey, isn't he."

- Tamarfeast, Youtube

"I fucking hate stewart lee, so this is shit. All his comedy is taking the piss out of other people when in fact he should look in the mirror at his egotistical fat morrisey wannabe face and slam it into the glass."

- Jabba897, reddit.com

"He looks like Morrissey's lost himself in middle age."

- Schumitastic, Youtube

"I watched the show last night and all I could think was, that's a Morrissey impersonator. He looks like Morrissey, he has the exact same stage mannerisms as Morrissey, and if he had the same accent I'd be getting mindfucked right now."

- Dancing Kirby, foreverdelayed.org.uk

"His style grates on me, I don't think he's as clever as he thinks he is. I see the jokes, but they're usually so drawn out that I see the punchline a mile away. If he billed it as a spoken word piece then I might have enjoyed it more. And I don't think he's very funny. I didn't laugh once. Repeating words over and over again while shuffling around a stage isn't hard, neither is taking pot shots at other more successful comedians. It's like watching Morrissey having a breakdown, only without the laughs."

- Dr Sanchez, comedy.co.uk

"He looks like Morrissey's elder, fatter, less funny brother! Utter shite (and he does). This guy makes Russell Brand look like a comedy genius. 'Ere, you can stick this review on your website Stewart!"

- Mark Beales, Digital Spy

"Looks like Morris out of the Smiths and is an equally unfunny fat dwarf."

- Simonsays, Chortle

"He's attractive, but in a seedy way. He hasn't worn well for 40. I think he looks a lot like Morrissey."

- Morriszapp, Mumsnet.com

"Mark Lamar's really fucking let himself go."

- Mr Dilkington, Twitter

"He might look like a fat Charles Grey now, but in '93 Ratko Mladic looked like a mix of Morrissey and Stewart Lee."

- Bob Winkworth, Twitter

"How the hell does he pass himself off as a comedian, Those people in the audience must be really easily pleased n life to find him even mildly amusing."

- Chef, Ush.net

"Try looking up the word comedian in a dictionary. Stewart Lee... comedian? Not two words I would use in the same sentence!"

- Rachael, Peterborough, Dailymail.co.uk

"God this bitter whining silly man really needs to shut up lol. I mean seriously, people pay this man money to listen to him whine like this? Pathetic."

- Superiority85, Youtube

"If leonardo di caprio lived mainly on pies, fags and lager he would look just like stewart lee."

- Dick Turpin, Guardian.co.uk

"His smug attitude and the fact that he comes accross like a grade A bellend makes him unwatchable for me."

- Joycey33, readytogo.net

"The biggest pile of crap I have ever seen! Boring and unfunny. Childish. Made an absolute fool of himself."

- Lianne, Chortle.co.uk

"One of those deluded self righteous liberal cunts who choose to be blind to certain issues."

- Luke Griffiths, Youtube

"Urgh i don't think stewart lee's voice could get any more smug and annoying."

- Vicki Fran, Twitter

"Consistenly dreadful. His slow lazy delivery it's not particularly funny from my point of view, for instance the rappar 'joke' a few weeks ago had some initial laughs but he dragged it on for far too long, often repeating himself after long silences. He doesn't interact with the audience, which is a major negaitve giving how close he is to them during the show, and looking straight at the camera during it to try and engage with the audience at home is needless and desperate.
Without doubt the joke he done lying on his back was the worst, I was embarressed for him by the end. He doesn't fall into any particular categories, he is not edgy enough to shock the audience and he lacks persona and stage presence, not creative enought to preach a political mantra or try something that hasn't been done hundreds of times by different comedians and he doesn't have any angle beside the boring grumpy middle aged man. And he is not fat, he should stop saying that he is.
The sketches actually make the show worse, sewage coming out a television, I pay a license for this? :unsure: I don't have anything against him, I've never seen him live and there are plenty of worse comedians out there but some reviewers are hailing this as the funniest thing on TV at the moment, I just don't see the attraction."

- St Hugh, football forum

"That humourless apparatchik Stewart Lee is genuinely offensive. He gives me the willy's."

- Norcalmo, Guardian.co.uk

"Self-righteous hypocrisy at its finest."

- Dqniel, Youtube

"Stewart Lee is just bitter no-one finds him funny and he isn't famous anymore. He is also too stupid to notice his jokes are far more offensive than anyone of the peoples jokes he picks on. Unadulterated TWAT."

- Gonzo Mouse, Youtube

"Christ I hate stewart lee - he really is a pompous fucking wanker. He really is a pompous fucking wanker a pompous wanker he really is a pompous fucking wanker."

- Al, urban75.net

"Fuck me Lee, boring much!"

- Alpha50, Guardian.co.uk

"England today is full of these spineless immigrant loving fags."

- MCBathtub, Youtube

"I'd like to complain in the strongest possible terms about the fact that Stewart Lee's programme is listed as "comedy"."

- Sven945, Twitter

"This guy can't deliver a joke for shit."

- Itwasifwfr, Youtube

"Stuart li kind of sucks. I keep trying to like him, but shit, he blows."

- Jerry Hello 100, Youtube

"Absolutely shite. Wank comedy made by a wanker for wankers. Loads of "safe" and tedious jokes while constantly peddling his left wing views to appear fashionable. Perfectly suited to the bbc. Go to your local pub and chances are you'll meet someone funnier than him. He is arguably worse than Lenny Henry."

- Archer, Readytogo.net

"Worst comedian ever (along side David Baddiel). Saw him live once, and had to get a refund. He lacks one ingredient of comedy - he's not funny."

- Good Evans, tvguide.co.uk

"Fat unfunny tit. More dead air, no jokes, the audience must be family members to laugh at this drivel. Get stuffed Lee!."

- Mikey, tvguide.co.uk

"Awful. Without a doubt the world's worst comedian. He makes getting run over seem like a better night than watching his painful performances."

- Frankieboylenot, tvguide.co.uk

"Stewart Lee ? Oh , right . He's supposed to be funny in some unique way but he isn't , and don't dare diss him or you'll be told " you just don't get it "............The king's new clothes ?....................... Stewart Lee is a great cure for insomnia and little else. Come on guys , wise up and think."

- Cornishfieldmouse, Guardian.co.uk

"Not funny. How can he take the mick out of anyone when hes the worst comedian ever. The audience gives him alot of pity laughs. Too smug!"

- The Truth, tvguide.co.uk

"His main problem is that he has about 2 jokes per episode and then streches them out (mainly by repeating them). I simply can't get over the smugness of the guy, the poor sketches and his (at times pointlessly) anti-religious jibes. And before anyone judges me I enjoy sophisticated, eye-opening comedy, but it doesn't tick the key boxes in terms of humour."

- Tony Roy, tvguide.co.uk

"Simply not funny enough. The leading stand-up in the country? Having a laugh. Repetitive drivel. The studio audience could barely rustle up a snigger. It's like the bad bits of Python which even hardliners find hard to enjoy. Poor."

- Santos, tvguide.co.uk

"I expected to see a video slagging off overly PC idiots but he is doing the opposite :/ pointless sketch, PC HAS gone mad!"

- ESPZ8, Youtube

"Yawn. I hope he hates himself."

- Jesus, tvguide.co.uk

"Watch the audience - they're constantly nodding. And mostly pricks. I'd love to see Stewart Lee turn up and do a set in an average comedy club, get no laughs and then whinge about how stupid his audience is."

- Wil Robbo, Twitter

"WTF? woah this has to be the worst tele ive ever seen and ive seen some crap in my time. the dingy setting the dated jokes and just plain not funnyness of this programme make it one of the wordt ever broadcast. beeb what were you thinking. i dont understand the great the reviws, you must have a scree, or twoo loose"

- Ed, tvguide.co.uk

"How annoying. Put this on whilst in a fantastic mood and it completely ruined it. Just the annoying... pauses in the .. sentences is enough to put you off without him looking at the camera every once in a while saying 'laugh at me, I'm funny, look at all these clever people laughing at me, you must not be very intelligent'."

- Jono, tvguide.co.uk

"Stupid deluded cunt."

- Commanchio1976, Youtube

"Have never heard of Stewart Lee before now. If I never hear of him again it will be too soon! The one thing he is not, is a comedian."

- David Spark, Leeds, Dailymail.co.uk

"Fna fna... not remotely funny, another one who thinks hes funnier than he is. Its soooooo trendy to like these so called intelligent comedians... oh please, give me a break... Middle class up his own backside twddle..."

- Baabaa, Digitalspy

"Sociology lecturers aren't really funny, are they? No matter how smug they are."

- Roger Hoare, Youtube

"Cnt beileve i pay my taxes for this shit the BBc shold make good programs like balls of steel and jackass!! infact get moyles to do a program where he takes the piss out of this wanker!!!!!!! and OMG not knowin what a rapper iz!! wt sort of grandad iz he!>!>?!??!? so yeah dnt watch this shit watch horne and corden instead a decent program frm the BBC for once not the usaal tax wasting shit like this!!!"

- Tom W, Chortle

"Stuart Lee is a fcking coward. He wouldnt dare insult the prophet muhhummed. stuart Lee a pathetic little worm! ps im nt viewing any of this rubbish."

- Christian1truefaith, bagito.com

"What a fucking idiot. It's hard to believe people listen to this drivel. Is this really what they're preaching in England?"

- Mikeman, Youtube

"Incredibly unfunny in a way that only Lenny Henry can replicate. Lee's attempt to appear intellectual betrays the fact that it is actually pretty lightweight comedy, dressed up with some long(ish) words, and playground insults. He was a witless pseudo-intellectual snob 10 years ago and he still is. At least he has got rid of the floppy fringe."

- Matt, tvguide.co.uk

"Stewart Lee is shit and I'll be doing any damn thing I can think of rather than watch this, including sleeping."

- Your Once And Future King, 40percent.tv

"What a wanker I heard he and satan have gay sex together then they go to th local primary school together and pick up kids"

- xXCelticwarriorXx1, Youtube

"The same sort of cheap shots and playing to the gallery that Ben Elton used to come out with in the 80s and every bit as self righteous. Personal abuse dressed up as comedy."

- Dinoysus Reborn, Guardian.co.uk

"I don't like Stewart Lee. I like my comedy to be funny and not a story of someones meaningless opinions of which I have no interest in."

- Frednut, Twitter

"I and by the sounds of it, many others fail to find Stewart Lee "funny". To hear the audience braying with laughter always puzzles me; it makes me think I'm too "daft" to get it. However, I really think the audience forces laughter beacuse, as fully paid up members of "the Liberal Left/Starbucks Society" demographic, they feel they have to. Mr Lee's take on the tics and foibles of humankind can be amusing but not laugh out loud funny. However if you get tickets to a Stewart Lee show or recording, you know what to expect and therefore you "know" it's going to be hilarious and you wouldn't want to be left out, would you. My, that's a lovely new suit the Emperor's wearing isn't it. He is not a genius. He is shit on a stick."

- Processedpea, Guardian.co.uk

"You know what's going through his head as he continues to waffle. Nothing. Not a fucking thing. He just... talks. I can feel my brain fossilising. This is unbearable. He can pack his bags and fuck off back to whatever exile it was he'd been wanking himself smug in, the boring cocksocket."

- Spanner, dontstartmeoff.com

"But has he ever taken the piss out of Islam?"

- Angel Interceptor, Guardian.co.uk

"He doesn't particulary challenge anything does he, it's all rather lazy, let's see him take on the prophet Mohammed,off course he won't. The way his fans sycophantically fall over themselves just to merely be able to say 'i get it' is ridiculous. Stewart Lee, brave No, Lazy,repetative and extremely unfunny, absolutely."

- Guest, dontstartmeoff.com

"This is one of the biggest shitloaded pretending to be funny alike speaches that I ever heard, Not only this psicopath looking dog shit bag is hating without anfact to do so, but then thinks other people are also skizofrenics too. I hate you. This irrational hateress that makes someone to try to make fun out of talking shit from others for 15 min. So be aware Stewie. I know your face."

- Hormigaz, Youtube

"I just woke up from a nightmare were the only comedians left in the world were stewart lee and steve coogan. what a boring nightmare of right on "sophisticated" never "offensive" islington humour it was indeed, were the laughs are just a smirk and nothing more. get over yourselves, your generation of comedians aren't actually very funny - they are amusing at best."

- Westmorland, Guardian.co.uk

"I think Stewart Lee is boring me into slumber. Surely I'm not the only person who doesn't find him funny? I've seen funnier roadkill."

- Mrs Self Destruct, Twitter

"It's the Emperor's New Clothes syndrome all over again. He's just a lazy, incredibly tedious performer who, by some miracle, got lucky."

- Lindy Lou, dontstartmeoff.com

"Watching Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle and seeing how brilliant the Armando Iannucci's bits are, reiterates that Lee is best in a double act."

- Tegs1973, Twitter

"What a butt-hurt old man, deeply unfunny and a waste of time."

- Grandurr 1327, Youtube

"Stewart Lee is like a Richard Hawley who's let himself go."

- Chris Thompson, Twitter

"His 1980s, anti-Thatcherite style rhetoric is looking very dated. Maybe that's why his career never really took off - although he'll tell us it was because he loathed the idea of a becoming a 'celeb'.I imagine he s well connected and quite privileged, like Julian Fellowes, but don't tell him that as he'd have to start mocking himself in his rather bland and bitter stand-up routines."

- Allgoaliesaremad, Guardian.co.uk

"Stewart Lee SHOULD be on TV. Why should funny comedians only be represented?"

- Karire Marks, Twitter

"Stewart lee just came on my tv. GET OFF GET OFF GET OFF YOU UNFUNNY KNOBBER."

- Carson Matthew, Twitter

"Oh Jesus! I used to like Stewert Lee. He just turned into the embodyment of a couple of people I used to work with, liberals who lived their lives in order to be offended. Complete shits who changed my personal politics."

- Sven T Viking, Youtube

"What a boring whinging moaning drab self obsessed wanky cunt!"

- Theowilstoman, Youtube

"Well, he came 11th in the Greatest Stand Ups of All Time poll shown on Ch4 the other month (yes I know it's a fiddle - but still). If you went out in the street and asked a hundred people about him you'd be hard pressed to find a handful who'd even heard of the miserable coconut. Never mind think he was funny. I saw him on an old 8 out of 10 Cats repeat the other day. He hardly made a contribution, just sitting there partly looking out of his depth and embarrassed to be there exposed as talentless and partly with a smug look on his fat ugly mug. The only few people who even claim to rate him are the usual crowd who think he may in some way be "clever" and so by claiming to like the unfunny twonk somehow raises their own "status"."

- Voiceofreason, forum.football.co.uk

"Jeez, this was so not that funny tonight. The sketch at the end with all the apples was just unfunny rubbish and to see all that fruit wasted in such a pointless way was just plain dumb. I found the show as a whole to be as clumsy and tiresome as Al Murrays Multiple Personality Shite on the other channel straight after it."

- Head Gardener, Fall Forum

"That was gay wasnt evn funny why the fuk r they laughen 4"

- Trumaoril, Youtube

"All Stewart Lee managed to do though, was wind me up by dragging "jokes" out for too long."

- Cassiejackson, Chrismoyles.net

"I don't know how to feel about Stewart Lee. Sometimes I think he's quite funny, but most of the time overwhelmingly smug."

- MouseY, Twitter

"I watched this DVD after seeing a praise filled recommendation from Dara O'Briain, the Irish comic. And I usually check the Amazon reviews of something as well, especially if it evokes a strong reaction. I was surprised to see no negative reviews for this. So I'm going to add this one, in the hopes that it might be of use to like minded comedy fans. In a nutshell, it was the worst comedy show I've ever ever sat through, that I can remember anyway. What could explain it, I wondered to myself? I clearly like Dara O'Briains comedy. Why did this not appeal to me? Well, I think what's happened is this. A comedian knows comedy, so if you present A and B and C together, the comedian can probably immediately see how they fit together, even if he's never heard the joke before. We also know that laughing is a result of the unexpected. Stewart Lee seems to put together A and B and C in unexpected ways. This means comedians might find it funny. But the general public would find utterly unfunny. To give an analogy; Picasso could actually paint really really well. Almost photographic quality. It was only when he broke all the "rules" of painting that he became famous though. And people said he was a genius. But if all you saw was his messed up paintings of women with a nose where their ear should be, you could be forgiven for saying "This guy can't paint. Why is he famous?"
Stewart Lee, I think, might be the Picasso of comics. He didn't make me laugh. But professional comics can probably appreciate it, and laugh or whatever. Of course, that could all be rubbish. Maybe he's hilarious and I just don't get it. But I don't personally see much difference between a guy who studiously and ironically pretends not to be funny and pretends to have a comedic routine fall apart on stage and pretends to restart the show... and a guy who simply is not funny and who's comedic routine falls apart and has to restart the show."

- John R Finnan, Amazon

"Think I'd rather listen to that documentary on moss than watch anymore Stewart Lee."

- Gonzonmouse, Youtube

"Stewart Lee is about as funny as a car crash. He really is the most boring comedian out there. I thought he was unfunny last time I saw him. Surely a tiny requisite for being a comedian is to be at least slightly funny? A total hypocrite - he has a go at people making money from writing books - which is something he does and then goes on to make other points that he himself does. Stewart Lee is just a hypocritial, unfunny, weird looking gobshite. He'd be crap on Top Gear.
He seems to be from the Jack Dee school of unfunny monotone comments that are just comments. Not funny comments or ones you agree with. Most of the laughter comes across as sympathy 'Wow, this fella is really boring and as funny as my cat eating whiskers'. I think Stewart Lee is a total cock, unfunny as a dose of the clap and boring as shite and therefore don't watch him. He had a go at Clarkson for making money off a book. He himself makes money off books. The 'comedian' had a go at someone else for making money off books. And he makes money off books himself. He is saying 'not good' for something he does himself. = Hypocrite. An unfunny cock. "

- Andy@allerton, redandwhitekop.com

"The people who enjoy his comedy also like boring dinner parties, socialism even though they are all living the capitalist lifestyle and think nothing at all bringing up the topic of cheese boards into a conversation and make a joke out of it that only they find funny. They probably hate country folk that hunt even though they them selves have done fuck all to preseve our natural enviroment and are too busy indulging themselve inn their own smuggness to stop and realise what twats they are. Stewart Lee+Comedy= does not work out."

- 22623501, Youtube

"Watching Stewart Lee certainly is a break from comedy. The last funeral I went to was genuinely far funnier than Lee's gig."

- Janean Patience, Twitter

"Stewart lee is a prick. Saw him live he isn't funny just obsessed with stupid issues like political correctness."

- Fogjinda, Youtube

"He is NOT funny... In what way is this man a comedian?"

- Mr Angry, bbc.co.uk

"I hate his face and hair too much to go and see him."

- LHC, forum.breakbeat.co.uk

"I find Stewart Lee annoying and largely talentless. I was at Grenwich comedy festival, and many people walked out of his act. Indeed, it appears people walked off in the recording of his current TV series, due to his smug, self satisfied, comedy-free act. He is awful."

- Bobsyouruncle, Guardian.co.uk

"He's a comedian who I have to say I have never heard of and who doesn't appear to have made much of a name for himself by being a "funnyman" with jokes like that are we really suprised ??"

- Julie, Highland, Dailymail.co.uk

"An up-his-own-arse tosser who isn't very funny but is perceived to be a slightly edgy, niche comedian and is therefore popular with up-their-own-arse tossers that enjoy being in the niche up-their-own-arse tosser club. Lee's always been about as funny as getting spit roasted by Little and Large. I wish he'd fuck off, the unfunny cunt. He's a cunt. I have a remit to chronicle cuntishness through the ages. I am writing the definitive compendium of cunts. The Lee Anus has a chapter all to himself. If you have no sense of humour, he's the comic for you. Boring, smug, unfunny, whispering, shit clothed cunt. Shut up Lee, you boring, unfunny fannyclacker."

- Withnail555, Youtube

"I always thought stuart lee was a smug, unfunny, my view's right and if you disagree you're wrong, right on lefty, cunt."

- MadDog, westhamonline.com

"Its just another over-educated, middle class man getting pointlessly angry about a lot of things that aren't very important in the great scheme of things....'

- Tristran Fabriana, bbc.co.uk

"I think stewart lee should be banned from actually being a so called "comedian"."

- Sophie, Spalding, Dailymail.co.uk

"If this guy is supposed to be a comedian how come he never makes me laugh?"

- PoppaAlcohol, Guardian.co.uk

"This man isn't a comedian. He is disgusting, unfunny and a man full of hate. I think some members of the crowd agree with my statements."

- Sireld, Youtube

"If you're a comedian how come you're not funny?"

- Elamigo, Guardian.co.uk

"What a massive cunt. What a massive cunt. Cry some more, Stewart Lee."

- Fiendish77, Youtube

"If you're a comedian why don't you ever say anything funny?"

- Atrack, Guardian.co.uk

"He has thrown two heads but he missed the third catch and the coin rolled under the wardrobe. We are still looking. On our knees. With a torch."

- A J King, Amazon

"My husband is trying to convince me that Stewart Lee is funny. I'm not convinced..."

- Serem, Twitter

I wish that he would show more evidence of the fact that he read English at Saint Edmond's Hall Oxford. The evidence of this has been carefully sifted out along with his Shropshire accent as he has adopted both the speech and cognitive vocabulary and conventions which are the default position of the speakers of Estuary English with whom he presumably spends his days. ?During the Fist OF Fun days he made a darkly glamorous, if static, foil to the far more comedically gifted Richard Herring, but that was then, the glamour has long departed ( welcome to the club Mr Lee ), and he does not seem to have gained anything in the way of skill from the period working alongside his erstwhile partner. And I was able to predict his line on any subject with completely accuracy to the lady of the house."

- Greysimon1, bbc.co.uk

"Stewart lee is so over-rated. Does he say something then leave a... Long pause?"

- Kilburnmat, Twitter

"A slightly embarrassing 40+ year old man ranting like a teenage student activist whilst labouring "jokes" and being, what seems, almost deliberately unfunny."

- Tony Cowards, comedy.co.uk

"This guy is so smug he nearly fell into his own arse. Smart arse twat - not funny at all."

- Gallowgrey, Youtube

"Stewart Lee isnt even funny. He's disgusting and i hope they ban him from performing. Stewart Lee is a pathetic little man. The only thing funny about him, is his looks."

- Hammondx3, richardhammond.net

"Burn in Hell Scum."

- Christian1truefaith, Youtube

"A hate filled little man."

- Willdaq, finalgear.com

"I saw Stewart Lee live in Galway a couple of years ago and he wasn't very funny. I used to really like his early stuff and I always REALLY want to find him funny, but he's just not."

- LMNR, Youtube

"Did watch this guys comedy. I got it straight away. It was look at how clever I am. I really am clever, None of you are as clever as me. Just join mensa stewart."

- Davy123, Guardian.co.uk

"A heckler could destroy his entire act simply by shouting "we get the fucking picture" from the back of the room in the first 5 minutes."

- Dirtbox, eurogamer.com

"Stewart Lee : A man so far up his own backside he sneers at his own poop as it passes by."

- Clampdown59, Twitter

"To have a smart ass Oxbridge sasnach making shit jokes about Gaelige irritates me beyond belief. Stewart Lee a patronising English imperialist cunt."

- Lars3939, Youtube

"Stewart Lee fans can shove their meta-textual up their raspberry infundibulum."

- Perforlauta, independent.co.uk

"It's a disgrace that someone like this no talent comedian can say something like this and not be arrested. Surely there should be a ban on the arts to some degree?"

- Danny, London, Dailymail.co.uk

"Both Lee and Iannucci appeal to people who like to think they are clever. They are both exercises in smugness and try to be clever. People only laugh at them because they don't want to appear stupid. Credit where it's deserved though - Ianucci can be a good comedy writer (i.e. Alan Partridge)."

- Eborian, bbc.co.uk

"Stewart lee cannot hold sean lock's jockstrap. Absolutely unfunny and overrated."

- Mordin909, Youtube

"The holocaust was funnier than Stewart Lee."

- Anon, dontstartmeoff.com

"An unfunny, smug, supremely pleased with himself bellend."

- Jerrymorris, Youtube

"I think Stewart Lee has just one problem as a comedian, for all his faux intellectual affectations and his penchant for student union politics, he just isnt funny. I tried hard to like it but it all has a whiff of the emporers new clothes. For me he has just about managing to maintain his status to a level where you actually remember who he is since that awful lee and herring thing. I guess that as fringe acts/celebs, who struggle to capture the audience they are clearly desperate for, begin to fade, their act has to become more shocking to maintain their profile, rather than funny."

- Matt, York, Daily Mail.co.uk

"A two bob unfunny 'comedian' still trying to make it at the Edinburgh festival..."

- English Cad, Cad Towers, Dailymail.co.uk

"Stood behind him in the queue at Forbidden Planet last year, he was reading a poor collection of Hellblazer rather than anything substantial, and anyone who buys their books at FP is a nob-ed. I was hoping for quality comedy, but this stand up was padded out with drivel (ie the rapper thing, y'know, the thing about rappers, you know don't you, rappers, yeah, rappers, on the bannister, rappers, they slide along 'em, rappers, they do, they're called rappers etc.) I didn't laugh once despite being ripped to the t's and wanting to find it funny. His act really misses Herrring's over eager schoolboy to his aloof indie schtick, and maybe an editor to tell him 'This isn't funny, go and rewrite it till it is. I'd love to join the Stewart Lee bandwagon that all the reviewers seem to be on, but I'm going to sit on the sidelines and throw the rotten tomatoes till he starts being funny. I too have loved Stewart, but this seems more like I've met up with him through Friends reunited after years apart, had one bad shag, gone back for another just to find that he was a bad shag first time."

- Beef, eastdulwichforum

"Did anyone notice the prompts he had written on the back of his hand. Oh the joys of HD."

- Philap, bbc.co.uk

"During the phone routine in Stewart Lee's comedy vehicle it was apparent that Stewart Lee had written notes or prompts on the back of his hand. I was watching in HD."

- Phil Alpin, BBC Points Of View.

"I wonder of he'd been giving himself a bit of help with his GCSE the day before. Naughty Stewart."

- Jeremy Vine, BBC Points of View.

"Stewart Lee, you can get fucked. Your not witty, you're just pessimistic, and hypocritical. Don't understand how these people earn money."

- Rawjb, Twitter

"If you cut him in half it says 'cunt' all the way down like a stick off smug greasy rock."

- Supporter, dontstartmeoff.com

"Stewart Lee is a fucking asshole; another left-wing, Labour, BBC luvvy propagating politically correct bullshit."

- Lightfoot, Youtube

"Crap... like 'bottom', just not funny."

- Frigadol, Youtube

"What a SICK man Stewart Lee is. My condolences to his family and friends."

- Sharon, Shoreham, Dailymail.co.uk

"How the hell does he pass himself off as a comedian, Those people in the audience must be really easily pleased in life to find him even mildly amusing."

- Chef, Ush.net

"Lee is, without doubt, a charm free vacuum who has bathed in a bath of shit. Emotionally unintelligent and intellectually retarded, he offers up a form of comedy that is both visually appalling and aurally disingenuos. A twat in other words. Top marks to him for foisting this crap and people buying it."

- Cameron Borland, Offthetelly.com

"You really are just an unutterably loathsome little man aren't you Lee? I might add as this point you are about as funny as a pile of rotting fish guts."

- TV Witter, Guardian.co.uk

"This guy is a twat, he is not funny at all."

- jaabui, bagito.com

"Steward Lee is a bitter, cynical and arrogant prick. Wat a hateful cunt."

- Tommart123, Youtube

"I don't like Stewart Lee. So any people treat him like the second coming of comedy, but I find him to be a smug tosser. This programme hasn't changed my mind."

- Lady Laughter, comedy.co.uk


The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read (Sunday Express)

Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics ... throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes (Daily Mail)

Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar (Sunday Times)

Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense (Guardian)

Milligan is the Great God to all of us (John Cleese)

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy (Eddie Izzard)

That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man (Stephen Fry)

Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal (Terry Wogan)

A totally original comedy writer (Michael Palin)

About the Author

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

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