In the last decade, Stewart Lee has been at the peak of his powers. Increasingly over this time he has channelled his comedy through a carefully constructed onstage persona, a parody of himself. The embittered, envious comic going through mid-life crisis, brimming with self-regard, obsessed with his own status and resentful and contemptuous of his audience. This version of himself was particularly (and very amusingly) antipathetic and antagonistic in his previous show Content Provider which was a beautifully crafted comedy set that, to my mind, further cemented his status as Britain’s finest comedian.
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