Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (+JP DL)

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

The Format That Dare Not Speak It’s Name. Welcome Back To Adult Television.

I’ve only just got around to watching the first episode of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and it’s extremely rare these days I can empathise wholeheartedly with anything delivered via a sanctimonious mainstream media, but this was a wonderful exception.

For those that feel the merest hint of an insightful or intellectual thought made in public these days is likely to invoke a scene reminiscent of the threatening mob from Don Siegel’s 1956 classic allegory, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, switch your television to BBC2 at 10 O’clock on Mondays.

Armando Iannucci is Executive Producer. How much convincing do you need?

John Peel Footnote
But that’s not all! Upon visiting Mr. Lee’s website I found a John Peel Show file for download. “16 October 1996 – Richard Herring and Stewart Lee appear on the John Peel show, a teenage dream”. You’ll find it in the archives section. I’ve not listened to it yet so I can’t advise on how it compares with the version/s already circulating. See also “John Peel stands in for Mark Radcliffe and Rich & Stew guest”

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle BBC2

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle is on Mondays at 10pm on BBC2

DVD & Music Update

Nice mash.

Nice mash.

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle is due out on DVD in September so no more posting links once it’s commercially available please. Once it’s released the links here will have to come down. What do you want, ‘The moon on a stick’? Actually while we’re on the subject, if you liked this series then seek out the two DVDs of him performing live. His comedy works even better in longer form.

“What’s that tune in Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle?”

The server logs reveal that quite a few people are arriving here as a result of searching for the theme music used over the opening titles of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. Well it’s Tom Hark by Elias & His Zig Zag Jive Flutes, from that ‘golden year’ 1958. It appears onJohn Peel and Sheila, The Pig’s Big 78’s – A Beginner’s Guide, and is available from Trikont Records, Klang, their UK distributor, or any one of these fine indie retailers. Also, via YouTube, the ’58 original, plus Brighton band The Piranhas’ 1980 vocal version on Top of the Pops.

20 Responses to “Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (+JP DL)”

  1. 1 thisisalloneword
    2009/04/01 at 01:10

    Stuart seemed to be channelling the spirit of Mr Richard Herring with a frighteningly good impression on show #2 – I do love the show but there are voices in my head saying ‘wasn’t this all done on Fist of Fun?’ – well no, not all of it, but some.
    Someone obviously has an Ant & Dec fixation – it’s not healthy Stu.

    Anyway – must pass on your Peel link to a friend – oh, and listen to that myself as well, of course…


  2. 2009/04/08 at 21:18

    Enjoying the series alot anyway, though I think the sketches interupt the flow and are kind of overkill on the jokes.

    Agree with the speech paterns of Herring coming through. good to have something smart and funny on the TV.

    • 2009/04/14 at 10:55

      “I thought this was supposed to be a site about John Peel…”, Gary thinks some people might be thinking!

      Yeah, well anything that seeks to make alternative art or generally goes against the grain of what most drones think as ‘normal’, is perfectly in keeping with the entire ethos of independent music, and I like to think John would approve. Moreover with that in mind, Armando Innucci was on the Today programme on Radio 4 today: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7997000/7997499.stm

      We’ll be back to music soon though :D

  3. 2009/04/14 at 12:39

    Okay, back on topic in one post…

    Listening to the Peel/Herring/Lee show I noticed that The Flaming Stars we’re to be in session on the following nights show.

    Recently picking up a bargain copy of the Flaming Stars ‘Born Under a Bad Neon Sign’ CD a band I was aware of, and once caught live, but never realy listened too back then. Anyway The CD was fantastic and so looked up what other albums they have released.

    Now, does anyone know why thier Peel sessions CD is either £60 or £120 on Amazon? (The only place I can see it for sale) Can’t be that rare can it?

    • 2009/04/14 at 15:30

      Heh, people really do try their luck don’t they? As soon as something goes out of print these greedy morons seep up through the cracks on am*zon, eb*y and the like, never realising that a thing is only worth what someone will pay for it, not some unrelated amount plucked at random.

      Juno have it: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/235725-1.htm

  4. 2009/04/14 at 15:56

    You had me all excited then.

    That ones still availible and in print I think, it was the Peel Sessions CD I was after. Cheers for having a look though.

    Still, its what 2nd hand record shop shopping is all about, I’m sure theres a copy out there somewhere…

  5. 2009/04/15 at 09:05

    There’s no pleasing you people is there?

    Sorry to raise your hopes there Chris, I can’t see why I didn’t read your message properly. Old age or lack of sleep – take your pick. Sorry mate :(

    It’s the double album on Vinyl Japan isn’t it? Six sessions? I’ll keep it in mind anyway. If I spot one on my travels that’s reasonbly priced I’ll let you know.

  6. 8 rushingtowarddeath
    2009/04/21 at 20:59

    I remember when comedians told proper jokes, not like now with their foul mouthed barbarous put downs. Not like now with their suits and haircuts. I suppose proper jokes aren’t politically correct anymore. I suppose proper jokes are only good enough for UKGold with their adverts and their logos.

    I have faith in The BBC Trust not to recommission this vile atrocity. They’ve already had the good sense to take the moral high ground and protect viewers from this self-styled comedian by rescheduling an episode dealing with religion originally scheduled for Holy Week.

    Come on BBC this is not what I call funny at all. This is what I call it not at all funny.

  7. 2009/04/21 at 21:37

    A fine young lad who I’m sure will go far, give him a hand ladies and gentlemen.

    * Links removed in respect of the revenue doubtless required to further this young man’s bright career in light entertainment. *

  8. 2009/04/22 at 19:25

    Cheers Gary, please do.

    Missed this[last] weeks episode. I shall fire up the iplayer shortly…

  9. 2009/04/23 at 18:08

    With love Lennie “I don’t get out of bed for 500 quid!” Bennett

    * Links removed in respect of the revenue doubtless required to further this young man’s bright career in light entertainment. *

  10. 2009/04/23 at 18:21

    ‘ave you seen this fokker?

    * Links removed in respect of the revenue doubtless required to further this young man’s bright career in light entertainment. *

  11. 2009/04/23 at 18:29

    Mmm, Miller time!
    Available for cabaret, cruising and after dinner speaking.

    * Links removed in respect of the revenue doubtless required to further this young man’s bright career in light entertainment. *

  12. 2009/04/23 at 18:34

    I’ll do it!
    Russ A.

    * Links removed in respect of the revenue doubtless required to further this young man’s bright career in light entertainment. *

  13. 2009/04/23 at 18:51

    Check my record “Walk The Dinosaur” on da iTunes homies.
    Don’t be fooled by the rocks that i got, I’m still, I’m still, Jimmy from the block.

    Bowen (to be wild) booooyee.

    * Links removed in respect of the revenue doubtless required to further this young man’s bright career in light entertainment. *

  14. 2009/07/03 at 12:00

    If you prefer a milder comedian please ask for one.

    New Stewart Lee tour dates announced. See my post over here:
    http://my.opera.com/garywalsh/blog/2009/07/03/new-stewart-lee-tour-dates-announced or here: http://domesticempire.co.uk/blog/2009/07/04/if-you-prefer-a-milder-comedian-please-ask-for-one/

    or go direct to Stew’s site:

    Woohoo :D

  15. 2009/07/07 at 22:12

    I’d been meaning to book this in Brum, finaly got around to it tonight – after debating a trip to see Richard Herring later in the week which turned out to be sold out, which helped me make a desision about that at least – and a fair few of the seats for the show are gone already. Looking forward to it.

  16. 2009/07/08 at 01:02

    Sorry your messages were locked in moderation Chris. That shouldn’t really be the case having posted before.

    Hmm, I’d better get my seats booked pretty sharpish as they’re fairly cosy venues. I’ve only seen him perform a full routine via his dvds, which I recommend without hesitation, but I’ve no intention of my agoraphobia, or demand for tickets letting me miss out on this tour.

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