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Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle series 3 review. Lee Mack

Published by jamdog on 1st March, 2014.

 Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle series 3

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As Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle turns the corner, JFK limousine style into Deeley Plaza and its third series his status couldn’t be much higher. He’s often imitated, regularly stolen from, wrote for On the Hour & early Partridge and TMWRNJ remains an all-time great. He now has Chris Morris replacing Armando Iannucci as his interrogator critiquing his act, his arrogance and the self-referential nature of everything he does. Meta piles upon meta as the two converse but a snarky Morris is the least of his problems. He’s got to deal with Lee Mack.

Yeah, y’heard. In his 2012 autobiography Mack The Life, Mack appears to reference Lee when he talks of a “cultural bully from the Oxbridge Mafia who wants to appear morally superior but couldn’t cut the mustard on a panel game”. As beefs go that salvo is the modern day stand-up equivalent of Suge Knight’s speech at the 1995 Source Awards

Part-baffled, part-amused by the Mack attack (“seriously, what have I ever done to him?”) he uses it as a springboard into a counteroffensive on the Internet and the seemingly endless possibilities for people looking to chart his movements, broadcast his appearance, call him a smug fat twat and the like.

Like some evangelist Luddite the Internet can only ever corrupt for him. That vital creative impulse is dulled, the one that inspired the kids who changed signs for Shilbottle into “Shitbottle” and the exact same one Michelangelo had when he first gazed up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Of course he doesn’t really believe any of this shit. Smug, self-absorbed, condescending, fat, superior, insufferable, fat? Maybe but come clocking² off time when accounts are tallied he’s still a funny fucker. He’s Pliny and you’re not. That’s more than enough to be going on with.

The verdict: You don’t hear much from Emma Kennedy these days do you?

Marks out of 10: 7.5

 

¹ Aerial Telly’s copy of Mack the Life contains no such mention of Lee by name, just the sentence “Some comics refuse to go on things like panel games on the pretence that they see them as artistically bereft, but actually it’s because they know they wouldn’t cut the mustard.” So who knows or indeed cares what the truth is?
² Clucking like a hen! Egg!

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3 responses to “Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle series 3 review. Lee Mack”

  1. Angie says:

    “The other thing that made an impression on me was meeting the comedian Daniel Kitson, who was also a contestant in that final. There are many people in Britain who may never have heard of Daniel, as he tries only to play to fairly small rooms, and basically rejects all forms of TV. Some comics refuse to go on things like panel games on the pretence that they see them as artistically bereft, but actually it’s because they know they wouldn’t cut the mustard. But Daniel’s one of the few who would cut the mustard. In fact, he’d not only cut it, he’d spread it all over his baguette, add some cheesy squares and shove it in his big fat face. Daniel is one of the few who have rejected TV purely for artistic reasons, and would more than shine on it if he wanted, because he’s a brilliant comic”

    This is that quote in full. He neither mentions Sewart Lee or calls anyony a bully. So sort it the hell out. Apologies if this is a double post; my internet is a nob.

    • jamdog says:

      Well yeah I do point this out. I assume the original quote existed at some point and wasn’t just made up but who knows what the media Illuminati get up to?

    • Mike says:

      It definitely isn’t a direct quote, which is a pity, but it does seem to be pieced together from a few separate parts of the book. Mack does make reference to the “Oxbridge Mafia” and “cultural bullying” at the end of what I think is the twelfth chapter (I’m using the Google Books preview for this), but assuming it’s a direct reference to Lee might be something of a leap.