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At Last! The 1981 Show, Royal Festival Hall, London ★★ - June 2011 The Independent - By Julian Hall - June 2nd, 2011

The intention of this live slice of comedy history was to commemorate some of those who shaped a new comedy scene in Britain, but it served mainly as a reminder that “alternative comedy” was often not as funny as it thought it was. In character as the luvvie Nicholas Craig, Nigel Planer of The Young…

BACK TO THE PRESENT? - June 2011 Southwark News - By Michael Holland - June 1st, 2011

Something funny happened over the Bank Holiday weekend: I was walking down the Old Kent Road and heard a South London accent! Unbelievable. Even funnier was At Last! The 1981 Show, Stewart Lee and Paul Jackson’s attempt to recreate the buzz of thirty years ago when alternative comedy was about to explode. They have persuaded…

Review: Stewart Lee – works by John Cage - May 2011 London Jazz Blog - May 31st, 2011

Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford, Tania Chen, Harry Hill and Alan Tomlinson perform John Cage (Purcell Room on Saturday 29 May, 2011; review and drawings* by Geoff Winston Stewart Lee, best known as a comedian, has championed radical guitarist Derek Bailey on Radio 4’s ‘The Music Group’ (“that music … it stops time”). Last year he…

At Last! The 1981 Show at the Royal Festival Hall - May 2011 Spoonfed - May 31st, 2011

The last time I went to a big comedy gala type evening was last year at the Edinburgh fringe. There were about twelve of the most popular current stand-ups all on the same bill, doing around eight minutes each, and I remember thinking at the time that many of them could have happily exchanged acts…

At Last! The 1981 Show was mostly terrific - May 2011 This Is London - By Bruce Dessau - May 31st, 2011

A weekend of events curated by Stewart Lee culminated in a spectacular nostalgiafest which dusted off some lovingly remembered and some long forgotten acts that inspired the young Lee. It was not all terrific but much was. Mostly, though, it was a reminder of how political, surreal and downright dangerous the original alternative comedy scene…

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