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Dr Johnson revival shows that old jokes really are best - August 2007 The Times - By Ben Hoyle - August 7th, 2007

With his rapier wit, caustic put-downs and prodigious appetite for drink, Samuel Johnson is right at home on the Edinburgh Fringe but for one thing: his jokes are 230 years old. In 18th-century London, Dr Johnson was a superstar — the author of the first English dictionary, a critic and a novelist who dominated the…

From Jerry Springer to Samuel Johnson - August 2007 The Telegraph - By Veronica Lee - August 6th, 2007

It would take some lateral thinking to place Dr Johnson on Jonathan Ross’s chat-show sofa, but that was the inspiration for Stewart Lee’s new play, Johnson and Boswell – Late but Live. But then, Lee is the man who made the screaming matches and social misfits of Jerry Springer’s television show into an Olivier award-winning…

Question and answer session with two great wits - August 2007 The List - August 1st, 2007

In 1773 Samuel Johnson, the portly curmudgeon of English letters, accompanied James Boswell on a tour of the Scottish Highlands. The trip was a fruitful one, with each penning accounts of their trip, the Englishman documenting the gradual decay of the clan system and his Scottish companion chronicling their travels in a prelude to his…

Q & A: Stewart Lee The Stage – January 2007 - January 2007 The Stage - January 21st, 2007

Comedian, writer and director Stewart Lee is well known for his controversial show Jerry Springer – the Opera, as well as being and established comedy writer, stand-up and one half of the comedy partnership Lee and Herring. He speaks to The Stage between performances at the Bush Theatre, to talk about his recent move towards…

20 Questions – What’s On Magazine - January 2007 What's On In London - January 20th, 2007

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