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Will Cameron’s recipe for ‘successful’ films result in a glut of silent comedies? - January 2012 The Observer - By Stewart Lee - January 22nd, 2012

When I was starting out as a standup, I worked nights in an orange juice factory. I got £3.50 an hour and as much orange juice as I could lick off my two hands. The amount of orange concentrate we added to the raw drink at the initial stages determined whether it was bound for…

What a tragic wasted opportunity to present a true portrait of the Iron Lady - January 2012 The Observer - By Stewart Lee - January 15th, 2012

I have been too busy to see The Iron Lady (which I assumed was a distaff spin-off from Marvel’s Iron Man), but none the less, I am now about to use it as a lead-in to discussing the critical rehabilitation of Margaret Thatcher. I did, however, find time to watch Troll Hunter last week, an…

You scumbags, you maggots… leave that sacred Pogues song alone - January 2012 The Observer - By Stewart Lee - January 8th, 2012

The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl. Photograph: Brian Rasic/Rex Features When Colombian drugs lords invented Father Christmas as a marketing tool for cocaine, back in the 1980s, they could never have imagined that this red-faced, overweight man, whipping his staff while shooting through flurries of “snow”, would one day become beloved by infants worldwide. And when,…

Does comic ‘bravery’ go hand in hand with being offensive and stupid? - November 2011 The Observer - By Stewart Lee - November 13th, 2011

Ricky Gervais is an actor, writer, and director. He is brave. I am a standup. I am not brave. I only ever did one brave thing. In 2005, I agreed, while drunk, to jump off the tallest structure in New Zealand. New Zealanders’ high living standards mean they are driven to create artificial jeopardy, usually…

If Damon Albarn is serious about the occult, shouldn’t we call him Damien? - July 2011 The Observer - By Stewart Lee - July 10th, 2011

The 17th-century witchfinder general, Mary Hopkin, roamed Essex on top of a horse, burning witches and stuffing her bearded face with purloined olden-days tavern fayre – crusty bread rolls, steak and ale pies and banana splits. And yet, crawling from Colchester in a crackling cloud of dark energie, it appears the spawn of at least…

If five portions a day are so good, how come rabbits and slugs are so stupid? - June 2011 The Observer - By Stewart Lee - June 12th, 2011

The German E coli bean sprout scandal offers damning evidence that all fruits and vegetables are dirty beyond reason, toxic timebombs that have secreted themselves at the very heart of global cuisine in the form of trusted dietary staples. Yet government food eggheads continue to bray from their state-sterilised laboratories, demanding that we eat at…

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