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April 1993

Postman Pat World

April 1993 - Postman Pat World

April 1993

Lee and Herring at Postman Pat World, Longleat Safari Park, after attending the wedding of Stew’s landlady.

Note Lee’s early attempt to combat unpredictable weight gain by going around disguised as lead singer of The Afghan Whigs. (Pic David Tuck)
October 1993

Fist Of Fun

October 1993 - Fist Of Fun

October 1993

The duo’s Radio 1 series FIST OF FUN first broadcast.

Later in ’93, Rich and Stew won a Writers Guild Award and a Sony Gold Award as co-writers of ON THE HOUR, the show which launched the careers of Steve Coogan, Professor Armando Iannucci M.B.E and Chris Morris.

The series went on to become BBC2’s THE DAY TODAY, though Lee & Herring were dropped from this for wanting to have a share in the ownership of characters they had co-created. Iannucci removed their contributions from commercially released tapes of the radio series, and re-edited sentences to remove proper nouns they had supplied by taking words from elsewhere in the dialogue to create new names for characters, and thus they slipped the net that made stars of Coogan, Marber and David Schneider.
Still, at least we didn’t sell out!!!
Autumn 1993

Cluub Zarathrustra

Autumn 1993 - Cluub Zarathrustra

Autumn 1993

Stewart co-founded CLUUB ZARATHUSTRA with Simon Munnery, The League Against Tedium.

Designed to showcase non-stand-up it developed the dreaded cult following and lost thousands of pounds in both Edinburgh and London over the following five years. There’s a great book about it here.

It was both the best and worst thing he ever worked on, and over the years featured Kevin Eldon, Roger Mann, Sally Phillips, a great theatre group called Universal Grinding Wheel, Richard Herring, Dr Who Peter Davison, Johnny Vegas, Bridget Nicholls, some of The Medieval Babes, Kombat Opera, Jason Freedman, Julian Barratt, Tom Binns, and Dan Rhodes, (who now writes under-appreciated fiction)

ABOVE: A classic 1996 line up of the ultimate wasted opportunity, Cluub Zarathustra, in the cellar at The Market Tavern, Islington. Top line L-R, 2 chicks that played fiddles, Lori Lixenberg, Sally Phillips, Richard Thomas. Bottom line L-R Kevin Eldon, Roger Mann, the insolent faced Simon Munnery, S Lee.

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