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What Is Stewart Lee? 2005


January 2005

Chain Reaction

January 2005 - Chain Reaction

January 2005

I appear on Radio 4’s CHAIN REACTION twice.
Firstly being interviewed by Johnny Vegas & then interviewing Alan Moore, the following week.

You can hear the Alan Moore interview on the audio page of this site.
January - March 2005

With Josie Long In Derbyshire

January - March 2005 - With Josie Long In Derbyshire

January - March 2005

I tour the UK with the Stand-Up Comedian show, with support from talented ingénue Josie Long.
Get her brilliant fanzine Drawing Moustaches In Magazines Monthly by e-mailing drawingmoustaches@hotmail.co.uk.

Here we are on one of our fun days out at the Nine Ladies Stone Circle in Derbyshire which was being defended from quarrying by an American company by scores of brave tree-dwellers.

This whole tour was great. Thanks to everyone that put us on and came to see us. Read about our adventures in this exclusive interview with a Mini-owners’ magazine.
February 2005

Aspen Comedy Festival

February 2005 - Aspen Comedy Festival

February 2005

I do the Stand-Up Comedian show at the Aspen Comedy Festival.
February 2005

Majority Report Radio

February 2005 - Majority Report Radio

February 2005

I appear on Majority Report Radio with Sam Seeder and Janeane Garofalo, who are fighting their corner with gusto and verve.

February 2005, Aspen

I see brilliant talks by underground cartoonists Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware and Kaz who all sign my McSweeny’s, and by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo who wrote for Sex And The City. I hang with the New York literati – David Rees of Get Your War On, John Hodgman, Amy Sohn and the perverted genius Jonathan Ames.

Ames’ autobiographical books are great and Rees’ political comic strip is peerless. I crash a party of the richest man in Aspen in the company of the Irish comedian David O’Doherty.

My show, like most things in modern America, splits the vote.
March 2005

Comic To Comic

March 2005 - Comic To Comic

March 2005

Record Comic To Comic with Bruce Morton for Radio Scotland, you can hear it here.
March 2005

Stand Up Comedian DVD

March  2005 - Stand Up Comedian DVD

March 2005

Record Stewart Lee - Stand-Up Comedian DVD at the Stand in Glasgow.

The Jerry Springer The Opera tour is derailed by Christian Voice, who send out this letter and scare off one third of theatres.
March - April 2005

Alternative Poster

March - April 2005 - Alternative Poster

March - April 2005

I do the Stand-Up Comedian show at the Melbourne Festival. See press here.
It slowly builds over the month and eventually gets nominated for an award despite some bad reviews.

Afterwards I tour the state of Victoria with David O’Doherty, the young Australian Charlie Pickering, and the American ladies Maria Bamford, who is a mad genius, and Jackie Kashian, who is one sassy Armenian.
Jackie’s site has blogs of all our travels together.
ABOVE: Alternative Poster drawn by Greg Fleet’s daughter, Sundae, after complaints that my poster is rubbish.
April - May 2005 2005

Australia

April - May 2005 2005 - Australia

April - May 2005 2005

The gang that was not known as ‘The Five Musketeers’ by anyone – Tony Law, S Lee, Will Adamsdale of Jackson’s Way, Greg Fleet, and Jeff Green.
I do the Stand-Up Comedian show at the New Zealand comedy festival. The Classic is a great venue.
The show goes really well, apart from one night when British people who like sport come (read more here).
Pirates
I do extra gigs on late night shows most nights with Phil Nichol, Stephen K Amos, and do my set dressed as a pirate, making it all about pirates (left).

At the end I toured New Zealand for a week with a young New Zeland 1/36th Maori man called Ben Hurley, Australia’s zen-master of observational comedy Carl Barron, militarist weirdo Rhys Darby, and our sly MC Michelle A’Court.

This was a fabulous trip and we all had a great time
May 2005

With Greg Fleet in Melbourne

May 2005 - With Greg Fleet in Melbourne
May 2005

Western Australia

May 2005 - Western Australia

May 2005

I contribute to Tom & Simon Sykes’ book of hitch-hiking stories, No Such Thing As A Free Ride. Read my contribution here.

ABOVE: Me onstage somewhere in Western Australia.
But who knows?
Where was it?
How did I get there?
What was I talking about?
June 2005

With Charlie Pickering in Auckland

June 2005 - With Charlie Pickering in Auckland

June 2005

The young Australian comedian Charlie Pickering and I climbed a volcano on an island off the coast of Auckland.
There were no other people on the Island apart from a British couple.
The man proposed to the woman at the top.
She accepted. They drank champagne.
Then they came and asked to have their photo taken with me, that bloke off the telly circa 1995.
C Pickering now worships me as a God.
June 2005

Kitty Flannagan made me jump off the highest building in the southern hemisphere.

June 2005 - Kitty Flannagan made me jump off the highest building in the southern hemisphere.<br>
May 2005

The shadows of Me and our tour manager Edwina Lunn in the Great Western Desert, Australia.

May 2005 - The shadows of Me and our tour manager Edwina Lunn in the Great Western Desert, Australia.
May 2005

On the road, somewhere on the south island of New Zealand.

May 2005 - On the road, somewhere on the south island of New Zealand.
May – June 2005

Western Australia

May – June 2005 - Western Australia

May – June 2005

On the road touring the state of Western Australia with Jackie Kashian, the 4 Noels, Dave Callan and Frank Woodley.

We swam with sharks at Exmouth and performed mainly to miners and strippers (read more here).
These were some of the most fun gigs I’ve ever had.
ABOVE: The classic Western Australian Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow team somewhere backstage in the middle of nowhere. If you look closely you can see some snot coming out of my nose.
August 2005

90s Comedian

August 2005 - 90s Comedian

August 2005

New show, 90’s Comedian, at the Underbelly in Edinburgh.
During the fringe I also did two shows with Richard Thomas and Lore Lixenberg called How To Write An Opera About Jerry Spinger, and performed about two dozen extra late night shows.
I sang Wichita Lineman with Rob Deering's band at Late and Live and appeared on a panel with Stephen Green of Christian Voice, who closed down the Jerry Spinger The Opera Tour.
I also did readings from poems and my new book, and dj-ed a night of ONLY THE FALL. See all the reviews of 90's Comedian, which was scientifically proven to be the best reviewed show in the 2005 fringe, here.
September – October 2005

Standup Comedian DVD released

September – October 2005 - Standup Comedian DVD released

September – October 2005

Sell out 3 week run of 90’s Comedian at the Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London.
1st Live DVD – “Stewart Lee: Stand-Up Comedian” is released.
Within days of release, despite superb reviews, 2entertain decline their option to do a second one.
November 2005

JS:TO DVD

November 2005 - JS:TO DVD

November 2005

Commercial release of DVD of Peter Orton’s film of Jerry Springer The Opera. The DVD is swiftly withdrawn from sale by Woolworths and those noted supporters of the arts, Sainsburys, following ten complaints a piece for the Christian right.
October – December 2005

National Tour of 90’s Comedian

October – December 2005 - National Tour of 90’s Comedian

October – December 2005

The Audience in Mull – 2005
This is the audience in the smallest commercial theatre in Britain, a shed on Mull, December 2005.
I nearly sold out two nights!
December 2005

Stephen Carlin & Stew

December 2005 - Stephen Carlin & Stew

December 2005

The young Scottish comedian Stephen Carlin enjoys visiting snowbound stone alignments with me whilst working as my support act, Winter 2005
December 2005

La Java, Paris

December 2005 - La Java, Paris
December 2005

La Java, Paris

December 2005 - La Java, Paris

December 2005

I play Karel Beer’s legendary Paris music and stand-up venue, Java.
Beer, formerly of the bands Bachdenkel and The (Hypothetical) Prophets picks you up from the station on a moped! Go here to find out more about Java.
December 2005

La Java, Paris

December 2005 - La Java, Paris

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