The Dome, Brighton
Well, another year another Stewart Lee show to sate the Middle Class Metropolitan Elite which make up all his audience (probably). The writing for this new show was starting before Brexit and Trump and was going to based on the 1818 romantic painting by Casper David Friedrich ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’ and was an attempt to produce a tour that could run until next year. But the crazy events of last year derailed him to a certain extant.
Brexit and Trump are referenced in a very clever way at the beginning of both halves but is only part of the show as Lee mostly gets back on track railing against other comics and how he buys his own DVDs and Books second-hand just to make a few extra pennies. The second half is a bit more structured with most taken up with a smutty section on our Grand Parents S&M practices but is a broadside on how everything is so easy to obtain these days in a consumerist society. Ending on a wonderful call back to ‘Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog’
Now the Lee has had his BBC2 series canned (well done BBC!) he can concentrate on his touring stand-up and it shows, he was perhaps more playful than we had seen before and the whole show worked really well.
Still the best at this in Britain. (Other opinions are available, but wrong!)
A fairly mixed crowd, not many youngsters not many oldies. But even though SL told everybody about phone use someone had to get theirs out which resulted in him jumping off stage and trying to get it off them and loud cheers.
It made me think..
That comedy (and music) may just keep us going in the times to come.