This was the first time I have seen Stewart Lee live despite being a long time fan of his previous work on TV and on stage. The show comprises two separate sets entitled ‘Tornado’ and ‘Snowflake’ with the former being about 70 minutes long and the latter slightly shorter.
Tornado – this for me was the far stronger set and had me crying with laughter at the climax of the set as he went into an Alan Bennett voice bringing together the themes set up during the previous hour. The theme of Tornado is based on a Netflix review that was online for over two years about one of his earlier BBC TV series and describes the show as including sharks falling from the sky…no more spoilers. The other themes of this set include the usual attacks on other comedians as you would expect and a very early visit into the audience to remove someone’s phone! This set was the best I have ever seen from him.
Snowflake – this was a more traditional ‘I am a lefty alternative comedian from the late 1980s’ set and when full tilt at the new Boris Johnson led government and the new world of political correctness from the perspective of a 52 year old man. It was enjoyable and he clearly hasn’t lost his political views! Again a pop at other comedians forms part of this set, particularly the man who became famous via The Office.
A mixed audience of 40+ people with some dragging along kids who he clearly didn’t think would get a lot of the referencers to the 1980/90s and played on this.
It made me think..
He still is the ‘Best Stand Up Comedian in the World” as he was recently described in The Times. This is referred to a few times during the sets as well!