Wall-to-wall laughs at Stewart's carpet comedy cracker
WELCOME to Carpet Remnant World – not the most promising source of humour.
But your host is Stewart Lee, one of the finest and most incisive comedians in the country, so expect to leave the Theatre Royal Plymouth with a smile on your face on Monday night.
Lee is fresh from a 12-week, sold-out run in London which reached 30,000 people – and gave them an insight into a life less extraordinary.
Once he was young, fresh and standalone. Now he is middle-aged with a life that mainly consists of watching children's cartoons in the company of a four-year-old boy.
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The only inspiration, we're told, is seeing Britain burning on news channels and seeing vast shops slip by on his way to theatres for gigs around the country.
The story goes that he once lived on pleasure planet. Now he is trapped in – you guessed – Carpet Remnant World.
The chances are that if anybody can mine laughs from the shag pile the supremely gifted Lee can.
He co-wrote the book and lyrics for the Olivier-Award-winning and highly controversial Jerry Springer The Opera, which began its UK at the Plymouth theatre.
Lee has written for radio, television, newspapers and magazines, and performed stand-up all over the world. He was last on the telly in Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle on BBC Two, which was nominated for the Best Comedy Programme BAFTA.
He's not for the faint-hearted but he is no 'well, it was only a joke' slime merchant, either. There is intelligence behind his apparent shock tactics.
He says: "The idea of what's acceptable and what's shocking, that's where I investigate."
And he certainly doesn't take himself seriously.
One highly regarded magazine gave this verdict on his Comedy Vehicle TV series, "positively Neanderthal, suggesting a jungle-dwelling pygmy, struggling to coax notes out of a clarinet that has fallen from a passing aircraft".
And the author of the review? Lee himself. For tickets call the box office on 01752 267222 or go to www.theatreroyal.com/stewartlee