Stewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World

Synopsis: What can a middle-aged man possibly find to write comedy about? Join Mr Lee to find out how journeys to indistinct provincial theatres and roadside retail outlets can be quite inspirational...
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Tim Kirkby
Actors: Stewart Lee
123 min


Ladies and

gentlemen, it's time to enter

the Carpet Remnant World

of Stewart Lee!


That was a bit heavy metal,

rock and roll that.

Can we have some funny music

at the start of the second half? Yup.

Thanks for coming.


Okay. What news do you know about?

Leveson Inquiry. That's ongoing.

News of the World went down.

I was sorry to see

The News of the World go down.

I think it was a great

campaigning newspaper.

Not everything I say

is sarcastic, Sheffield.

Who can forget

the News of the World's

high-profile campaign

against child sex offenders

which led, didn't it,

to News of the World readers

burning down the home

of a paediatrician.


Throwing rocks at a pedalo.


And stamping on a centipede.


Top-of-the-show pedophile jokes

going down well.

Good to have been on television

and finally managed to attract

so much of Jimmy Carr's audience.

The show's not aimed at you,

don't come again.


I'm trying to find out

what news you know about

so I can weave stories into a seamless

two-hour narrative-driven whole.

A seamless narrative-driven whole.

You have to do that, I


If you're a name comic

out doing a long theatre show,

you just can't go out and do

90-minutes of unrelated little gags

that you can subsequently

chop up into smaller parcels

and resell to Mock the Week

and Live at the Apollo.

Oh, yeah. You can do that, can't you?


So what news do you know about?

I think the funniest news story

at the moment

is the trial of the Norwegian Neo-Nazi

mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

You're going, "Hang on, there's

nothing funny about that, Stew."

But there is and, erm,

(LAUGHTER) it's this.

That on his website,

Anders Behring Brievik,

the Norwegian Neo-Nazi mass murderer,

has written this genuine sentence.

"Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear


"Is one of the few programmes

worth watching on the BBC."


I know.

Now very rarely

do you see a better example

of what philosophers call

the banality of evil.

And remember all that's required

for Jeremy Clarkson to triumph

is that Richard Hammond do



Remember when Jeremy Clarkson

made those jokes

about shooting strikers

and everyone complained?

There was a guy

from the Daily Telegraph

went on the Channel 4 News

to defend him and he said,

"Come on," he said,

"it was just a joke," he said.

"It's not as if a Jeremy Clarkson fan

has ever gone out and shot anyone."


I thought,

"Well, there was that one guy,

"the mass murderer."

Poor old Colonel Gaddafi

had a bad year last year, didn't he?

The Libyans got fed up

of their leader,

pulled him out of a sewer,

shot him in the face,

mutilated the anus of his corpse

with a knife

and chucked him

in a meat refrigeration unit,

but they did that off their own backs,

didn't they, the Libyans.

No one made them do it.

They did it entirely voluntarily

of their own initiative.

What better example is there

of the big society in action?


Will the big society work?

Whether we think so depends on

our immediate experience

of society around us.

Now of course, David Cameron

thinks a big society will work

because he lives in a nice little

village in Oxfordshire, Witney,

and all of four times a year,

all the local people in Witney,

that's David Cameron,

Jeremy Clarkson, Rebekah Brooks,

and the cheese bloke from Blur,


They all get together voluntarily.

They go out and they clear out

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Stewart Lee

Stewart Graham Lee (born 5 April 1968) is an English stand-up comedian, writer and director. In the mid-1990s he was one half of the radio duo Lee and Herring, alongside Richard Herring. He co-wrote and co-directed the West End hit musical Jerry Springer: The Opera, a critical success that sparked a backlash from Christian groups who staged a series of protests outside its early stagings. After a return to the live circuit, and through BBC and Channel 4 specials and series, Lee has rebuilt an audience and a reputation as an anti-populist comedian. In December 2011 he won British Comedy Awards for best male television comic and best comedy entertainment programme for his series Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle.A 2009 article in The Times referred to him as "the comedian's comedian, and for good reason" and named him "face of the decade". In June 2012 Lee was placed at number 9 in the Top 100 Most Influential People in UK Comedy. His stand-up is characterised by repetition, frequent callbacks, generally nonchalant delivery and a pronounced use of deconstruction, which he often self-consciously refers to on stage.Lee has written music reviews for publications including The Sunday Times. Through the early 2000s he was a regular presenter on Resonance FM. more…

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