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Going to see a Stewart Lee double bill in Peterborough on Friday night.  Snowflake and Tornado shows back to back.

I'm really excited - a rarity these days - I last saw him perform "If you'd prefer a milder comedian..." and would put it down as probably the best live performance i've ever seen.   

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I saw the same shows in Leicester Square Theatre last October and thought they were brilliant. I think it was a 'work in progress' show too so imagine he's only improved them since then. Was my first time seeing Stew live and he did not disappoint!.

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Marc Maron's new one on Netflix is predictably fantastic, plus it has a good heap of anti-Marvel stuff in there just to cheer me up even more.

Rob Delaney's Jackie on Amazon was also excellent, but the best one I've probably watched recently was Michelle Wolf (Netflix).

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I have tickets to the Horne Section in May; I guess that's up in the air now though.

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Given every gig everywhere has been pulled a lot of comedians are ramping up online content (if not just to keep busy). Scott Bennett is doing a 'Live From My Shed' webstream tomorrow night at 8pm which you can find on his facebook page & should be reliably excellent.

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Watched Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face last night, and it wasn't bad at all, would like to see more from him. Taylor Tomlinson's special on Netflix also has some great stuff in it, I think she's got a series on the way as well.

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On 3/13/2020 at 10:36 PM, Devon Malcolm said:

Marc Maron's new one on Netflix is predictably fantastic, plus it has a good heap of anti-Marvel stuff in there just to cheer me up even more.

I'm in two minds on this one. Having read Stewart Lee's last book recently, he talks in that about how American has only recently picked up the British "narrative stand-up" format, where the show has a central narrative arc, and relies a lot on callbacks and so on, rather than just being a string of jokes, and I found watching Maron with that in mind that it felt very constructed in that sense, and that if a British comedian had followed the same structure it would have felt a bit old hat.

But then the way it was lit and shot, and Maron being an actor as much as a stand-up, made it feel more like a one man show than a stand-up special, which conspired to make some of the weaker or more obvious jokes fall a bit flat.

 

But then with all that pretentious bollocks put to one side, it had some great jokes in it, so what does it matter? The ending was a bit overly contrived and over-long, but it was a decent show.

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48 minutes ago, BomberPat said:

I'm in two minds on this one. Having read Stewart Lee's last book recently, he talks in that about how American has only recently picked up the British "narrative stand-up" format, where the show has a central narrative arc, and relies a lot on callbacks and so on, rather than just being a string of jokes, and I found watching Maron with that in mind that it felt very constructed in that sense, and that if a British comedian had followed the same structure it would have felt a bit old hat.

But then the way it was lit and shot, and Maron being an actor as much as a stand-up, made it feel more like a one man show than a stand-up special, which conspired to make some of the weaker or more obvious jokes fall a bit flat.

But then with all that pretentious bollocks put to one side, it had some great jokes in it, so what does it matter? The ending was a bit overly contrived and over-long, but it was a decent show.

I don't think it's quite Maron's best and his style has clearly changed over the course of the specials he's done, and also through becoming more of a student of the form. I think he admitted 7 or 8 years ago he was barely watching any stand-up at that point.

I really liked the structure to it though and although I think recall bits can usually be contrived, he actually pulled it off really well here because it wasn't used as a one-liner. For me, he's one of the best and most consistent around. Plus he should have been in Spenser Confidential more.

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Mae Martin-Dope (on Netflix as part of the Comedians Of The World series) is absolutely great.

The bit where she talks about how she got into comedy by hanging around her local club as a teen made me cry with laughter.

I love her.

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@BomberPat - Interesting you bring up Lee in relation to Maron. Marc has mentioned a few times how much he likes Stew and his style. He had him on WTF a few years back and its a genuinely great chat. I think Maron really related to what he tries to do, so Its not surprising Maron has gone down that route now with the narrative structure.

I really enjoyed it anyway. Maron is always engaging.

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I was watching some John Mulaney bits on YouTube and this one, about babysitters, is going to keep me up all night from repeated cackling.

And the fucking clocks are going forward too.

 

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