An Irishman Abroad

Stewart Lee: Episode 77

March 7, 2015

This week comedian Stewart Lee talks about finding his Irish heritage and a surprising discovery that he almost made in the process. Stewart's story of how he became independent in his career is a fascinating one and this week he talks to Jarlath about the challenges which face the modern comedian while also speaking openly about the contemporary appraisal and reception of comedy.


Stewart also talks about directing Olivier Award-winning musical 'Jerry Springer: The Opera' and receiving 65,000 complaints, why he wrote to a Liberal Democratic MP about Channel 4's commission to write a sitcom set during the Irish famine, business models in comedy and the impact of free content on the creator. Whether you're a fan of his work or not, it's a fascinating discussion with one of the most polarizing characters in show business.


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