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How I escaped my certain fate: the life and deaths of a stand-up comedian

How I escaped my certain fate: the life and deaths of a stand-up comedian

Lee, Stewart, 1968-

In 2001, after over a decade in the business, Stewart Lee quit stand-up, disillusioned and drained, and went off to direct a loss-making opera about Jerry Springer. This book details his return to live performance, and the journey that took him from an early retirement to his position as the most critically acclaimed stand-up in Britain

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Faber, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Stewart Lee
ISBN: 0571254810, 9780571254811
Note: Includes discography and index.
Note: Originally published: 2010.
Physical Description: 394 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Stand-up comedy Great Britain.; Stand-up comedy; Lee, Stewart, 1968-; Comedians Great Britain.; Performing Arts.

Author note

Stewart Lee began stand-up in 1988 at the age of 20, and won the Hackney Empire new act of the year award in 1990. In 2001 he was asked to write the libretto for Jerry Springer: The Opera which went on to win four Olivier awards. His most recent stand-up shows have been Stand Up Comedian (2004), 90s Comedian (2005), 41st Best Stand-up Comedian (2007), If You Prefer a Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One (2009) and Carpet Remnant World (2012). Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, featuring stand-up shows and sketches, has run for three series on BBC2 since 2009, and won the BAFTA for Best Comedy Programme in 2012.