” If a gig goes badly, my main worry is, ‘Will these people come back?’ Because that will affect my ability to pay the mortgage – but nowadays, I don’t really mind what happens, as I think if it all goes wrong for real, you still have to go with it. “


” When I did ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera,’ there was a big fuss, largely centered around the misrepresentation of its content. Had Twitter existed then, that would have been over in a week because people who had actually seen it would have been able to get control of the story through social media. “


” Personally, I don’t have a Twitter account. I like to be in control of the way the stand up of Stewart Lee is perceived, I don’t want to have to engage with individual people. Also, when I do look at it, loads of factually inaccurate things about me are written. “


” I think a comedian has to be low status on some level, that gives you the right to do all sorts of jokes about all sorts of different kinds of people. “


” I think what I do is borderline art. Most people who do borderline art have to have other jobs, so I’m very grateful. “


” I’ve now got a 35,000-word document of quotes from people who hate me, a lot from the ‘Guardian’ comment threads. Mostly, I’ve managed to get myself into the mindset where the criticism is quite affirming. “


” I’m in this for the long haul, I want to be doing this until I die. I am a standup comedian. I know a lot of people say I’m not, but I am. “


” There’s an assumption that my audience is all these bearded twats from Dalston. But actually, quite a lot of older people go. For them, it’s like pre-alternative comedy, when there was Dave Allen or Jackie Mason or someone. Also, weirdly, because I don’t really swear, they’re not scared off. “


” I read in the ‘Daily Mail’ that I’m one of these ‘foul-mouthed comedians.’ But I’m much cleaner than the people they like. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to think that a 70-year-old – particularly someone like Alan Bennett – would like it, because they’ve seen a lot of stuff. “


” Lots of stand-up showcases on TV are made by production companies that also represent acts as clients, so there tends to be a demonstrable bias towards a certain group of people. “


” Nothing is too controversial, but you have to think about how to do it with sensitivity. I don’t try to be insensitive. I think really, really carefully about exactly what things mean and how they will affect people. “



All 11 Stewart Lee Quotes about People in picture


If a gig goes badly, my main worry is,
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I think a comedian has to be low status on some level, that gives you the right to do all sorts of jokes about all sorts of different kinds of people.
I think what I do is borderline art. Most people who do borderline art have to have other jobs, so I
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I read in the
Lots of stand-up showcases on TV are made by production companies that also represent acts as clients, so there tends to be a demonstrable bias towards a certain group of people.
Nothing is too controversial, but you have to think about how to do it with sensitivity. I don

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