” Oh, I can’t sleep, whatever – it’s a huge problem. The comedian’s thing is you self-medicate with alcohol and knock yourself out – but obviously, that’s not a long-term strategy. “


” 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. “


” You get annoyed about things in real life, and then the tragic thing is that while you are moaning on the awful injustice and suffering of something, something grimly comic will then strike you about it, like a parasite feeding off the misery of the world. “


” 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 am not comparing myself to great artists, but when you see conceptual artists at work, on some level it’s reassuring to know they can paint figuratively. Likewise, when you listen to the ’50s jazz people who do these vast solos, you buy into it more if they open by playing a tune. “


” In places like Glasgow and Newcastle, audiences have a tradition of being amusingly combative. But they’re not trying to ruin the act, they’re trying to give you a challenge. It’s like a cat playing with a mouse – the cat doesn’t want the mouse to die, it wants to keep it alive for its own amusement and to be entertained by its struggle. “


” Anyone in the arts has had an experience of seeing someone who they related to doing something and thinking, ‘I could do that.’ If you have one generation where you force its hand a bit, then the next one fills in the gaps, because it’s seen an example of what can be done. “


” 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. “


” The idea of what’s acceptable and what’s shocking, that’s where I investigate. I mean, you can’t be on ‘Top Gear,’ where your only argument is that it’s all just a joke and anyone who takes offence is an example of political correctness gone mad, and then not accept the counterbalance to that. “



All 9 Stewart Lee Quotes about You in picture


Oh, I can
If a gig goes badly, my main worry is,
You get annoyed about things in real life, and then the tragic thing is that while you are moaning on the awful injustice and suffering of something, something grimly comic will then strike you about it, like a parasite feeding off the misery of the world.
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 am not comparing myself to great artists, but when you see conceptual artists at work, on some level it
In places like Glasgow and Newcastle, audiences have a tradition of being amusingly combative. But they
Anyone in the arts has had an experience of seeing someone who they related to doing something and thinking,
Nothing is too controversial, but you have to think about how to do it with sensitivity. I don
The idea of what

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