Reviewed by Lynsey Roberts
Award winning stand-up comedian Stewart Lee filled the Festival Theatre (17 March 2017) in Edinburgh with hysterical laughter throughout his performance at this sell out night. After years of writing his TV show, Comedy Vehicle, this is Stewart Lee’s comeback to stand-up comedy on stage.
Having not seen him before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this show. Not like some of the more-high profile comedians, his material was high browed varying from being very heavily focused on current political affairs of Brexit, the Scottish referendum and Donald Trump to the “under 40’s” culture of selfies, technology and bondage sex. Featuring repetition and call back references the performance flowed really well with interaction with the audience throughout. Making light of the lack of understanding to his gags from this “Friday night audience” that may be expecting more commercial comedy. However, Lee did not disappoint what seemed like his huge following with his dry wit and views of all that’s wrong in the world.
The Festival Theatre is a modern extremely spacious theatre with a choice of bars on each floor and helpful, friendly staff. It is a very nice space to have drinks pre, during and post show. The theatre is located in the city centre which means it is easily accessible by public transport and is surrounded by on street parking as well as an array or bars and restaurants for pre and post show drinks and food.
I enjoyed my evening at the Festival Theatre. Overall, I would give the night 3 stars out of 5. Probably not one for the children but certainly a very funny evening for adults. I would recommend to friends and family that would appreciate a slightly different humour than your typical high profile commercial stand-up comedians.
Stewart Lee is current on tour throughout the UK and Eire until 2018. For more information and tour dates visit www.stewartlee.co.uk.
For other shows at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh visit www.edtheatres.com.
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000