The Alternative Comedy Experience is one of those programmes that reminds me of the reasons behind my love of comedy.Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 21st April 2015
For stand-up, things are not looking so jolly. Last week Stewart Lee's The Alternative Comedy Experience was axed by Comedy Central. It is the only show I have seen that captures what club comedy really feels like - risky, sweaty, too intimate, teetering between hilarity and despair.Alice Jones, The Independent, 19th March 2015
North West comedy promoters Deadcat Comedy were contacted by a producer on Comedy Central's The Alternative Comedy Experience about their new comedy night, MACE. It was suggested that MACE, which stands for Manchester's Alternative Comedy Experience, was trading off their name - something organisers say they never intended.Andrew Dipper, Giggle Beats, 3rd March 2015
As the title promises, these sessions from Edinburgh's Stand Comedy Club are the opposite of ordinary television comedy: rough around the edges, whimsical, occasionally controversial. This instalment is especially refreshing because it boasts an all-female line-up. Familiar faces Bridget Christie and Josie Long are joined by Maeve Higgins who has novel ideas about exercise, Helen Keen on modern relationships and self-professed "geek songstress" Helen Arney performing a surreal ode to the sun. Christie fans should tune in purely for her energetic tirade about Stirling Moss.Claire Webbb, Radio Times, 19th August 2014
A refreshing comedy experience where women can stand up and be counted.Ellen E. Jones, The Independent, 30th July 2014
Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience offers 25 minutes of understated joy over on Comedy Central. Now three episodes into its second series, it's a grottier, grimier Live At The Apollo, without the necessary blockbuster blandness of John Bishop or Michael McIntyre.
Lee talks to comedians about their comedy - more interesting than it sounds, because of the calibre of people involved - which is then interspersed with short excerpts from stand-up sets, filmed at Edinburgh's tiny pub-like venue The Stand, giving it a brilliantly raucous, ramshackle feel.
Tuesday's episode saw Susan Calman, Josie Long, Kevin Eldon and David O'Doherty performing, with O'Doherty - a particular delight. If you've ever wondered how someone can do witty nostalgia about long-dead technology without sounding like a Buzzfeed list, then track O'Doherty's set down as a matter of urgency.Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 30th July 2014