If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One
If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One

If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One

  • TV stand-up
  • Comedy Central Extra
  • 2011
  • 1 episode

TV broadcast of the stand-up comedy show in which Stewart Lee explores the formal limits of the art form. Stars Stewart Lee.

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Comedy Central Extra
Stewart Lee
Stewart Lee
Tim Kirkby
Colin Dench and Sarah Farrell

TV's Frankie Boyle has declared that no-one over 40 should do stand-up, as the old comedians lose their edge and their anger. Stewart Lee is 42 and Frankie's heartless Scottish words have made him wonder if it's worth carrying on.

Undaunted, the furiously baffled comedian tries to win round the legendarily harsh Glasgow audience with a crowd-pleasing McIntyre-style routine about coffee shops, but is distracted by scores of imaginary pirates; he tries to talk about every day middle aged men's concerns, but is drawn into a forty minute rant against Top Gear and all it stands for; he attempts to find some common ground with happy childhood memories that he and the audience can share, but is instead consumed with loathing and despair as a result of a Magners' Cider advertising campaign.

Recorded live at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Lee's award-winning If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One is a vast and all-consuming epic of stand-up comedy, exploring the absolute formal limits of the art form. There are also some jokes.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 19th May 2011 at 11:20pm on Comedy Central Extra
Episode length
1 hour
Most recent repeats
  • Monday 13th January 2014 at 2:25am on CC Extra
  • Thursday 9th January 2014 at 12:00am on CC Extra
  • Monday 6th January 2014 at 11:30pm on CC Extra

Recording details

  • The Citizens Theatre (Glasgow) - Recorded 15th March 2010

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