A couple of days after OBL was killed, he had material on it and not only that but to my surprise was talking about the IRA compared to OBL and how, you know, (pause for effort of effect) if the UK had gone rogue and killed some people (think IRA terrorist suspects) on US soil, America would be up in arms.
It was a real idealistic (and enviously admirable presentation, no seriously. Really now.) of justice, which I think is both Utopian and a little naive (how often those words go together), but the thing is, Lee’s humor is cynical! So how can he be talking about Utopian ideals of justice in the same breath?! Well, its always closer than you think that-hope, that ideal. Love you Stew.
He put me right on the desire of the ideal. I just didn’t think it was possible. But then I also don’t trust “absolutely” that humans can execute justice through the systems of justice that are both developing and mature. The antithesis runs through it Stu. I have hope but I know sometimes things don’t work and sometimes what is supposed to work, wasn’t designed to work but to fail.
And then Stewart, on the third installment of the second season of his brilliant Comedy Vehicle rips into Russel Howard (Stewart Lee rips Howard a new one! a new criticism that is!), Howard, whose Good News show I have written about (and praised), in terms that are undeniably obscure, but nevertheless relentless in critiquing how much money he makes and how much money he gives away and how willing the Russ is to engage with bad and power-abusive jokes he engaged in on Mock the Week. Tomatoes fly. Adrian Child is chided… (predictable that from me, sorry).
Watch it all and let the acerbic and satirical come along. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b011cl8w/) I just wish it was as sharp as it used to be. Not more jokes Stew, just more precision and clarity, like you gave out on the IRA point at Union Chapel, where the Homeless people get fed. (And rightly so. 44 pieces of silver or not.)