Stewart Lee entertains audience at In Conversation event

Thursday, 04 February 2016

Simon Kovesi and Stewart Lee

Comedian, writer and director Stewart Lee took part in a wide-ranging and entertaining discussion at Oxford Brookes last night (Wednesday 3 February).

The sold-out In Conversation event with Professor Simon Kövesi, Head of Department of English and Modern Languages, was dubbed by The Guardian as one of the top 10 cultural highlights of the week.

Throughout the evening, Stewart responded to a number of diverse questions submitted by attendees in advance. These ranged from taste in comedy, to the monetary value which is increasingly placed on the arts and the future of the BBC. 

The evening also drew on Stuart’s long-standing career in comedy, performance, writing, TV, radio, theatre and music reviewing.

Stewart is the most respected stand-up comedian working in the UK today. But it is the diversity of his interests, the idiosyncrasy of his commentary on contemporary life, and the acuity of his sophisticated moral compass, that means some of us just want to know how he works his comedic magic.

Professor Simon Kövesi, Head of Department of English and Modern Languages

Speaking after the event, Stewart Lee commented that he had enjoyed his return to Oxford Brookes and in taking part in an event which opens up the University campus to not only staff and students, but also the wider community. Stewart also spoke on how life for students has changed significantly since he was at the University of Oxford and his continued involvement in the Arts Emergency Service - a charity which encourages kids from deprived backgrounds to pursue arts and humanities at university.

Professor Simon Kövesi said of the event: "Stewart is the most respected stand-up comedian working in the UK today. But it is the diversity of his interests, the idiosyncrasy of his commentary on contemporary life, and the acuity of his sophisticated moral compass, that means some of us just want to know how he works his comedic magic. And I felt that's what we got tonight - a peep behind the stage curtain. Plus, the complete works of William Blake would be his desert island read: so what's not to like?"

Stewart Lee book signing

Stewart has had a varied and successful career in television, radio and theatre. His TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, has received a number of accolades including a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme and Best Male Television Comic in 2011 and in 2012 won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Programme. 

He has published a novel The Perfect Fool (2000), the stand-up treatise How I Escaped My Certain Fate (2010) and a wide variety of theatre pieces and shows on CD and DVD. Stewart has written widely on music for The Sunday Times,The Wire and Mojo and has a regular column in the Observer

He has recently toured his new show A Room with a Stew ahead of a new BBC2 series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.

The In Conversation event with Stewart Lee was the latest Open Lecture to take place at Oxford Brookes. These events are free to attend and open to all. Booking is required and can be done on the Events webpages.