"You need to pull the plug on this now. It is the most shameful, inane thing I have seen in all the years I have been doing the fringe. You will ruin it for everyone. Have a heart, for God’s sake".
This is what Stewart Lee said in an email to Nica Burns, director of the now ‘Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards’ in response to its decision to open up a public vote to find a ‘comedy God’ from the past 30 years. The idea trivializes comedy and panders to our desire to rate, judge and have a say on matters in which we are completely ignorant and too ill informed to fairly do so. It’s hardly surprising that Russell Howard is number 1 now is it?
"Ummm, who to choose? Someone i know, or someone i’ve never heard of? Oh, I know…"
Anyway, I LOVE Stewart Lee for standing up against this crass idea. He’s one of the best comedians on the circuit at the moment, and i would go as far to say, wait for it, one of the best of our generation.
I love this man.