The Best Episodes of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
Last Updated: Dec 8, 2018
The show marks the triumphant television return of one of the finest stand-ups working in Britain today, enthralling a live audience with his uniquely cynical and hilariously condescending take on the world around him. Each episode sees Stewart exploring a different theme in a stand-up routine, often illustrated with sketches featuring an ensemble cast. They are performed in a way that deconstructs comedy itself; literally a vehicle for Lee's idiosyncratic style. Starring alongside Stewart are: Tony Law, Tara Flynn, Paul Putner, Kevin Eldon, Miles Jupp, Simon Munnery, Job Angus and Michael Redmond. Peter Serafinowicz provides voiceovers.
#1 - Islamophobia
Season 4 - Episode 2
Stewart Lee takes on the subject of Islamophobia.
#5 - Wealth
Season 4 - Episode 1
Stewart Lee takes on the subject of wealth.
#6 - Identity
Season 2 - Episode 5
Stewart looks at the notion of identity, how different nations define themselves and debunks the myth of one of Britain's greatest national heroes.
#7 - Shilbottle
Season 3 - Episode 1
Stewart Lee's award-winning stand-up series returns after a three year absence, as he takes on six new subjects in his own unique style. Stew shares his thoughts about social media and ponders some alterations to road signs along the A1 in Northumberland.
#8 - England
Season 3 - Episode 2
Stewart Lee's award-winning stand-up series continues as he tackles fears of immigration and an opinionated taxi driver's views on what can get you sent to jail in England these days. Featuring guest appearances from Kevin Eldon and Paul Putner.
#9 - Religion
Season 1 - Episode 6
Stewart talks about comedy - how it works, how to do it, and how, having turned forty, he is worried that things might be going downhill.
#10 - Death
Season 4 - Episode 4
Stewart Lee takes on the subject of death.
#11 - Charity
Season 2 - Episode 3
Charity is the topic for Stewart Lee's unique brand of stand-up this week, during which he gives Adrian "Toby Jug" Chiles and Russell "Ninjas" Howard a thorough drubbing. Charity was also the topic of the first show in the series, but he was waylaid by different varieties of crisps so they've made him do it again.
#14 - Childhood
Season 4 - Episode 6
Stewart Lee takes on the subject of childhood.
#15 - Patriotism
Season 4 - Episode 3
Stewart Lee takes on the subject of patriotism.
#16 - Democracy
Season 2 - Episode 6
In this final show in the series, Stewart Lee gives a uniquely personal insight into the workings of government.
#18 - Political Correctness
Season 1 - Episode 3
Stewart Lee asks whether political correctness really has gone mad, or whether it is just something people say because they don't really understand what it means. Stewart thinks he knows what it means - though the tale of how his attempts to lose weight were ruined by the PC minefield makes him not so sure... not to mention the story of how a lost ballet shoe caused a national scandal.
#19 - Charity
Season 2 - Episode 1
In the first of six themed shows, Stewart sets out to explore some ideas about charity, but instead gets sidetracked and ends up talking mostly about crisps.
#20 - Stand-Up
Season 2 - Episode 4
Stewart talks about stand-up comedy, adding variety by choosing to sit down and throwing in some guitar-driven songs as a result of his exposure to fellow comedian Tim Minchin, who in a surprising turn of events he actually likes.
#21 - Toilet Books
Season 1 - Episode 1
In the first episode of this new series, Stewart looks at the phenomenon of toilet books. Where did they come from? And why? For some reason, someone, somewhere, thought history, fiction, poetry and the like weren’t enough any more, and so they invented celebrity hardbacks, tragic lives and Dan Brown. Stewart takes a look at some of this new lavatory literature, including works by Asher D and Paddy McGinty’s Goat, and finds out what would happen if Dan Brown got a job where he had to break bad news.
#22 - Financial Crisis
Season 1 - Episode 4
In the fourth episode of this new series, Stewart comments that it’s not easy making a comedy show about a global financial crisis. But he’s going to give it a go, trying to find out how the financial markets got themselves into this mess and who’s going to get them out of it. He also discovers that destroying your own home just might pay off; that those who put money under the bed and not in the bank were right all along; and – most horrifying of all – in London, one is never more than 10 ft from an estate agent. At least he’s got fond memories of Woolworths, MFI and Zavvi…
#23 - Migrants
Season 4 - Episode 5
Stewart Lee takes on the subject of migrants.
#24 - Television
Season 1 - Episode 2
In the second episode, Stewart casts his eye over the state of British television today, and tries to find out whose fault it is. Along the way, via a sketch, he meets the villagers who, every year, host a bizarre celebration of The Funniest Moment Ever On Television; explains his idea for a sequel to March Of The Penguins; and finds out why Ant and Dec never seem to grow older.