http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZYT-1tYRGc&feature=related Just finished reading Stewart Lee's brilliant memoir How I Escaped my Certain Fate: The Lives and Deaths of a Stand Up Comedian. It's a must read for stand ups and comedy fans alike. Even if you're not strictly a fan of his comedy he offers a unique insight on the trials and tribulations that forging a path in non conventional stand up throws at you. It's funny and honest and it's stirred in me a desire to revisit some of my comedy heros from the past.
First up Harry hill. Here's a 1992 clip of him when he still had hair. His brand of whimsy and original delivery style is a major influence. Check it: