Stewart Lee (born 5 April 1968) is an English comedian, writer, director and musician. He made his name in the mid 1990s as one half of the radio duo Lee and Herring, a popular success followed through with extensive touring to built up a loyal live following. He gave up comedy in the early 2000s when he became disillusioned by the business and believed he was doomed to be a cult act with limited appeal who had reached the extent of any potential audience. Lee returned to stand up after co-writing and co-directing the surprise mock Broadway hit Jerry Springer - The Opera. Since then he has returned to the live circuit and through BBC and C4 specials and series, has rebuilt a niche audience and a reputation as an anti populist, anti 'after the pub' comedian.
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