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By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

DECONSTRUCTION: Stewart Lee's in Chelmsford on Friday

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A SEXLESS middle-aged married man whose life now consists mainly of watching Scooby Doo cartoons with a four-year-old boy will attempt to make the people of Chelmsford laugh this week.

Stewart Lee – hailed by The Guardian as "the funniest thing on television" and derided as "about as funny as the bubonic plague" by The Sun – will bring his stand-up show, Carpet Remnant World, to the Civic Theatre this Friday, June 22.

It is an apt title for a comedian who likes to pull the rug out from under the audience's feet.

Lee has divided opinions with his deconstructing, self-aware stand-up, told in a rigorous monotone. His is a brand of anti-comedy that lays into fellow stand-ups like Michael MacIntyre and Russell Howard and then lays into himself.

The biggest gag is that he does not have a set, is bereft of material, as he is too busy looking after his child to come up with decent jokes.

"It's form interrogated by content through a haze of passive-aggressive monotony," he explains.

But his sharp intelligence and acerbic wit shine through and his mordant brand of humour has won him fans across the country.

Tickets are £19 on 01245 606505 or at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres

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