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Lee and Herring are a British standup comedy double act consisting of the comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. They are probably most famous for their work on television, most notably Fist of Fun and This Morning With Richard Not Judy but have been working together on stage and on radio since the 1980s. The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... A double act, also known as a comedy duo, is a comic device in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners, usually of the same gender, age, ethnic origin, and profession, but drastically different personalities. ... A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling. ... Stewart Lee (born April 5, 1968 in Solihull) is an English stand-up comedian, writer and director probably best known for being one half of the 1990s comedy duo Lee and Herring, and for co-writing and directing the critically-acclaimed and controversial stage show Jerry Springer - The Opera. ... Richard Herring performing his show Someone Likes Yoghurt at the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, during the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Richard Keith Herring (born July 12, 1967) is a British comedian and writer formerly best known as part of Lee and Herring, a double act with Stewart Lee. ... Fist of Fun was a popular British comedy television and radio programme, written by and starring Lee and Herring (the comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring). ... This Morning With Richard Not Judy or TMWRNJ was a British comedy television programme, written by and starring Lee and Herring (the comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring), made and broadcast by the BBC. Two series were broadcast in 1998 and 1999 on BBC2. ...


As with many double acts, Lee and Herring perform as contrasting personalities: one intellectual and rational (Lee) and the other daft and charming (Herring). As with several other double acts, Lee and Herring have a certain irony to their style and constantly check themselves and make reference to this. The characters of Lee and Herring are parodies and exaggerations of their real world selves. Irony is a literary or rhetorical device, in which there is a gap or incongruity between what a speaker or a writer says and what is generally understood (either at the time, or in the later context of history). ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...


Lee and Herring first met at a party while they were studying at Oxford University. Lee had been performing comedy on the circuit for a short while and had heard that Herring had begun doing similar so he introduced himself. The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ...


At Oxford, Lee and Herring performed in a regular comedy revue called The Seven Raymonds, which also included the material and performance of Emma Kennedy, Michael Cosgrave and Tim Richardson. A comic review troupe founded by various Oxford University undergraduates in 1987. ... The actress Emma Kennedy Emma Kennedy (born May 28, 1967 in Corby, Northamptonshire) is an English television presenter, actress and writer. ... Tim Richardson, author of Sweets: The History of Temptation, is the worlds first international confectionary historian. ...


Together they wrote material for Chris Morris' On The Hour (1991) though did not write for the television version, The Day Today, due to a management conflict. Chris Morris (b. ... On The Hour double cassette cover featuring Chris Morris, 1992. ... The Day Today is a surreal British parody of television current affairs news programmes. ...


In 1992 and 1993, they wrote and performed Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World for BBC Radio 4. For BBC Radio 1, they wrote and performed one series of Fist of Fun (1993), which was later remade for television and would pave the way for their mainstream fame. Fist of Fun made several subtle references to their dislike for former colleague Patrick Marber. Lee and Herring fell out with the On The Hour team after a row over ownership of characters that they invented. Patrick Marber has claimed that he invented the character of news reporter Peter O'Hanrahahanrahan. Lee and Herring actually invented the character, as mentioned on a text box in Fist of Fun's first series. A BBC Radio comedy series starring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring, and narrated by Tom Baker as the titular character, Lionel Nimrod, a comically exaggerated version of Baker himself. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... This page redirects from Radio 1. See Radio 1 (disambiguation). ... Fist of Fun was a popular British comedy television and radio programme, written by and starring Lee and Herring (the comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring). ... Patrick Marber (born 19 September 1964) is an English playwright, director, actor and Academy Award nominated screenwriter. ...


After the radio version of Fist of Fun, they presented another Radio 1 show running for 3 series, simply entitled Lee and Herring (but often referred to as Lee & Herring's Radio One Music Show) which featured a mixtures of records chosen by the duo themselves, and their usual sketches and chat. Lee and Herring was a British radio series broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in 1994 and 1995, named after the comedy double act who hosted it, Lee and Herring. ...


Their final major work as a double-act was This Morning With Richard Not Judy (TMWRNJ), which aired on Sunday mornings on BBC Two for series in 1998 and 1999, and was famous for being strikingly risky and adventurous. This Morning With Richard Not Judy or TMWRNJ was a British comedy television programme, written by and starring Lee and Herring (the comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring), made and broadcast by the BBC. Two series were broadcast in 1998 and 1999 on BBC2. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Lee and Herring went their separate ways at the end of the 1990s and have both enjoyed major fringe and mainstream successes. Stewart Lee co-created Jerry Springer - The Opera, directed Attention Scum! for Simon Munnery and wrote a novel called The Perfect Fool. Richard Herring has written, performed and toured with a number of successful comedy shows including Christ on a Bike, Talking Cock and Someone Likes Yoghurt. He also wrote and co-created the sitcom, Time Gentlemen Please and script-edited the third series of Little Britain. Most recently, Herring hosted the 2005 celebrity chat show Heads Up with Richard Herring for pokerzone. Lee and Herring both still work in radio and media. David Soul stars as Jerry Springer. ... Attention Scum was a surreal 2001 television comedy series directed by Stewart Lee. ... Simon Munnery, also known by his stagenames of Alan Parker: Urban Warrior and The League Against Tedium, is an English comedy writer and experimental standup comedian. ... Print version of the Coxford Singlish Dictionary Talking Cock is a Singaporean satirical and humour website. ... Time Gentlemen Please is a British sitcom. ... Little Britain is a character-based sketch show first appearing on BBC radio and then television. ... Richard Herring Heads Up with Richard Herring or HUWRH, is a British celebrity chat show written by and starring Richard Herring (the comedian formerly of Lee and Herring) and featuring professional poker players and celebrities talking about their lives, their careers and their love of poker. ... A channel dedicated to poker, broadcasting on satellite channel 226 since 2005. ...


Occasionally, Lee and Herring regroup for one-off occasions. Recent collaborations included an interview together for The Guardian and a 2005 review of each other's work for the arts supplement of The Sunday Times. The pair performed a short double act at London's Bloomsbury Theatre on 5th February 2007 as part of a tribute to stand-up comedian Ted Chippington. Bloomsbury Theatre The UCL Bloomsbury is a theatre on Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, Camden, London, owned by the nearby University College London. ... Ted Chippington was a British stand-up comedian in the 1980s. ...


Repeated jokes

Lee and Herring frequently re-used material in new shows which they had used in previous shows, frequently re-using their radio material on their later television shows. Their many idiosyncrasies of style and language also recurred frequently, including:

  • Lee introducing himself very briefly and Herring very elaborately ("My given name is Richard Herring" and similar phrases);
  • Deliberately childish mispronunciations of various words and names, especially "badmington", "skellington" and "John Majors (inevitably succeeded by Tony Blairs)";
  • Addressing people by descriptive titles, used as if they were their names, (eg "The Girl Who Smelt of Spam" or "Geoffrey from Rainbow").
  • Characters supposedly very interested in certain things praising them in extremely lukewarm terms, often with the words "quite good";
  • Herring's obsessive and unrequited love interests, including Julia Sawalha and Andrea Corr (and loathing for the rest of The Corrs, particularly the "Man Corr");
  • Frequent parodies and satires of religion (Lee being a member of the National Secular Society and British Humanist Association);
  • Frequent references to minor celebrities (such as Dale Winton).

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External links

  • Lee and Herring.com
  • Stewart Lee's website
  • Richard Herring's website
  • Fist of Fun.net fansite, includes downloads of their radio shows and live performances, episode guides, interviews, etc.
  • Off the Telly Steve Williams talks to Lee and Herring

  Results from FactBites:
 
Lee and Herring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (565 words)
Lee and Herring are a British standup comedy double act consisting of the comedians, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.
Lee and Herring first met at a party while they were studying at Oxford University.
Lee and Herring went their separate ways at the end of the 1990s and have both enjoyed major fringe and mainstream successes.
Richard Herring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (513 words)
Richard Herring (born July 12, 1967) is a British comedian and writer formerly best known as part of Lee and Herring, a double act with Stewart Lee.
A final television partnership with Lee, This Morning With Richard Not Judy, was a victim of BBC management reshuffles.
Herring has also contributed to the third series of Matt Lucas and David Walliams' popular TV sketch show, Little Britain, as script editor.
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