Archive for August, 2005

JS:TO latest

News has been slow to filter through on this, but the Arts Council has withdrawn its offer help fund the UK tour of Jerry Springer: The Opera. After Christian Voice had bullied a third of venues to drop out of the tour, writers Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas agreed to waive their royalties, and the Arts Council stepped in to make up the difference. In an interview with the Independent on Sunday on July 31 (no link), Lee reveals that they reneged on this deal at the end of June.

However, as stated in Stewart’s latest mailout, “Lee’s financial loss is comedy’s gain” – and he will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe before going on national tour.

… the bulk of the new hour is built around a scenario where I meet Jesus, and he forgives me for my part in a supposedly blasphemous work, via a series of of selfless yet degrading acts (culminating in him offering himself up as a receptacle for my vomit during a bout of depression-induced drunkenness).

Jesus acting as the heavin’-Lee host? (Sorry)

In more good news, Stewart has revealed to MWW that the JS:TO tour will go on. They are all doing it for nothing, and the venues have cut costs. There may be an official announcement next week.

It’s become a matter of principle.