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Alan Moore offers Thought For The Day on BBC Radio's flagship news programme
December 31, 2011 5:28 AM   Subscribe

This morning's edition of Today, BBC Radio 4's flagship news programme, was guest-edited by the comedian Stewart Lee. Highlights included Alan Moore's Glycon-inspired Thought For the Day (which comes at 1 hour and 22 minutes into the show) and a completely incomprehensible interview with The Fall's Mark E. Smith (at 1 hour 47 minutes in). All this plus an avant-garde trombonist too!
posted by Paul Slade (16 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
I thought it was odd that Alan Moore was offering the thought for the day...
posted by pmcp at 5:44 AM on December 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Missed opportunity not having MES read the news.
posted by scruss at 6:11 AM on December 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yes! Now I have to listen to this before I can do any work.
posted by carter at 6:21 AM on December 31, 2011


Very timely as I'm halfway through 'How I Escaped My Certain Fate' which is absolutely superb reading.
posted by panboi at 6:34 AM on December 31, 2011


This page has some of the highlights.
posted by Lanark at 6:41 AM on December 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm torn. This sounds like it could be good and I loves me some MES but Stewart Lee is, to borrow from John Peel, as close to being a complete and utter wanker as it's possible to get.
posted by i_cola at 7:10 AM on December 31, 2011


Thanks Lanark for that link which makes it much easier to listen to each section. I love Alan Moore's 'Thought for the Day' dead pan delivery.

I also recommend AS Byatt's discussion of Norse religion (on the same page of links), which covers quite a lot of common ground to Alan Moore, how it is easier to find comfort in something which already embraces its unreality. Or as Moore puts it 'The big advantage of worshipping a god which is a ventriloquist's dummy is that if things get a bit unruly, you can always put it gack in the gox.'
posted by communicator at 7:50 AM on December 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Lovely stuff.

Oh how I would have loved to hear Alan Moore doing Thought for the Day without advance warning, that's awesome.
posted by Artw at 8:21 AM on December 31, 2011


Missed opportunity not having MES read the news.

I know, especially after we've had the great joy of hearing him read the football results.
posted by maudlin at 8:54 AM on December 31, 2011


I'm torn. This sounds like it could be good and I loves me some MES but Stewart Lee is, to borrow from John Peel, as close to being a complete and utter wanker as it's possible to get.

I like to say "udder wanker" and see if anyone notices that I am milking the joke.
posted by srboisvert at 10:04 AM on December 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Give it to me straight, like a pear cider that's made from 100% pure pear: was there any mention of Richard Hammond?
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:11 AM on December 31, 2011


Why is Stewart Lee an utter wanker all of a sudden?
posted by MartinWisse at 11:34 AM on December 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


pearS

And no, Stewart Lee isn't a wanker. For some reason some people seem convinced that his comedy performances are meant to be an accurate and minute account of his personality and beliefs, rather than something intended primarily to make people laugh.
posted by howfar at 2:02 PM on December 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Or, for those of you on the wrong side of the Atlantic, like a British Michael Ian Black.
posted by subbes at 2:18 PM on December 31, 2011


Fantastic. I've been a "wrong side of the Atlantic" based fan of Lee since hearing him interviewed on Marc Maron's superb WTF podcast.
posted by hell toupee at 2:33 PM on December 31, 2011


And no, Stewart Lee isn't a wanker. For some reason some people seem convinced that his comedy performances are meant to be an accurate and minute account of his personality and beliefs, rather than something intended primarily to make people laugh.

There's a video up for one performance where he breaks character to explain the structure of the Richard Hammond joke. He does this thing quite a bit (the superb Glasgow performance springs to mind when an audience member couldn't process why Lee kept referring to them as "Scotch") and it makes the joke funnier, but you do have to wonder about some of the people attending these performances.
posted by panboi at 6:16 PM on December 31, 2011


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