Grave Goods – Stewart Lee.

Stewart Lee

Stewart Lee

Today’s Grave Goods were chosen by Stewart Lee. Stewart is a writer and comedian whose Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle series won him a BAFTA. His White Face, Dark Heart, was a documentary about the Pueblo clowns of New Mexico for Radio 4, and he has published a number of books including the autobiographical How I Escaped My Certain Fate and March of the Lemmings: Brexit in Print and Performance 2016–2019.

He was recently described by the Times as ‘the world’s greatest living stand-up comedian’ and is currently touring his show, Snowflake: Tornado.


Tools of the Trade – a tool/implement without which you’d be lost, whether it’s a pen, trowel, notepad, bottle-opener or scanning electron microscope.

‘Something to play music and some headphones.  I think I would go crazy without the panacea of sound and song.’

Food for the Journey – a favourite portable snack, or a portion of something from your funeral feast.

‘A baked potato with tuna mayonnaise, raw onion and salad.’

Memento Vivere – a memento of a companion/event to bring you cheer (can be an image).

‘A photo of my kids, taken a few years back, where they are standing in front of Monet’s Waterlilies in Paris. My favourite people in front of my favourite art in a lovely city.’

Claude Monet, The Waterlilies, Setting Sun.

Claude Monet, The Waterlilies, Setting Sun.

Ex Libris – the book or text you are least likely to tire of reading.

‘Complete works of William Blake. Blake reads differently as you and the world change. He is infinite and contains multitudes.’

Lucky Deposition – a bonus selection chosen by the guest – can include transport.

‘A monkey made of coconuts that my Mother found in a jumble sale and gave me.’

A Message from Beyond the Grave – an entirely discretionary option – leave a note for a future generation to find.

‘Sorry about ruining the planet. We fucked up.’

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