How free improv helped Stewart Lee not to worry when things go wrong

If a gig goes badly my main worry is, “Will these people come back?” Because that will affect my ability to pay the mortgage – but nowadays I don’t really mind what happens, as I think if it all goes wrong for real you still have to go with it. This may sound pretentious, but it’s partly because over the last 20 years or so I’ve been to see a lot of free improvisational music – and I like that when a problem happens instead of trying to avoid it, or cover it up, they go with it.

  • This is part of a terrific conversation between Stewart Lee and Will Self in the Guardian. Read it all here.

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