So that's the third series of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle done, then. There wasn't much in the way of surprises, to the extent that it featured his usual trademarks: toying with or mock-aggressively ridiculing the audience, both present at the recording and watching at home; spending as much time dissecting comedy as dissecting politics (remember kids - not everything featuring animals is satire); savaging other comics (on the menu this time around were Lee Mack, Jimmy Carr, Jason Manford and the Mock The Week crew); liberally lobbing out sharp, pithy phrases that stick in the memory (his description of Twitter as being "the Stasi for the Angry Birds generation" was particularly good); holding imaginary phone conversations (the "But I'd know it was you" line in the first episode absolutely killed me); and concluding in the final episode (an attempt to write half an hour's worth of material on the conventional stand-up subject of marriage) with a brilliant pseudo-breakdown.
If there was any disappointment, it stemmed from the fact that - contrary to my expectations - Chris Morris didn't make as incisive or funny a "hostile interrogator" as Armando Iannucci did on previous series. Plus, as much as I was laughing, I can't share his hatred for dogs.
Still, minor quibbles - and easily overlooked in light of the series' greatest achievement: putting Shilbottle firmly on the map. I wonder how many times the signs have been graffitied since that episode aired?