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Sigmund Freud vs. Stewart Lee; Dick advances

Yesterday‘s thread was won by Slugger, who wrote:

I accidentally swallowed a stelazine capsule and have seen that Grandma Moses is in fact a reptilian lifeform without the ability to vocalize. My vote goes to PKD.

Where did that light switch come from, anyway? I could’ve sworn it was a pull cord. . . .

In today’s match, neither of the two contenders (Freud in the “founders of religion” category and Lee in the “comedians” category) is seeded, but both are formidable contenders. I think either could give a wonderful speech and also deal well with the inevitable hecklers. Freud’s got the fame; on the other hand, Lee’s theories are probably more falsifiable.

P.S. As always, here’s the background, and here are the rules.


  1. Nuthin' says:

    This series of posts is so tedious that I’m considering removing this blog from my RSS feed altogether.

  2. Adam says:

    Freud would suffer a lot from the rules on smoking; after all, he had a special wedge made to force open his cancerous jaw so he could keep lighting up the cigars. You might end up calling security on him. And Lee is brilliant.

  3. Chip Lynch says:

    Freud would spend a lot of time talking about my mother, and I gather he doesn’t have the most idyllic things to say. Lee seems more likely to talk about HIS mother, and to be entertaining while saying positive things about her. (

  4. Jonathan (another one) says:

    “Lee’s theories are probably more falsifiable.” No fair winning the thread in the original post.

  5. Ethan Bolker says:

    No entry from me today, but this from the Times illuminates the history of Andrew’s selection criteria:

    Life at Versailles was apparently a protracted battle of wits. You gained status if you showed “esprit” — clever, erudite and often caustic wit, aimed at making rivals look ridiculous. The king himself kept abreast of the sharpest remarks, and granted audiences to those who made them. “Wit opens every door,” one courtier explained.

  6. zbicyclist says:

    Freud would be a guilty pleasure.

  7. Bill Jefferys says:

    Typed this into my bash shell:

    morgoth:~ bill$ x=”Freud”
    morgoth:~ bill$ y=”a”
    morgoth:~ bill$ echo ${x/e/$y}

  8. jrc says:

    Sigmund Freud is the Red Pill:

    “Whoah” – Ted, pre-prising his role as Neo, champion of escapism masquerading as realism.

    Stewart Lee is the Blue Pill:

    “Instead of trying to sugar the pill and make it more accessible, I’ve just got to get on with it now. You either like it or you don’t.” – Lee, on this world as the real world.

    So I vote for The Matrix as worst movie ever. Wait, what were we supposed to be voting on again?

  9. Alex says:

    A man who convinced generations of women that they were having their orgasms in the wrong place deserves to be heard. Freud it is.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Lee’s campaign slogan “I’m not Freud”. Hillary might use the same slogan.

  11. Stewart Lee, for a superior understanding of humour

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