9 PM Thursday 9 April 2015 Nunhead Heights

PHOTO: Comedy blogger and podcaster John Fleming interviewing me at the celebrity haunted London restaurant The Ivy. Actually, the photo was taken at Five Guys hamburger joint and the interview took place somewhere else, entirely. 

Jay Richardson’s Article:

Today, one of my favourite reviewers, Scotland’s Jay Richardson, published a piece in WOW 24/7 about my UK Tour entitled “Lewis Schaffer: ‘No-one’s had as many bad shows as me – and I’m still standing.” 

He wrote “… [Lewis Schaffer’s] self-destructive instinct would mean that you couldn’t take your eyes off him if he ever appeared on the slick, sanitised Live At The Apollo, presumably after every other UK comic had perished in a nuclear apocalypse.”  Read more. 

Grouchy Club Podcast and Blog:

This week, I also spoke with John Fleming on his Grouchy Club podcast. His partner, Kate Copstick, couldn’t make it as she realized it was just me.

Read the blog post –  “Comic Lewis Schaffer on his time under a psychiatrist in Marilyn Monroe’s clinic.” I talk about how I was diagnosed as ‘Depressed’ at a New York psychiatric hospital and what I did about it. 

Then, if you dare, listen to the entire podcast – 27 minutes of me. I sound all real and sensitive and depressed. Listen here on iTunes or on Podomatic.

BBC Radio 4 Stuff (in case you missed it):

Here is the actual video of me on BBC Radio 4 talking to John Humphys and Justin Webb. Watch this before they take it down.

Leicester Square Theatre London:

Come see me Sunday at 6PM. Lewis Schaffer, International Man of Misery. 

Nunhead American Radio:

There was no new show on April 6th as it was a Bank Holiday. 

Last week’s show featured my friend, the funny Dominic Frisby, comedian and financial writer, and the brilliant Liz Zitzow, my accountant and international tax expert. She knows about the latest USA-UK tax issues. Dominic has two hardcover books out and is a libertarian which is completely radical in the UK. Listen here on MixCloud. Our best show, ever!

The Relatives, our band, has a new video up “Lewis, You Crossed the Line”  (2 mins long). I now have many many videos uploaded on the Lewis Schaffer YouTube Channel. Click.

Southwark Woods News:

We are trying to get the council to not cut down woods in Nunhead and East Dulwich. Please readand sign the petition to Save Southwark Woods. And go to @southwarkwoods on twitter and to the website. This is important. 

Buy tickets for Edinburgh 2015:

I will be charging £5 entry for my 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show and £3 for broke or old people.Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous, £5. FIVE POUNDS. NOT TEN.


April 10th Friday I am at the Washington Arts Centre near Sunderland on my Free until Famous Tour 2015 – 45 or venues. Go to my webpage and count them.  “Buy” a ticket.

Nunhead American Radio next Monday:

We are scheduled to have a famous guest but he hasn’t confirmed and he may not turn up but listen anyway. Info at Nunhead American Radio page.

SPECIAL OFFER: Use the code “American14” when buying tickets and get two tickets for the price of one.  ONLY £5 a ticket to be with other people who paid £10. Come this Sunday to the Leicester Square Theatre.

Lewis Schaffer

MY WEBSITE: DesignMutt set it up for me.

MY TOUR: Check the website. Free until Famous on Tour 2015.

TAXES BY: BritishAmericanTax.Com – ask for Liz.

One thought on “Lew's News: I cross paths with Marilyn Monroe; Only a nuclear apocalypse will get me on telly; Friday in Washington (not that Washington); Sunday at the LST London

  1. From the site that dare not speak his name …….

    Reviews of “Lewis Schaffer: International Man of Misery” at Leicester Square Theatre

    Anonymous 15-Mar-2015
    Rated : StarStarStar
    I think this comedy needed a larger audience to work better

    Deborah 30-Nov-2014
    Rated : StarStarStarStar
    Lewis is a funny guy. The second half was much funnier than the first. Don’t go if you are easily offended or don’t like interaction between the audience and the comedian.

    Corrine 6-Jul-2014
    Rated : StarStarStarStar
    Very intimate venue, a little night club ish. Lewis was very funny, a little close to the bone sometimes. nothing too creepy, and the audience liked him. inclusive racist jokes taking the piss out of white South Africans , the Irish, the Welsh etc. As an American Jew he seemed to grasp the sense of humour. I would go and see him again. Maybe not sitting in the front row. I was invited back to his flat in SE15….

    Seema 25-Jun-2014
    Rated : StarStarStarStar
    We met Lewis on our way in and he quickly established where we were from, then used that information in his show. My guests are from the USA so it worked well in the show. I would go again, but I get the impression that the quality of his show is strongly linked to the audience.. The show is otherwise entertaining.

    Andrew 19-May-2014
    Rated : StarStarStarStarStar
    We we were greeted by Lewis at the door and I ended up having a chat with him that ran over the start time of the show. Lewis covered amongst other things, Jewish self-deprecation, the difference between the Americans and the Brits, the nature of Britishness, divorce, aging and Princess Diana. In such an intimate venue, there was a great deal of interaction. If an audience member responded with something funny, Lewis made great play of writing down the line to use next time! The thing is, he was already several steps ahead of us, and could come back with something to crease us up with laughter. Go and see this guy if you get the chance! Very very funny and also full of wisdom as to how the world works.

    Marcia 11-May-2014
    Rated : StarStarStarStarStar
    I enjoyed the show. Lewis was very human and the jokes kept coming. My favourite was about the native Americans. I love the way his jacket fits him. It reminded me of Jerry Lewis. The time of the show was perfect for me on a school night. The staff at the venue are all friendly and polite. All in all I had a top evening. Thank you

    Anonymous 18-Nov-2013
    Rated : StarStarStarStar
    It was much enjoyable and funier than the previous reviews suggests

    Anonymous 17-Nov-2013
    Rated : StarStarStarStar
    I thoroughly enjoyed the show, it had plenty of sarcasm and was interactive so if you are not ready to have your image scrunched up don’t go to this gig.

    Anonymous 2-Nov-2013
    Rated : Star
    The most uncomfortable hour of my life. We were just very few during the comedy act and I couldn’t wait to leave.

    Anonymous 21-Oct-2013
    Rated : StarStarStarStar
    Look, if you want to sit back and see a slick stream of jokes and observational and inoffensive material, then look elsewhere. But if you find much modern observational stuff a bit bland and mainstream, then an hour with Lewis Schaffer could be fun. It can be a bit uncomfortable (he would say, ‘like sex’). Try to leave your sense of self-righteousness and political correctness at the door, where you are quite likely to be warmly greeted and welcomed by this likeable man. In his act, you never quite know what will happen next- and I have little idea whether he does either. It gets edgy, crude, probably way too much for many people, but nobody left at the interval. He plays around with ethnicity, colour, sex and sometimes reflects outrageously on the British, among whom he affects to reluctantly live. His constant interaction with members of the audience is often very funny. Certainly if you are the type who likes bantering with comedians from the front row you might just love this! I read a review about Lewis that said he has a self-destruct button the size of a dustbin lid, and that seems spot on. But never bland, and love him or hate him, you will find yourself talking about him afterwards.

    Rated : StarStar
    Greeted by the man himself at the door of this venue. The promotional flyer intimated an American’s view of life in London however the material was anything but. Instead the small audience were, almost without exception, engaged in verbal exchange with Lewis, providing fodder for his observations. He openly admitted deviation from his script which actually raised more laughs than his set which was rather close to the line. I wouldn’t recommend this comedian if you are easily offended by overtly sexual comments, racism or derision of religion.

    Anonymous 14-Oct-2013
    Rated : StarStar
    This was an interesting experience! I have never seen a comedian perform infront of such a small bunch of people before… there were about 20 of us and it all felt really intense! Some of the material went a bit too far out over the line but I think we all enjoyed the show in good humour, well, all of us but for one person who went on about being offended right at the end of the set!! I would have liked to have heard more about the comedian’s experiences of being from the US but living in the UK (cock and bum and just being offensive for the sake of being offensive jokes are all a bit lame). A curious experience but I’m glad I gave it a whirl!

    Rated : StarStar
    Charming and charismatic person. But disappointed with the material. Wanted to hear about his experiences as an American in London or even England. Unfortunately very little focus on this subject. Would see him again if he totally made over his show. It is a missed opportunity.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *