comedy: lee and herring

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As every classic partnership from Laurel and Hardy to Morecambe and Wise has shown, the key to a successful double-act is affectionate bickering. While obviously not in the class of the aforementioned, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring have the verbal sparring down to a tee. "We make a foolish proposition and take it to its most ridiculous extreme," says Herring. "You don't need a lot of jokes. A lot of our stuff is about the logic of arguments and the way people who know each other far too well argue with each other. In one routine, I actually started to cry." The pair are warming up for their new BBC2 series of This Morning with Richard, Not Judy.

Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, London, W6 (0181-237 1111) tonight.

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