When it comes to highbrow alternative comedy, there really is nothing better than Stewart Lee. If You Prefer a Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One is a little more accessible to the masses and contains the famous Pear Cider routine. 90s Comedian is a great work of art, too, though, and contains a rug-pulled-out-from-under-you device that includes some of the most blastphemous material you’ve ever heard, but not without good reason.
Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People
This is a series of comedy and science hosted by Robin Ince. Great gift for your skeptic comedy-fan friends. Contains standup comedy and lectures from Alan Moore, Richard Herring, Josie Long, Grace Petrie, Isy Suttie, Simon Singh, Richard Dawkins, and many many others.
Dara O Briain
There are a lot of Richard Herring DVDs to choose from. This is a good one about growing up. It’s got plenty of intelligence, but it also fits comedy fans with a childish sense of humor.
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The Alternative Comedy Experience season 2
A fantastic introduction to British alternative comedy, with short standup slots from a variety of performers. Season 1 was great, but season 2 was better. It doesn’t matter which one you start with.