Lee Evans will be restating his claim to the title of the UK’s most breathtaking stand-up when he embarks on his huge Monsters arena tour this month.
His three nights at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena follows in the footsteps of some of the country’s most outstanding comic talent - Russell Howard, Jack Whitehall and Miranda Hart.
But Lee is definitely a one-off, a mesmerising and magnetic live performer known for his irrepressible physicality and disarming charm. Gifted with extraordinary and infectious energy, he is a human dynamo on stage. He gives his all - and more - every single night. To prove the point, he needs to take a towel on stage with him in order to mop his perspiring brow.
The comedian, who has also had a highly successful movie career in films such as There’s Something About Mary, Mousehunt, The Fifth Element and Funny Bones, has a marvellous rapport with his audience.
“I love getting in front of a crowd,” beams Lee, who has also enjoyed great success in such West End hit productions as The Producers, Endgame, The Dumb Waiter and Barking in Essex. “Have you ever been on a night out with a very good mate and found that you’re on precisely the same wavelength? The other night on stage, I had exactly that feeling.
“I was laughing and the audience were laughing too. We’d found common ground, and that was brilliant. I said to them, ‘We all rode a wave together there. That’s what this evening’s about.’ That got a round of applause’. I love that connection.
“I do love talking to people, and they always seem to want to chat to me. Whenever I meet my mates in the pub, they’re always hacked off about something. They say to me, ‘I’ve just had someone round to unblock my drains – it’s been a nightmare.’ And I think, ‘Tell me more – this is potential comedy gold’.”
Lee appears at the arena, September 11-13.