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Former TV Quiz Captain Back In Great Stand-Up Form
Comedian Lee Hurst had nothing but thanks for the packed audience that greeted him at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on his first date of 2017 as he embarks on a new UK tour. Lee announced at the end of his excellent new stand-up show: "I haven't been on tour for a million years so I'm amazed so many people have turned out to see me." The former star and team captain of hit television series They Think It's All Over, which also featured cricketer David Gower and host Nick Hancock, is back on the road with new stand-up show entitled Comedy Show No.9, so-called because it's his 9th UK tour.
Lee, who opened 2017 at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on January 13 - his first time at the venue - showed why he was such a popular character during five series of the sports quiz, They Think It's All Over, before leaving towards the end of the last century to concentrate on his own comedy club in London. Certainly Lee has no shortage of material, or subjects, which he managed to cram into his often hilarious one-hour set. He began in topical style by commenting on school closures due to that day's snow - even 'applauding' a number of teachers in the audience for managing to get to the theatre. He also stayed 'in the now' by focusing on the current NHS crisis in terms of trying to get a doctor's appointment.
An obvious subject of attention is Lee's baldness - he started losing his hair while still a teenager - suggesting it was not an illness that merited it's own event at the Paralympics. The teetotaller also described the joy of watching other people get drunk while he remained completely sober, and delivered a particularly funny routine about being stopped for speeding and his subsequent court appearance. But Lee is also not afraid to delve into darker subject matter for his comedy material, including Islamic State, convicted murderer Oscar Pistorious, and the likes of Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris.
Lee, who surely deserves a long-awaited return to our television screens, was brilliantly supported by comedian Jason Patterson who clearly merits greater exposure and success on this half-hour showing.
January 20 - Crawley, The Hawth January 21 - Hertford Theatre January 26 - Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre January 28 - Hereford, The Courtyard
February 3 - Didcot, Cornerstone February 17 - Camberley Theatre
February 18 - Leicester, Y Theatre
February 22 - Swindon Arts Centre
February 23 - Runcorn, The Brindley
February 24 - Cirencester, Sundial
March 4 - Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall
March 18 - St Albans, Alban Arena
March 22 - Bromley, Churchill Theatre
March 23 - Chorley Little Theatre
March 24 - Diss, Corn Hall
March 30 - Corby, The Tube
April 8 - Bristol, Redgrave Theatre
April 9 - Exeter, The Phoenix
April 20 - Dartford, Orchard Theatre
April 21 - Banbury, Mill Arts Centre
April 22 - Harlow Playhouse