Now established as one of Britain’s best-loved and biggest comedy stars, ex-boxer Lee Evans has captured audiences’ and critics’ imaginations with his irrepressible physicality and disarming charm.
Lee Evans’ manic energy, uncanny observations, hilarious delivery and side-splitting material have made his live performances a must-see for comedy fans worldwide. His tours and DVD releases year-on-year continue to smash sales and box office records. From 2002 to 2011, he performed to over 1,605,000 people in his four live arena shows (‘Wired & Wonderful’ 2002, ‘XL’ 2005, ‘Big’ 2008, and ‘Roadrunner’ 2011).
In 2011, Lee embarked on a 67-arena-date tour, Roadrunner, which included a staggering six nights at both the O2 and Wembley Arenas. In all, he played to a sell-out 600,000 people across 16 arena stages throughout the UK and Ireland. First day sales saw an amazing 227,424 tickets sold and firmly established Roadrunner as the fastest and biggest day one selling UK comedy tour of all time.
The DVD release in 2008, Big – Live at the 02, broke all previous stand-up DVD sales records when it sold a staggering 259,399 during its first week and became the biggest week one release for a non-film DVD of all time – a record it still holds today!
In September 2011, Lee’s autobiography The Life Of Lee was released, becoming a number one bestseller and making the top 30 bestselling books of 2011. Lee has won many accolades in the comedy world including the Special Contribution to Comedy Award at The British Comedy Awards 2011, the highly coveted Perrier Award and the Time Out Award for Comedy.
During the past seven years Lee has also received rave reviews for his West End theatre roles. These include; Clive Exton’s Barking In Essex, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame alongside the legendary Michael Gambon, Mel Brooks’ musical The Producers with Nathan Lane plus the Harold Pinter play ‘The Dumb Waiter’, with Jason Isaacs, where he received the London Theatregoers’ Choice Award.
This year Lee embarks on his most ambitious tour to date, Monsters. His amazing new show will see Lee play 65 nights in the biggest arenas in the country, including six nights at London’s O2 Arena. Lee’s brand new DVD will be recorded at Birmingham’s NIA for release by Universal Pictures later this year.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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