Lee Hurst became best known to television viewers as the quirky and quick-witted panellist on BBC1’s popular sporting quiz, ‘They Think It’s All Over’.
Lee had not even considered comedy as a career until he was 27, but is now part of the “premier league” of British stand-ups.
He started like so many other comics working The Comedy Club circuit, quickly becoming a headliner and building a reputation for audience banter and improvisation. He was soon writing for radio programmes such as Weekending and Loose Ends and in demand as a warm-up man for TV shows such as ‘Have I Got News For You’. It was while doing this that Lee was asked to take part in the pilots for ‘They Think It’s All Over’. As a regular panellist, Lee became a household name for his impromptu interviews with unwitting sportspeople and predictably one-sided exchanges with the likes of Gary Lineker and David Gower.
With the success of They Think It’s All Over, Lee fronted ITV’s prime-time weekend show Saturday Live in 1996 and more recently he created and performed on Channel 5’s new comedy quiz show Bring me the Head of Light Entertainment. Lee’s other TV credits include presenting Shark Tank and The Warehouse, and guest appearances on That’s Showbusiness, The Stand Up Show and Have I Got News For You? He has also popped up on Don’t Give Up Your Day Job as a regular panellist.
On radio Lee has presented Loose Ends and guested on The Steve Wright Show, Euromix, Two Men and a Transmitter and The Robert Elms Show. He was team captain on Hold The Front Page.
However, despite all his TV work, Lee feels most at home in front of a live audience and likes to do as much performing as possible having finished a lengthy national tour at the end of last year. He still works the London circuit and famously built and now runs his own club, The Backyard Comedy Club, in London’s East End.
Lee has become extremely popular at corporate engagements for his ability to delight almost any audience and his expertise as an event or awards host.
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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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