Lee Evans is a famous retired stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and writer. As one of Britain’s highest-selling comedians, he is a legend in the industry who has gone on to appear in several famous Hollywood films and gross one of the most successful stand-up tours of all time.
Evans was born in Avonmouth to Shirley Hunt and Dave Evans. He had a tough childhood, moving constantly, and as a result, was always seen as an outsider as a child. He was a victim of bullying by students and teachers. After leaving school he became a boxer before attending the Thurrock Art College in Essex. Evans experimented with music as a teenager playing the drums in a local punk rock band called The Anonymous Five.
Evans’ comedic style can be described as loud, sweaty, hot, and energetic. His slapstick observational humour saw him rise to great success throughout the 90s even winning the Perrier Comedy Award at the 1993 Edinburgh Fringe. Evan’s high energy acts were renowned for Evans’ profuse sweating with the Evans often taking an intermission to have a quick shower and change shirts.
This Herculean effort Evans put on stage was not without reward as he broke the world record for a solo performing act to the biggest comedy audience. Taking place at the historic Manchester Arena, Evans had 10,108 guests in stitches. Evans went on to bigger things with his more recent tours. In the autumn of 2008, he toured the UK with a show entitled Big. This tour saw Evans perform new material for over half a million people on 59 dates. Evans followed up this success performing at the O2 Arena with a recorded show that went on to sell over a million DVD copies. Evans continued to smash records well into the 2010s with his Roadrunner show eventually being honoured with a Channel 4 award for special contribution to comedy from the British Comedy Awards.
Not just a talented stand-up comic, Evans made the move to the big screen appearing a string of Hollywood hits. He starred in Funny Bones, There’s Something About Mary, MouseHunt, The Ladies Man, The Medallion, The Martins, Undertaking Betty, and even Luc Besson’s cult-classic The Fifth Element. Evans went on to show off his serious acting side playing a paranoid murder suspect in Freeze Frame.
A titan of the industry, it was with a heavy heart Evans declared his retirement on The Jonathan Ross Show to spend more time with his family. He left behind a legacy of incredibly funny specials and paved the way for hundreds of budding comics. Without doubt one of the most legendary and icon comedians of all time, if you would like to hire Lee Evans for your next event be sure to contact the Champions Speakers agency.
To book Lee Evans as the entertainment for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
Watch Lee on The Jonathan Ross Show, here: