REVIEW: Lee Hurst, Too Scared to Leave the House, at the Tobacco Factory by Dawn Killick 8/10
HURST, of They Think It's All Over fame, has quietly disappeared from the public view for the past 10 years having spent his time developing and refurbishing his Bethnal Green -based Comedy Club. He has returned to his roots with a 50 date tour, playing to a sold out Tobacco Factory.
Lee immediately engaged the audience enquiring what distance they had travelled and the winner went to a couple from Droitwich who he teased by telling them he was going to perform there next week.
Lee comes over as a very nice, likeable, chap but he has a fairly sharp tongue and a witty repartee.
Medical matters, the Olympics and Paralympics were among subjects covered,
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When he moved on to his medical ailments I am quite sure that he scared Debbie, one of the audience. She had been recently diagnosed with arrhythmia from which Lee also suffers.
There were graphic tales of MRIs and femoral artery operations told with good humour.
During the interval the audience were invited to express their fears and phobias by leaving a note in the basket on stage. The Bristol audience gave him a good mix of subject matter, with fears ranging from chicken and rodent phobias to running over sheep.
This latter one brought quite a reaction from the audience as the lady in question resides in the Forest of Dean and Lee did not understand why everyone was laughing so much.
Some comedians would not be able to execute this type of humour without offending the crowd but his easy going manner pulled this off.
Lee Hurst is a funny guy, he has a good physical comedy presence and the audience definitely enjoyed his hilarious improvised comments and observations.
He came across as really enjoying his evening drawing the banter and laughter effortlessly out of the crowd.