Five minutes with…Lee Hurst
PUBLISHED: 14:30 20 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:30 20 March 2014
Holly Eells talks to comedian Lee Hurst about his latest tour, Things That Make You Go Aaargh, which this month visits the Towngate Theatre in Basildon
Who or what inspired your latest tour?
The tours I have been doing recently involve a theme. This time it occurred to me that people like to have a bit of a moan, so I thought I’d give them the opportunity to at the show. Obviously, if the show goes wrong, they can also moan about that, so they can’t possibly be disappointed.
So, what sends you over the edge?
Injustices. These can range from the short sentences that criminals are given for horrible crimes to people pushing in front of others in a queue, which I think should be a hanging offence. Oh yes, and people who don’t acknowledge that you have stopped for them to walk on a zebra crossing. I always thank drivers who do so for me.
Why should our readers come and see your show in Basildon?
Very simply, they will laugh a lot. If you check out my Twitter account or Facebook page after each gig, I get a lot of lovely comments from very happy punters. Also I know where you all live, so come along and see the show to stop things getting messy.
What else do you have planned for this year?
I’m finally hoping to get back into my Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green to compere some shows. I shut it down in December 2010 to develop the site into a seven-storey hotel. The bar and comedy club is on the ground floor and it reopened fully last September. However, I ended up with a hernia, which meant I couldn’t be there. Also, the autumn leg of the tour was postponed because of an operation and I have crammed everything into this tour, which means I haven’t had any time free to perform there yet.
Lee Hurst will be appearing at Towngate Theatre in Basildon on April 3. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.towngatetheatre.co.uk