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Review: Lee Evans @ MEN Arena, Manchester
I DON’T know whether Lee Evans should have a Government Health warning or be available on the NHS.
In the first place, you are laughing so much that you feel as if you’re having a heart attack, and secondly, they say that laughter is the best medicine so you’ll be cured.
After taking to the stage in a cloud of dry ice, Lee launched into his tirade against the ridiculousness of life.
Nothing escapes his eye; from the problems we have with zips, people shouting into mobile phones, 24-hour news and even Facebook!
Many things struck home personally, for instance, how many times have you had to remove the polythene wrapping of a CD using a knife?
Police bureaucracy, supermarket queues and energy saving also came under scrutiny as well as his own take on speed dating.
Some people criticise Lee’s humour as pedestrian as it deals with everyday life; but that is the point of it all.
Some aspects of life are ridiculous.
Why do we have to have so many blades on razors? Why do golfers only use one glove? Why does Barry Scott shout so much in the Cillit Bang adverts?
Lee makes us look at the things around us, and the things that we do, with a different viewpoint and that is what’s so funny about him.
The energy he expends on stage is prodigious, sweat was pouring off him within five minutes of coming on stage.
He even commented that he was unfit. Well, if he’s unfit now, when he was fit he should have been representing us in the Olympic games.
He was relentless throughout the evening and with laughing and wiping the tears from our eyes there was hardly time to applaud him; yet when applause did break through the tirades, he seemed genuinely appreciative of the packed out crowd’s ovations.
It was two hours of humour at it’s very best, and Lee Evans has proved himself yet again that he is indeed a master of his craft.
The shows have been sold out for ages, but never fear, if you want to see Lee Evans at his best, his show at the O2 Arena is being recorded for a DVD to be released on November 24th, and for more info on Lee in general, check out the website on www.offthekerb.co.uk .
You’ll have to excuse me now, I’m off to have my sides stitched up again.