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Comedian proved he can sing too

PUBLISHED: 09:59 22 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:58 03 March 2010

Lee Evans – The Regent, Ipswich



I always though of Lee Evans as a modern day Norman Wisdom - but his live performance proves he is so much more.

The quick-fire humour is sharp, observational and often quite surreal.

Lee Evans – The Regent, Ipswich

I always thought of Lee Evans as a modern-day Norman Wisdom – but his live performance proves he is much more.

The quick-fire humour is sharp, observational and often quite surreal. And the full house at the Regent loved every minute of it.

Evans's delivery is in some ways like Ben Elton – very quick. He fires out his gags as if he had a Gatling gun and most of them hit the spot.

Unlike many modern comedians, who portray themselves as cool, almost aloof from their audience, Lee Evans definitely is one of us.

Much of his humour deals with the mundane, everyday events that affect all our lives.

Some of the subjects are universal, tried and tested avenues of comedy. Husbands and wives' map-reading, children and their strange ways, and plenty of toilet humour.

But what separates Lee Evans from other comedians and makes him so popular is the energy and boundless enthusiasm he throws into every aspect of his act.

When he takes to the stage it is filled with a huge personality – quite something for such a diminutive figure.

The biggest surprise for me, however, was saved for the end of the show when he came back on stage to play the piano and sing.

The song was funny, but what amazed me was the fact he could sing so well.

This and his hilarious actions to Bohemian Rhapsody rounded off a brilliant show and although I wasn't a big fan before it I certainly am now.

n Lee Evans is on at the Regent tonight and is coming back in June – catch him if you can.

NJG


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