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Lee and Lenny serve up feast of funnies

PUBLISHED: 01:12 26 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

PREPARE your funny bones for some serious tickling because two more of Britain's best loved comedians are heading this way.

Hot on the heels of Jack Dee's stand up shows and Rik Mayall and Ade Edmundson, with their fourth Bottom Live Tour, both at the Ipswich Regent next month, Lenny Henry and Lee Evans have announced they will also be stopping off in town to keep the laughter flowing.

PREPARE your funny bones for some serious tickling because two more of Britain's best loved comedians are heading this way.

Hot on the heels of Jack Dee's stand up shows and Rik Mayall and Ade Edmundson, with their fourth Bottom Live Tour, both at the Ipswich Regent next month, Lenny Henry and Lee Evans have announced they will also be stopping off in town to keep the laughter flowing.

Lenny will take to the stage at the Regent on March 19 next year, while Lee has booked himself for a two night stay on May 21 and 22 when he too will appear at East Anglia's largest theatre.

This comes as great news for Lenny fans who were left disappointed when he cancelled his last scheduled appearance in Ipswich in June 1999.

Nearly 2,000 people had their tickets refunded when the show was first postponed and then cancelled at a time when the funny man was experiencing personal problems and unwanted tabloid exposure.

However, he is sure to make amends in March next year with a stand up performance that will prove why he has become one of the country's best comedians.

Lenny's comic ability first became noticeable in 1975 when, as a fresh faced 17-year-old, he won the television talent show New Faces and went on to take up contracts with The Fosters and Tiswas.

From there it was on to touring with the Black and White Mistrel Show before he penned and starred in Three of a Kind alongside Tracey Ullman.

This led to the Comic Strip, his own television shows, numerous live appearances on stage and his key role in Comic Relief which in 15 years has raised hundreds of millions of pounds.

He has also taken up various acting roles in television and film, but it is for his comedy that he is best loved and it is this that sees him return to Ipswich.

News that Lee Evans is bringing his brand of madcap humour to town for two nights should also get comedy fans excited.

His shows sold out within a few days when he last visited the Regent in 1998 and the new shows are expected to do the same.

Like Lenny, Lee has proved himself to be a versatile star with live stand up, television shows and starring roles in Hollywood films to his name.

With a persona likened to comedians such as Norman Wisdom he has made an international name for himself and has come a long way from his early days on stage.

On his debut gig at a Brighton pub he rushed on to stage, slipped and knocked himself out on a fire extinguisher. Today he can command up to £1.5 million to appear in a movie.

Fresh from shooting his latest film, Highbinders, alongside Jackie Chan and to the joy of his fans, Lee has decided to take his comedy on tour again and it is this which will bring him to Ipswich next year.

Tickets for Lee Evans' shows at the Regent on May 21 and 22 are on sale at 10am priced £20 and £19.

Tickets for Lenny Henry's show at the theatre on March 19 are on sale now priced £16.50 and £14.50.

All tickets are available from the Central Box Office, Princes Street, Ipswich, by calling 01473 433100, or on-line at www.ipswich-ents.co.uk

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