Comedian Lee Hurst’s Mucking About tour promises Hornchurch audiences lots of laughs
PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 15 February 2018
A no-nonsense comedian whose sole purpose is to make audiences laugh, will be bringing his new tour to Hornchurch.
Lee Hurst will be performing his show, the Mucking About tour at the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane.
After working for more than 20 years as a circuit comic, Lee quickly became a regular face on comedy panel shows including They Think It’s All Over and Have I Got News For You.
Specifically billed as a show without a journey or a message, Lee wants his audiences to focus on having fun.
He told the Recorder: “This time I am playing with the audience a lot more.
“My last show was quite regimented, and back in the day I used to bring material and not add anything to the show.
“This time there’s no motive, it’s just about making them laugh.
“I’m not starting or ending with the same lines and that keeps it interesting for me.”
Currently, Lee enjoys performing live to audiences all over the country, and has a reputation for being a master of his craft, who can artfully control any crowd.
Speaking about the audience responses to the tour so far, he said: “People have said they had a great time. They say ‘my face hurts’, ‘my belly hurts’.
“My intention, and not in a nasty way, is to hurt people. I want them shattered by the end, because then I know I have done a good job.
“For comedians, when you tell a line and get a laugh, it’s what you expect, people can’t help themselves.
“But when someone takes the time out to say they really enjoyed the show, through making a conscious effort, then it’s really appreciated.”
This tour will be Lee’s tenth full-length comedy show and promises to be jam-packed with laughs.
“The motive is just fun and zero pressure,” said Lee.
“One of the reasons I am not going all around the UK is because I don’t want the driving, it’s just about fun.
“We have done a few so far and its going really well, particularly on Saturday [the audience] were really getting into it.”
The Mucking About tour came about when Lee’s club, The Backyard in Bethnal Green, underwent a period of renovation leaving Lee and his manager with some free time on their hands.
Speaking about the new venue, Lee said: “This venue is a much nicer space. The BBC use it frequently for radio recordings.”
Lee never intended to go into stand up comedy, his dream was always to own his club.
He said: “When we were at school we used to write little scripts at lunchtime just to make each other laugh.
“When we left school, we ended up taking over the venue of this theatre group.”
Lee found his way into stand-up comedy when he was forced to let go of the venue and focus on the gigs that were being made available to him as a comedian.
Many years later and Lee has been able to return to his original dream with The Backyard club in Bethnal Green.
When it comes to choosing between stand-up comedy or TV, the choice is clear for Lee.
He prefers the feedback and response you can get from live audiences.
“You need [the audience’s] laughter to drive the show,” said Lee.
“The circuit is a meritiocracy, it’s based on who’s good, while TV is based on power.”
He is particularly looking forward to performing at the Queen’s Theatre, which Lee explains is one of his favourite venues.
“I always get a good turn out at Queen’s. It’s interesting to find out what set I’ll be playing in front of,” said Lee.
“I only go about once a year, but when I turn up, I know where everything is and it feels like home.”
The Mucking About tour will be at The Queen’s Theatre on Sunday, February 25 and Monday, February 26 at 7.30pm.