It looks like Lee's bad leg should be good for a laugh at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 17:43 11 October 2012 | UPDATED: 17:43 11 October 2012
»Comedian Lee Hurst is back on the road after 10 years - but he probably won't be getting out of his seat much after suffering a leg injury.
But don’t worry, because nothing is off limits for this comedian and he will probably find a way of bringing his latest injury into his act when he appears at the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch on November 11 and 12.
He jokes: “It’s 10 years, back on the road and back on my back.”
This is not the first time, the star of the BBC’s They Think It’s All Over has drawn inspiration from ill health.
He said: “If it wasn’t for my ailments, I wouldn’t have an act.
“The last time I did the Queen’s Theatre, I lost my voice the day before. I was supposed to be doing Queen’s on my own, but I ended up bringing in a support act because I just couldn’t speak.”
Falling ill during his shows has become a bit of a habit for Lee.
“I remember years ago I was on stage at the Comedy Store and my heart went funny, and my blood pressure had dropped,” he said.
“When I went back to the dressing room I got myself on the floor and the duty manager rushed in and everyone started panicking.
“When the paramedics turned up, they put an oxygen mask on me and I took off my mask and I just said to the paramedic, ‘I heard the show is really bad’.”
Taking the mick
Lee has a habit of poking fun at himself on such occasions.
He said: “Taking the mick out of yourself is the way forward.
“If I am sick, I expect my friends to take the mick out of me. People always tend to wallow in self pity, but if you take the mick it makes them come out of their shell and helps them to crawl out of themselves.”
n Tickets for the show at the Queen’s cost £15.50 from the box office on 01708 443333.