Lee Hurst

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Lee Hurst
Birth nameLee Hurst
Born (1962-10-16) 16 October 1962 (age 56)
Tower Hamlets, London, England[1]
Notable works and rolesThey Think It's All Over

Lee Hurst (born 16 October 1962) is an English comedian.[1]

Hurst was a regular panellist on the comedy sports quiz They Think It's All Over from 1995 to 1998.

He is a fervent supporter of Brexit and an outspoken critic of Islam. In 2003, he was considering standing as a candidate in the 2004 London mayoral election. One of the factors behind his decision was a proposed redevelopment, which would have seen his comedy club demolished.[1][2]

Hurst has a severe form of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis, a condition which causes acute back and joint pain.[3]


Hurst took up comedy after being employed in a number of jobs after leaving school, including working for a building society, the Department of Health and Social Security, and as a telephone engineer for BT. He made his first appearance on stage at the Donmar Warehouse: he later said that at the time "I only had four jokes and they were really crap but I told the first one and got a huge laugh. I couldn't believe it. I thought, 'This is all right'".[4]

Television work[edit]

They Think It's All Over[edit]

Hurst got a break when he became the warm-up act for Have I Got News for You: producer Harry Thompson gave Hurst the opportunity to appear on the show as a guest.[4]

Hurst first became known to television viewers as a regular team member on the BBC Two comedy sports quiz They Think It's All Over. He appeared alongside David Gower in 42 episodes over the first six series, from the first episode on 14 September 1995 until 1998.[citation needed]

He reduced his TV appearances to allow more time for running his comedy club, Lee Hurst's Backyard Comedy Club.[1] He has returned for two appearances as a guest on They Think It's All Over towards the end of its run for series 17 in 2004, and for the 2011 Comic Relief 24 Hour Panel People.

Other television credits[edit]

Hurst's other TV credits include presenting Shark Tank, Salvage Squad and The Warehouse, and guest appearances on That's Showbusiness, The Stand Up Show and Have I Got News for You. He has also appeared as a regular panellist on Don't Give Up Your Day Job. He also fronted ITV's short-lived revival of the entertainment show Saturday Live.


Hurst was the creator of Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment, which ran for five series on Five between 1997 and 2000.

Conviction for criminal damage[edit]

Hurst pleaded guilty to criminal damage in February 2009 after an incident on 3 September 2008. He allegedly ran through the crowd at a stand-up comedy show he was performing at the Stoke Pub in Guildford, and snatched a mobile phone from a member of the audience, then took it on stage and hurled it to the floor. Hurst said that he did it out of anger, claiming that footage of his shows appear on websites such as YouTube.[5]

Hurst was fined £60, and ordered to pay compensation of £80 and £87 costs in February 2009.[6]


During the 1990s Hurst espoused left-wing politics: he refused to be interviewed by newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch, was a critic of the Blair government, and in one interview, stated that he stopped attending a back support group which helped him with his ankylosing spondylitis after he found out that it was run as a charity, explaining that "I believe it should be provided by the State through taxation. I'd be very hypocritical if I used their facilities when I won't do medical charity benefits".[4]

According to comments made by Hurst on his official Twitter account in 2014, he is a supporter of the UK Independence Party.[7]

He is now a supporter of Brexit, Tommy Robinson,[8][9][10] and critical of left-wing politics,[11][12][13] the UN,[14][15][16] feminism[17][18] and Sadiq Khan.[19][20][21]

Stand-up videos[edit]

  • Live (3 November 1997)
  • Live at the Backyard Comedy Club (16 November 1998)


  1. ^ a b c d "Comedian's mayoral ambition". BBC News. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Lee Hurst's comedy club to be demolished ...but replaced with something nicer". chortle.co.uk. May 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Probe into arthritis pain". BBC News. 24 August 2002. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  4. ^ a b c Lawrence, Janie (2 November 1997). "You think they're all lads". The Independent. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Lee Hurst smashes mobile phone during performance in 'YouTube' rage". The Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ "Comic Hurst fined for phone smash". United Kingdom: BBC News. 16 February 2009. Archived from the original on 29 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. Comedian Lee Hurst has been fined for smashing a mobile phone belonging to an audience member during a stand-up gig. Hurst, 46, who lives in Limehouse, east London, admitted a charge of criminal damage at Guildford Magistrates' Court. ... The former star of TV quiz They Think It's All Over was fined £60, and ordered to pay compensation of £80 and £87 costs.
  7. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (14 September 2014). "It's UKIP for me. I want out of the EU" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2018-03-28). "So Tommy Robinson's been taken off Twitter. When Twitter ends up as a large echo chamber full of the Daft Left, they'll spend 5 minutes congratulating each other and then an eternity fighting each other. It's gonna be fun" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2018-10-25). "So Peter Hain deliberately breaks a court injunction by using Parliamentary Privilege and that's that. Tommy Robinson does not break contempt of court rules and gets solitary confinement. Right, got that" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2018-11-23). "No matter what UKIP, Tommy Robinson, For Britain or just anybody who doesn't agree with the Herd Left and media do, they will be labelled as Far Right. On that basis they should just say (sarcastic voice) "Sure, we are." Ignore them and move on. #LeftHasDevlauedTheWordRacist" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2015-09-26). "@Anglian_Reed @roughyed1969 I am heartily sick of the 'modern' left. Surprised I wasn't called a racist. Dull dull people" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2019-01-11). "'Herd' Left will ban fun when they get in power, a bit like the Taliban" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2015-09-26). "This is another example of the moral bankruptcy of the 'modern' left" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2019-01-11). "The UN is now as bent as the EU" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2017-04-23). "The UN is over. Pathetic beyond belief" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2018-05-18). "Perhaps he could raise the jailing Turkish journalists whilst he's at it. The UN... A big old jolly boys club for dictators to legitimise their dictatorships" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2016-05-22). "Hardline feminists campaign to drop 'man' from 'woman'. They now simply want to be referred to as tedious" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2012-03-01). "The TaxMAN. One of the few terms that feminists don't argue about or want any part of" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2019-01-01). "London - Stab City already on 2 dead and the year not one day old. Nice fireworks though Sadiq" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2016-05-10). "When is Sadiq going to start talking about London rather than everything else?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Hurst, Lee [@2010LeeHurst] (2019-01-01). "Duh... currently the entire British population in London are still EU citizens so I figure that's more than one million... unless Sadiq knows something we don't" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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