|Birth name||Lee Hurst|
16 October 1962|
Tower Hamlets, London, England
|Notable works and roles||They Think It's All Over|
Lee Hurst (born 16 October 1962) is an English comedian.
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.
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'".
They Think It's All Over
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.
He reduced his TV appearances to allow more time for running his comedy club, Lee Hurst's Backyard Comedy Club. 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
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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.
- Have I Got News for You: two appearances in 1994 and 1995
- 1996 Saturday Live: 6 episodes
- 2002 Salvage Squad: series 1
- The Wright Stuff: three runs, in March 2012, November 2014 and February 2015
Conviction for criminal damage
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.
Hurst was fined £60, and ordered to pay compensation of £80 and £87 costs in February 2009.
According to comments made by Hurst on his official Twitter account in 2014, he is a supporter of the UK Independence Party. 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".
- Live (3 November 1997)
- Live at the Backyard Comedy Club (16 November 1998)
- "Comedian's mayoral ambition". BBC News. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
- "Lee Hurst's comedy club to be demolished ...but replaced with something nicer". chortle.co.uk. May 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
- "Probe into arthritis pain". BBC News. 24 August 2002. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
- Lawrence, Janie (2 November 1997). "You think they're all lads". The Independent. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- "Lee Hurst smashes mobile phone during performance in 'YouTube' rage". The Daily Telegraph.
- "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.
- @2010LeeHurst (14 September 2014). "It's UKIP for me. I want out of the EU" (Tweet) – via Twitter.