Lee Hurst: Too Scared To Leave The House (but he's coming to South Hill Park anyway)
Published: 3 Feb 2013 07:300 comments
Lee Hurst is Too Scared To Leave The House.
Well, not really, but that's the name of his new show, and he's interested in the apocalyse scenarios that might make one prefer hiding under a rug on the sofa to facing the outside world. The Mayan 'prophecy', bird flu, mad cow disease... Lee believes in facing your fears - and making 'em funny.
"It was originally to be called The End Of The World Tour, but the title was used elsewhere. Next I called it Whatever Happened To Acid Rain?, but my mates weren't keen on that one so I ended up with this title," explained the down-to-earth comedian, who got his comedy break on comedy sports quiz, They Think It's All Over, and has embarked on a comparatively rare 50+ date UK tour with Too Scared...
So, what is Lee's favourite end-of-the-world scenario? Eschewing zombies, huge volcano eruptions or earthquakes, Lee chose a rather more immediate topic.
"Global warming. I think it's a load of nonsense designed to create new industries - mostly admin. I believe the British Government loves it in order to convince the UK population to go nuclear because we won't be able to hit our carbon emissions targets, nothing more. If there was such a thing as global warming then the way to tackle it would be to stop overpopulating the planet, but they don't think that so I don't think me recycling my 'Don't Forget To Recycle' leaflet will have much impact."
Despite the Mayan prophecy being a bit of a damp squib, apocalypse-wise, Lee has found that his show has evolved since he first took it on the road back in September, and the response had mostly been, ahem, warm.
"Every tour I've ever done ends up including things that happen along the way. I think it's the same for most comics," said Lee. "When you're on a tour it forms a big part of your life so those are the experiences you're having at that time. Not everything ends up in the show though. The bodies in the boot of the car for instance, they rarely get a mention.
"On the whole the response has been very good. Except for the one night where they were making a wicker man before I even set foot on the stage. Fortunately they were prevented from lighting it because of local carbon emissions targets."
Lee will be at South Hill Park, Bracknell, on Wednesday, March 6. Tickets cost £15 from www.southhillpark.org.uk or call 01344 484123.