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Lee Hurst (comedian)

For the Coventry City footballer, see Lee Hurst (footballer).
Lee Hurst
Born 1962 (age 51–52)
Tower Hamlets, London, England[1]
Nationality British
Notable works and roles They Think It's All Over

Lee Hurst (born 1962) is an English stand-up comedian.[1] He is perhaps best known as a panellist on the comedy sports quiz They Think It's All Over, where he was a regular from 1995 to 1998.

In 1999, Hurst was voted no. 48 in Company magazine's "100 Millennium Men" – tagged as a list of 'The Sexiest Men of the Century'.[2]

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 club demolished.[1]

After his comedy club, Lee Hurst's Backyard Comedy Club, closed in November 2007, it since reopened under the name The FymFygBar, with Hurst compèring most Saturday evenings. Lee Hurst also had a brief stint as the resident compère of Southend-on-Sea based 'Funny Bunnys Comedy Club.'

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


Television work

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.

In his 1997 stand-up tour, he openly admitted to not knowing anything about football, but is a supporter of East London football club West Ham United.

He reduced his TV appearances to allow more time for running his comedy club, Lee Hurst's Backyard Comedy Club[1] (which closed in November 2007). 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 Comic Relief 24 Hour Panel People Special on 6 March 2011.

Other television credits

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, which included comedians such as Alan Parker, Urban Warrior and Harry Hill.


Hurst has also written for other comedians. He was one of a number of writers for a one-off programme, in 1984, featuring David Copperfield, The Copperfield Comedy Company.[5]

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

Radio work

On radio, Hurst has guested on The Steve Wright Show, Euromix, Two Men and a Transmitter and The Robert Elms Show. He was team captain on Hold The Front Page. He also presented Wriggling with Eels, a study of Cockney comedians for BBC Radio 4.[6]

Awards Hosting

Hurst also enjoys work as an awards host, his agency JLA state he has "hosted awards ceremonies for the travel, IT, printing, commercial vehicle and, perhaps surprisingly, the beauty industry."[7]

Conviction for criminal damage

Hurst pleaded guilty to criminal damage in February 2009 after an incident in September[8] or December[9] 2008. He allegedly raced 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. Screaming "I’m fed up with you fucking people filming me and putting it on YouTube.”

Hurst was fined £60, and ordered to pay compensation of £80 and £87 costs in February 2009.[10]

Stand-Up videos

  • Live (3 November 1997)
  • Live At The Backyard Comedy Club (16 November 1998)


External links

  • Lee Hurst's 'Backyard Comedy Club' website
  • Internet Movie Database
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