The Life of Lee by Lee Evans

Lee Evans is one of my favourite comedians. Actually, he’s my ONLY favourite comedian; he’s the only stand-up comedian I actually watch. I can’t remember when I started watching him, but I’ve watched all of his DVDs, with XL being a particular favourite. I watched Road Runner recently, and that was just as good. I like his jokes, his brand of humour, the way he sweats A LOT. So when I saw he was releasing his autobiography, I was thrilled!

Although his autobiography is titled The Life of Lee, it should come with a subtitle that it only covers Lee’s childhood and teenage years. Because that’s all it covers. I did find that disappointing; I wanted to learn more about Lee’s career, and I rather suspect that next Christmas we will probably see a second Lee Evans autobiography (not that I’m complaining). 

It may not have been what I was expecting, but it’s still a good read. Not perfect, and it was sometimes a bit repetitive, but I learnt a lot about Lee, things I didn’t know. I know he’s been with his wife for ages and made a faux pax the first time they met (well, it was the second time, really) and I know he’s an awesome comedian (obviously) but I didn’t know that Lee didn’t know he was going to be a comedian, that Lee always felt like the odd one out, growing up on the Lawrence Weston estate, that he and his family moved around a lot making Lee feel even more ostracised. Lee spends a lot of the novel putting himself down, calling himself stupid and an idiot, and all of that, and it is kind of sad. You see him on stage, entertaining thousands and it is hard to see the Lee we read about in the book as the same one on stage. That they’re the same two people. 

Lee talks a lot about life on the Lawrence Weston estate, how he met his wife, how they moved to Scarborough and, eventually, how Lee got to life on stage. But his struggles were so sad to read about. You see how successful he is now, but the way he struggled when he left college and as he struggled to find a job, any job, to support himself and Heather was just so touching and sad. You will learn a lot about Lee from reading the book, even if it only scratches the surface of Lee’s life. I look forward to the next edition, because I really now want to know more about Lee’s rise to fame, because it seems as if it was epic!

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