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article imageReview: Comedian Lee Evans entertains London Special

By Tim Sandle     Nov 23, 2014 in Entertainment
London - Funny man Lee Evans played a farewell gig at London's Wembley Arena this month. After entertaining a capacity crowd of 12,500 people, Evans announced that he was retiring from stand-up comedy.
Lee Evans is a British stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and musician. He has been touring on and off for 20 years, performing a brand of stand-up and expressionist comedy. Evans is also an actor, appearing in the movies Mouse Hunt, There's Something About Mary and The Fifth Element.
Evans is currently presenting and performing in his Monsters tour. Digital Journal attended his final performance in London, U.K., at Wembley and watched a frenetic performance by the the manic Duracell bunny comic.
On display at the London performance was Evans' unique brand of loud, hot, sweaty, energetic stage performances and physical observational comedy. Lee ratted through routine after routine, taking on hotels that are not cleaned properly; the problem of driving over traffic calming measures; the difficulties of attending parties. Although many things caught his ire, especially pompous people and bureaucrats, his best comedy has a heart and much features his wife. While funny, there is a sentimentality that shades into kitsch but it rarely rings insincere.
A capacity crowd get ready for Lee Evans to appear on stage at Wembley Area  in London  U.K.
A capacity crowd get ready for Lee Evans to appear on stage at Wembley Area, in London, U.K.
As a finale, Evans played a special song that he had composed for his wife. He then reprized one of his "greatest hits", a "translation in French" of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Finishing on a high, he then announced that this was his last ever stand-up performance and he was giving up touring in order to spend more time with his family.
Evans has also admitted that he has a problem fighting depression. According to The Guardian, he said recently: "I get very gloomy and dark, very deep and depressed." What brings it on, he said, is “being criticized. Because then I don’t feel worthy and slope off on my own.”
An emotional end to a superb night and a classic performance. Best wishes, Mr. Evans.
Here is an earlier version of Evans' Bohemian Rhapsody.
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