Lee Evans, comedian and actor, 50
I have an innate interest in people. When someone tells me something, I want to keep asking them questions about it.
I love getting in front of a crowd.
Have you ever been on a night out with a very good mate and found that you’re on precisely the same wavelength? The other night on stage, I had exactly that feeling.
I was laughing and the audience were laughing too. We’d found common ground, and that was brilliant. I said to them, ‘We all rode a wave together there. That’s what this evening’s about.’ That got a round of applause’. I love that connection.
People know what I do. They say to themselves, ‘We’ll go and see Lee live because we understand him’. That’s a great feeling.
I feel I’m running out of time. I find I don’t have enough time to do things these days.
I can’t wait to perform in arenas again. When I was starting out, people said that arenas were too big.
But I think you can still have a great night in an arena. It’s a real event. It’s a night out. It’s the whole thing.
It’s not just about the comedy – it’s about the music, the lighting, and the set design. All of those things can make you feel a certain way. I want to reach the very back of the arena with this show – that’s what it’s about. It’s about doing a big, sod-off gig that touches everyone in the venue.
I do love talking to people, and they always seem to want to chat to me.
Whenever I meet my mates in the pub, they’re always hacked off about something. They say to me, ‘I’ve just had someone round to unblock my drains – it’s been a nightmare.’ And I think, ‘Tell me more – this is potential comedy gold’.
The other day a neighbour was telling me he had been sleeping really well. He had bought a new gadget for the bedroom that makes water sounds to help you go to sleep. But a few days later, he told me he was fed up because he had to keep getting up in the night to have a pee.
As I get older, I’m getting angrier because I think things are wasting my time. ‘I haven’t got time to wait for this bus or that plane or that delivery from Parcel Force or queue in the supermarket’.
The older you are, the more things get on your nerves.
Noise pollution, people chatting too loudly on planes, annoying people on TV shows – ‘What on earth is that idiot doing on my telly? I don’t know who they are, and they’re appearing on celebrity TV shows!’
What’s the point of plastic surgery? It makes you look like an alien!
When fans come to your gig, you can’t give them a half-arsed show. I can’t be doing with that. When they pay 30 pounds, which is the price of a round of drinks, I want them to have a real laugh.
They keep saying that I should put up the prices. But I know the audience work their backsides off all week to pay for the tickets, and I don’t want to charge too much for them.
I strive to create a show where the audience is hurting from laughing so much. I don’t particularly care for comedy where the audiences clap politely at the end and say, ‘That was all right’.
I aim to put on a show where people say, ‘I really, really enjoyed that. For three hours, I forgot about all the rubbish going on in the rest of my life.’ I want them to come out afterwards saying, ‘Wow!’