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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Preview: Lee Kyle: Folly on tour


Lee Kyle: Folly

At the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, Lee Kyle got a really nice review.  The bit that stuck in his mind was that 'It would be good to see him find more of his audience'.

"Yeah" he thought "It bloody would!"

So, in a moment of madness, he has decided to bite off more than he can chew and  has booked a 30+ date national tour, as an attempt to answer the question "What happens if you do a tour while not actually being famous?"
Then, as if that wasn't enough, he is ending the tour with a gig in a 400 seat theatre in his home town.

He'll also be recording a documentary as he goes, while hoping not to regret it.

He's good by the way, should have probably have said that earlier.  He's done a bit of telly and radio but nothing you'll have seen, which is a good thing really or the whole point of the tour won't have made sense.

He had a book out last year, that was in the top ten comedians books on Amazon UK and led to almost no raising of his profile.  His podcast with Sammy Dobson (From BBCs Boy Meets Girl (Yep, she's better known)) is called Which Is The Best? and is funny and is liked by people who like it.
Described by the BBC as a "top up-and-coming comedy performer", Lee Kyle has spent much of his life on a never ending quest to never have a proper job. 

He was in an all male Spice Girls tribute act before spending a decade as a professional wrestler where he became the champion of the Northeast of England.  The fact that it was him who decided who won that title does nothing to diminish his achievement.

Managing the difficult trick of being both odd and relatable, his jokes veer between the clever and the silly and deliver more than their fair share of belly laughs.  He is an in demand comedian and compere with a sharp wit and bags of likeability that can thrive in any environment.

His book ‘Spandex Ballet – How I Wasted My Twenties Wrestling’ was the top selling wrestling book on Amazon UK for a time and reached as high as eighth in the comedy book chart.

He has written for Radio 4 and appeared on BBC Radio's Jesting About as well as 4 Extra's ‘Ross Noble’s Newcastle’ and wrote and starred in a sketch for ITV's coverage of the Rugby World Cup and CBBC's Wolfblood premiere. 
He has a sideline in comedy for kids, hosting the monthly show at The Stand in Newcastle (Among many others) as well as hosting his touring game show ‘Gunge – A Show With Gunge In It’.  Christmas 2017 has seen him play Muddles in pantomime in the Alun Armstrong theatre in Stanley.  He is the first to admit that it’s odd for someone with an alternative style to have worked with Jedward and Sweep…

He hosts the successful 'Which is the Best?' podcast and has a Youtube video with 3 million views, on which most of the comments are from Americans telling him they can't understand his accent.

He isn’t famous.

On The Web:
Twitter @imleekyle
The Tour
4th January The Chillingham - HEATON Online Ticket Link from our affiliate See Tickets
10th January Mr Ants - HEXHAM
17th January Bubbles - ASHINGTON
18th January Surf Cafe - TYNEMOUTH Online Ticket Link from our affiliate See Tickets
21st January The Quills - ROCHESTER
22nd January The Jolly Sailor - CANTERBURY Online Ticket Link from our affiliate See Tickets
23rd January The Junkyard Dog - BRIGHTON Online Ticket Link from our affiliate See Tickets
24th January Whistle Trago - HASTINGS Online Ticket Link from our affiliate See Tickets
25th January Arden Theatre - FAVERSHAM
28th January The Railway - GATESHEAD Online Ticket Link from our affiliate See Tickets
12th February Hollybush - CRADLEY HEATH Online Ticket Link from our affiliate See Tickets
13th February Black Horse Laughter Loft - LEICESTER
18th January Bilton Hall - JARROW Online Ticket Link from our affiliate See Tickets
22nd February Kardomah '94 - HULL
24th February Alun Armstrong Theatre - STANLEY
25th February Cumberland Arms - OUSEBURN Tickets:LINK
1st March The Junkyard - HAMILTON
9th March Independent - SUNDERLAND Tickets: LINK
11th March Westgarth - MIDDLESBROUGH 
17th March The Exchange - NORTH SHIELDS Tickets: LINK
26th March Old Well Inn - BARNARD CASTLE Online Ticket Link from our affiliate See Tickets
28th March Gateshead Rugby Club - LOW FELL Online Ticket LINK from our affiliate See Tickets.
11th April Stand Comedy Club - EDINBURGH
17th April Stand Comedy Club - NEWCASTLE Tickets: LINK
24th April The Room - DUMFRIES
3rd May Hemelvaart Bier Cafe - AYTON
24th May Old English Gentleman - DARLINGTON
25th May Arts Centre - WASHINGTON
26th May Hot Water Comedy - LIVERPOOL
16th June Laurel & Hardy Museum - ULVERSTON
18th June Stand Comedy Club - GLASGOW
21st June Customs House - SOUTH SHIELDS



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