Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's a Show of Two Halves for Labouring Lee; Lee Evans Has a New Show on the Road and Brought It to Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena. KEIRAN SOUTHERN Saw It

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's a Show of Two Halves for Labouring Lee; Lee Evans Has a New Show on the Road and Brought It to Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena. KEIRAN SOUTHERN Saw It

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Byline: KEIRAN SOUTHERN

LEE Evans returned to the stage for the first time in three years but his Metro Arena show was, at times, more miss than hit.

Safe to say it was a gig of two halves, with a laboured opening saved, and then some by a much-improved second part.

Evans was bringing his Monster tour to Newcastle, his first since the 2011 sell out Roadrunner.

The Bristol-born comedian is now 50 years old. Perhaps it was that, combined with the three-year break from the stage, which contributed to his slow start.

Jokes about glamour model Jordan - now known better as Katie Price - seemed hopelessly out of date and pointed to a man who was fighting to stay relevant.

Only Evans's charisma and energy prevented the show from sinking at this point. And then an excellent second half arrived.

He blitzed through the rest of the evening, with his trademark mixture of witty writing and physical exuberance delivering laugh after laugh. …

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