The creation of comedian Simon Brodkin, Lee Nelson rose to fame as the chav-tastic South London geezer on BBC3’s hit Well Good Show. Packed with killer gags and cringe-making audience interaction, this new live show will add to a varied CV for Brodkin, who is in fact a qualified medical doctor, stood (in character as Lee Nelson) in the 2013 South Shields by-election, and famously got arrested for running onto the pitch at Goodison Park and attempting to warm up with Manchester City ahead of a Premier League match with Everton (this time in character as gaffe-prone footie star Jason Bent).
James Kettle for The Guardian had this praise for Brodkin:
“The recent controversy that engulfed Daniel O’Reilly – otherwise known as Dapper Laughs – shows the danger of engaging in character-based prank comedy when you don’t really know what you’re doing. That’s not a problem for Simon Brodkin. He honed his persona as eternally upbeat, colossally clueless geezer Lee Nelson for years on the circuit before getting a deserved TV break. There’s a resulting calm assurance to his comedy… swapping his traditional baseball cap and upturned collar for a smoother, slicker, and, dare we say it, more dapper look.”
Catch him doing his thing on 20 March, tickets are £16.