Lee Evans announces he is retiring from comedy
Lee Evans has announced that he is retiring from comedy.
Evans, who is 50, has been a successful touring comedian since the early 1990s and has also starred in musicals and a number of TV shows.
Speaking in an interview with Jonathan Ross to be broadcast this weekend, the comedian has said he is retiring to spend more time with his wife when his current stand-up tour ends.
Asked about his future plans, the comedian said: "This is it. I ain’t doing nothing. I’m going to go and see my wife, I’m going to give her a big hug and said, ‘I am yours’. And I know what’ll happen – in a week [she’ll say], ‘Get out, you’re getting on my nerves!” But I’ve said to her, ‘Look, love, I’m really sorry that I’m always away’. I’m a nightmare to live with because I’m always working."
He continued: "I don’t know. I’ve come to a junction in my life where – please forgive me if it sounds very narcissistic – I’ve done musicals and play and films and stand-up and you sort of get to a point where you go, ‘I don’t know what else to do next’. I started off cleaning toilets when I was a kid and I've had loads of jobs and I just kept working and working and working. My dad always said to us, 'You've got to work', so I've just continuously worked - done comedy, toured - but I've ignored, I think for far too long, my missus. And I want to spend a lot more time with her."
Evans also said that the death of his manager Addison Cresswell had contributed to his decision to retire.
Evans' new DVD Monsters Live was released on Monday (November 17th), it is his ninth live stand-up DVD.