IAN 'SLUDGE' LEES - BRILLIANT COMIC
In the 70s, Ian was lead vocalist with two of the top comedy showgroups of the era – THE MONTANAS and LIGHT FANTASTIC. In the late 70s Ian went solo as a stand-up comedian and quickly shot to fame with three award-winning performances on NEW FACES. He was twice voted MIDLANDS COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR and came runner up to Tom O’Connor in the CLUB MIRROR AWARDS. Ian then became a regular member of the popular TV show Tiswas and this was followed by regular TV appearances throughout the 80s and 90s on such programmes as THE COMEDIANS, SUMMERTIME SPECIAL, LIVE FROM HER MAJESTYS, THE PATTER MERCHANTS, DO I NOT LIKE THAT etc.
SUMMER SEASONS include Blackpool Central Pier, Pontins, Butlins, Haven, West Park Pavilion Jersey, Festival Pavilion Skegness, Blackpool South Pier/Winter Gardens, Thomson Hotels in Spain, Corfu, Rhodes and the Balearics, Airtours cruises and Choice Hotels Blackpool.
VIDEOS include THE COMEDIANS and TISWAS. He has also performed on board many of the world’s most luxurious cruise liners. Ian is currently much in demand both as a cabaret act and also as an accomplished after dinner speaker specialising in sporting functions particularly his personal favourites, soccer and golf. Ian is also a member of the Comedians Golfing Society. ‘Sludge’ as he is known in the business, is best summed up in the following:
“Fantastic. Very original, immediate impact …. He’s an incredibly funny man, he has a marvellous technique…..very tasteful, one of the funniest men I’ve seen for a long time.” DANNY LA RUE.
“Comedy came next in the safe and capable hands of Ian’ Sludge’ Lees – what a terrific entertainer, he had the whole house literally falling about …. Very original stand-up patter and side-splitting visual comedy sketches….55
minutes of terrific audience related comedy and not a blue gag in sight.” BARRY BALMAYNE, THE STAGE.