Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy: ‘This is it’

Perennially popular stand-up says he wants to spend more time with his wife and daughter

Lee Evans has announced that he is retiring from comedy at the end of his current tour – so he can spend more time with his family.

The 50-year-old stand-up comedian and actor breaks the news during an interview on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show that will air tomorrow night (November 22).

When Ross calls Evans “a remarkable force of comedy” and asks how long he intends to carry on, the stand-up replies: “I am 50. I am frigging knackered. This is it. Finished. This is the end. I am not doing anything.”

Explaining his decision to step back from the comedy scene, Evans said: “My dad always said to me, ‘You have got to work,’ so I constantly worked and did comedy tours. And I think I have ignored for far too long my missus. And I want to spend a lot more time with her. I am going to go and see my wife, be home and say ‘I’m yours’.

Continuing, Evans also says that he hopes to spend more time with his teenage daughter, Mollie, because he worked so much when she was a child.

“I have had to say to my little Mo (Mollie), ‘I can’t go to the school play as I have got to do this work’. But now I can be with little Mo and do the things that we never did when we were kids,” Evans explained.

Evans’ latest hit stand-up tour – titled ‘Monsters’ – began in August and will draw to a close at the end of this month (November), having taken in 65 arena dates across the UK and Ireland. During his career, Evans has also appeared in films including There’s Something About Mary and MouseHunt, on TV in Doctor Who, and made stage appearances in West End revivals of The Dumb Waiter and The Producers.