2005-11-22

Stats: Evans Beats Izzard's World Record

Comedian Mr.Lee Evans has set a world record for a solo act performing to the biggest comedy audience. Mr.Evans put on a show for 10_108 people at 'The Manchester Evening News Arena', breaking the previous record of 8_700, set by fellow comic Mr.Eddie Izzard. Mr.Evans grabbed the record while halfway through his 32-date nationwide tour.
When I started out 20 years ago I could never have imagined that I would be selling out more nights at Wembley than Coldplay,' said Mr.Evans.
Mr.Craig Glenday, editor of 'Guinness World Records', said: 'It's an incredible achievement to sell out these huge arenas night after night and he fully deserves his place in "The Guinness World Records books".' Mr.Evans first 'hit the big time' as a 'stand-up comedian' in 1993 when he won the prestigious 'Perrier Award' for comedy at 'The Edinburgh Festival'. Since then he has sold out increasingly larger venues. Evans has also shown his talent for acting with film roles in 'Mousehunt', 'There's Something About Mary' and 'Funny Bones'. He also voiced the character of 'The Train' in the recent movie version of 'The Magic Roundabout'. And Mr.Evans recently received an 'Olivier' nomination for his part as 'Leo Bloom' in the musical 'The Producers' on the 'West End stage'. 'Comic Evans breaks crowd record', BBC News, 2005/11/20 15:38:14 GMT

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