Preview: Simon Brodkin is back and 100% himself

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Leicester Comedy Festival may be over but the great shows keep on coming. Next up, Simon Brodkin at the Y Theatre on Sunday 8 March. You might know him better as Lee Nelson, but now he’s back… as himself!

Yes, after three hugely successful BBC series as the irrepressible Lee Nelson and gaining international notoriety as a serial prankster, Simon unveils his funniest creation yet… himself! 100% Simon Brodkin sees him performing out of character for the very first time. In this honest, heartfelt show, Simon takes us from his childhood growing up on the “mean streets” of Hampstead Garden Suburb, via an adulthood as an out-of-his-depth doctor and inept parent, to someone who was ill-prepared for the torrent of antisemitic hatred he received from the Ku Klux Klan after pranking Donald Trump.

Surrounding President Donald Trump with a hundred swastika-emblazoned golf balls as he opened his Turnberry golf resort was just one of Simon’s many world-famous stunts. Others you may remember include handing Prime Minister Theresa May a P45 during her Conservative Party Conference speech, showering disgraced FIFA President Sepp Blatter with bank notes, re-christening Sir Philip Green’s hundred-million pound yacht “BHS Destroyer”, joining Kanye West on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, and fooling Simon Cowell and the other judges to win four ‘yeses’ on Britain’s Got Talent, as an ultra-orthodox ‘Rapping Rabbi’!

As well as writing and starring in Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People (both BBC Three), Simon has performed and hosted as Lee on Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV), The John Bishop Christmas Show (BBC One), Children In Need (BBC One) and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala.

100% Simon Brodkin is a welcome evolution ★★★★ Jay Richardson, The Scotsman

As a traditional, timeless stand-up show, this hits plenty of bullseyes ★★★★ Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke 

Brodkin is talented, smart and sharp Sharon Lougher, Metro

His show proves that Brodkin has no need for the trappings of character to deliver a thoroughly entertaining show Steve Bennett, Chortle

Funny, smart and unexpected… this show proves that Simon Brodkin no longer needs to hide behind characters and stunts to be funny ★★★★ Elliot Gonzales, I Talk Telly

 

Tickets for Simon’s show at The Y Theatre on Sunday 8 March on sale now from the Y Theatre website.