When Lea was elected by the viewers of TV series “Stand Up
Britain as outright winner, comedy had a new star. Lea had
however been working as a stand up for many years but
finally got his big break when he scooped the title, trophy and
a 1st prize of £7000 on the live final screened by ITV1 in
October 2002. Lea was up against 6 other comedians from
the 144 who started in the competition, and winning the final
with 75% of the total vote, including first place in London,
North West, and Yorkshire regions.
With a sporting background (following retirement from
professional rugby league (playing for Halifax RLFC), he still
coaches a local rugby club) Lea is a well known face on the
after dinner circuit in and around the North of England, and
has worked with numerous sporting celebrities, and following
his success on Stand Up Britain is now beginning to carve out
a career further a field.
Lea’s comedy is traditional Northern humour, but with a more
modern approach; Lea was runner up in the Cup A Soup
Comedy challenge in 2000, where the heats were held in
various Yates’s Lodges across the country, before finally
playing at the Comedy Club in London, proving his
adaptability. 2004 sees him appear on the ITV variety show
“That’s Entertainment” with a host of other well known
One of the few comedians able to work in both “mainstream”
and “alternative” environments. Offering a traditional stand up
act, Lea appeals to audiences young and old, with an adult,
yet inoffensive and clean speech.
ITV “Stand Up Britain” outright winner, 2002
We’ve had nothing but excellent feedback from all our team on Lea’s ability to deliver humour to a mixed
audience who, although from all over the UK, certainly understood the importance of pints by the end of the
night. We thought Lea pitched his act perfectly and we will use Lea again in the future.
Andy Shaw, Director of Operations, McDonalds Restaurants
Can you convey my thanks to Lea who worked extremely hard on the night and went down an absolute treat
with the 240 guests in the marquee. I have no hesitation in recommending Lea to work for any Wooden Spoon
functions throughout the UK.
Graham Read, Wooden Spoon, Lancashire West
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation for your professional performance at the Mansfield Dinner
on Friday night. The event was an outstanding success and I have had very positive feedback from members
and that is in no small part made possible by yourself in your excellent performance
Sue Hunter, National Fedaration of Builders
Many thanks for your performance. The feedback has been excellent. You not only entertained the audience but
on a personal note, you were first class company during the evening.
Alan Wintersgill, Bingley Rotary Club, Annual Charity Dinner
“Lea Roberts was great at a recent awards dinner for Hull businesses. His routine is fresh and genuinely funny. People were still smiling long after he’d left. He’s also a really nice bloke!”
Neil Hodgkinson, Editor-in-Chief, Trinity Mirror Hull. April 2017
“I booked Lea to entertain at my 50th birthday party. We had a chat a couple of days before the party. He was so personable and professional, he put me at ease and I felt I had known him for ages. On the night he said he wanted to make the evening really special and he definitely did. He pitched his act perfectly for my crowd. It was so lovely to see all my friends and family laughing together, the atmosphere in the room was great. We all had a fabulous evening and I had so many lovely messages afterwards. I couldn’t have wished the evening to have gone any better ! I would highly recommend Lea.”
Jane, Isle of Wight. November 2016
“Just a quick email to say thanks for providing a sensational comic for our Sportsmans’ Dinner. Lea Roberts is one of the best comedians we’ve had (and we’ve had a lot!) His Hillbilly joke brought the house down and his clean and very funny humour had all the audience in stitches. His input, beyond his slot, was invaluable and he is definitely not one of those comics who is there for his 45 minutes and offers nothing else. A fantastic night and raised loads of money. Thank you Lea.”
D Willets, Greenmount CC. July 2016
“I have organised a number of sporting dinners and golf days over the years with many varied personalities and comedians, but this was without doubt the best act I have seen. The feedback we have had since the event has been superb, everyone commenting on your performance.”
Russ Green, Chief Executive, Newcastle United F.C. April 2016
“Just a quick note of thanks on behalf of everyone who was thoroughly entertained during Lea’s performance at Oulton Hall. We had excellent feedback from all our Team on Lea’s ability to deliver humour to a mixed audience who, although from all over the UK, certainly understood the importance of pints by the end of the night! Lea pitched his act perfectly and I’m sure we will use him again in the future.”
Andy Shaw, Director of Operations, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd. March 2015
“Ive had the pleasure of working with Lea on many occasions. I recommend him to clients for Sports Dinners through to Corporate Events. He never lets me down, clients always thank me for proposing him and he leaves the room wanting more. Great clean, cheeky humour, he is also good company for any top table”.
Andrew Ashworth, Red Alligator Group. February 2015
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lea at my sporting dinners on many occasions during the last few years. As a former professional sportsman, he is remarkably self-deprecating with his humour, in a style that easily wins over my corporate audiences which always, incidentally, include business ladies.
In short, Lea is an extremely confident and versatile performer who never takes risks with his audience and, in my experience has never failed to deliver the very best in after-dinner entertainment.”
David J Duckham MBE – Managing Director, The Southern Sporting Clubs Ltd. December 2014