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Serious Joker Lee Nelson Confirms Date at Middlesbrough Theatre

AFTER a year that has seen him make the acquaintance of some of the world’s most newsworthy and least likable human beings including Donald Trump, Sepp Blatter and Sir Philip ‘BHS destroyer’ Green, Simon Brodkin will embark on his next nationwide tour as Lee Nelson in 2017 with his brand new stand-up show Serious Joker.

The acclaimed character comedian will kick off the tour on February 22, with a further 52 other dates around the country, including a performance at Middlesbrough Theatre on Friday, May 5.

2015 saw Simon create one of the year’s most iconic images when, as Premier League footballer Jason Bent, he showered disgraced FIFA President Sepp Blatter in bank notes at the organisation’s headquarters in Zurich, live on TV in front of world’s press.

The incident made the front pages of the Times, Telegraph, Guardian and Independent in the UK, as well as countless headlines around the world.

So far this year Simon has delivered Donald Trump his custom-made swastika- emblazoned golf balls during a televised press conference, helped Volkswagen fit the latest in emissions-cheating technology to their new car at the Geneva International Motor Show, and helped Sir Philip Green rechristen his £100 million yacht as the ‘BHS Destroyer’.

Previously Simon has joined Kanye West onstage during the rapper‘s headline set at Glastonbury, gate-crashed a prime-time Saturday night broadcast of The X Factor (ITV), and joined the England football team ahead of their flight to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

A documentary following Simon’s stunts will air on Channel 4 later this year.

On TV Simon has written and starred in Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People on BBC Three. As Lee he has hosted and twice appeared as a guest on Live at the Apollo (BBC One), and has also performed on shows including Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV) and The John Bishop Christmas Show (BBC One), as well as releasing a live stand-up DVD.

In 2015/16 Simon toured the country as Lee with his show Suited & Booted, his fourth sell-out nationwide stand-up tour.

Simon’s additional TV credits include Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, Absolutely Fabulous (BBC One), and Children In Need (BBC One).

He has taken six solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Newcomer.

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