Lea was elected by the viewers of TV series "Stand Up Britain". Lea Roberts, from Halifax 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, 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 afield.
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.
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.
“I have organised a number of sporting dinners and golf days over the years with many varied personalities and comedians, but this was probably 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
“Just a quick note of thanks on behalf of everyone who was thoroughly entertained during Lea’s performance at Oulton Hall, 10th July 2012. We’ve 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.
“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 Ashwort, Red Alligator Group
“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.
"We booked Lea Roberts for our annual networking dinner with 90 + attendees earlier this month. Honestly, he was absolutely brilliant. His act was current and his personality was very endearing. Everyone was captivated and the audience participation was hilarious. It really set the tone for our two-day event and would highly recommend him. Thank you Big Foot Events for recommending him to us." - Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers