When I’m Prime Minister, Norwich and Ipswich will share capital city status pledges comedian Lee Nelson
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Lee Nelson - aka world famous prankster Simon Brodkin - has stolen the spotlight from Kanye West and British Prime Minister Theresa May among others. The only stage he’s invading this time is his own with new stand-up tour Serious Joker.
Q: You’re playing Cambridge Junction tomorrow and Norwich Playhouse November 29-30...
I love it in that neck of the woods, there’s very little else to do so people keep coming back for my shows. It’s the second leg of the tour, smashing it out the park. It’s all out fun, loads of good banter, loads of good jokes, getting a nice variety of people all ages. I had a 12-year-old in last night, that’s rare; an 81-year-old - I don’t know how much of the show she heard but I don’t care, I got her £20.
Q: You’re not causing any more trouble...
Occasionally, I had to stop touring for a little bit actually because I wasn’t very well. I caught a very bad cough off the Prime Minister (he recently pranked Theresa May, handing her a fake P45 during her speech at the Tory party conference. Other stunts include renaming Sir Philip Green’s luxury yacht and storming Kanye West’s Glastonbury set).
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Corn fields will occasionally give you a buzz, if you’re going to act like a nutter and run through them there will be repercussions. Just say no, if there are any impressionable kids reading this don’t do it. If you’ve got a wheat allergy you could well die. What a way to go, doing what you love most with the Prime Minister waving next to you.
The only stage I’m invading at the moment is my very own. Admittedly it’s not the pyramid stage in front of 200,000 people and it’s not broadcast live on BBC1 but it’s b****y funny - that’s what counts.
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Q: You briefly stood as a candidate in the 2013 South Shields by-election; any plans to stand again...
I was going to raise the safe number of units you could drink every week for men and women, for a start... I haven’t looked at them policies for years. The BBC stopped me from doing it. You’re not allowed to stand for election if you’re on the telly.
I’m not going to say anything, but you might be talking to the future leader of this country. I feel my family has given me the perfect background. My dad’s had an harassment claim made against him and my mum used to embezzle funds from her place of work. I’m saying I’ve done 12 gigs, I’ve only done about 10 but I’m just putting that down for expenses.
If we can get your paper behind it, I feel it’s going to mushroom. I would probably make Norwich the capital... doesn’t that feel right? You know what, I’m going to do Norwich for six months, Ipswich for five and then I’m just going to throw it around a month at a time, share capital city status. I would love Donald Trump (who Lee pranked by handing out golf balls bearing swastikas while the US president visited his Trump Turnberry resort) to meet with the Prime Minister and the Queen in Café Nero’s in Ipswich Bus Station.
Stunting people will be a bit less of a challenge... he’s a wally isn’t he, Donald Trump. I was with Clinton, she makes some great cards. That’s what’s nice about the show, there’s a lot of love for everybody.
Q: Tell me about Serious Joker...
I’m not going to say you’re going to leave the theatre going ‘well, that’s a lesson learnt’. The first half of the tour is about me family. I had a new baby. We were doing a Posh and Becks and name ‘em where we done it. We had Stairwell, Clio, Nina, she was in the back of a police car; and we just had George, conceived in the back of Asda.
When you become a dad it makes you assess what your own dad did. I fully understand why he left us now. I talk about me missus, we did split which was tough, a lot of arguments over the kids, ‘I don’t want ‘em’, ‘I don’t want ‘em either’.
The second half, there’s good interaction; chatting to the crowd. More talking more about the world. A little bit about Brexit - I voted leave but I regret it, I thought they was asking us about Scotland.
I’ve been going around the world doing a few gigs here and there, opening my mind up. I went to India for a one-off gig which was amazing. It was unbelievable, like a different world. I had a bit of a spiritual experience in India, I managed to track down the bloke who deals with the landline problems...
Making a few hundred people laugh every night couldn’t be sweeter and I’ve just had a few month old baby so to get away from him every night is a result.