Julian has been many things in his life: a Data Analyst in the RAF, a barman, a kiss-a-gram, a bouncer, a Sales Manager, a Club Promoter, a DJ, a shoe shop salesman, a performance poet, a call centre worker and a Maths Teacher. And they’re just the things we’re legally allowed to print. Throughout all of that he’s always been a funny man.
For years he’d make up daft little jokes to amuse friends and acquaintances, but mostly to keep himself entertained. After an initial disastrous gig in the 90s, fuelled by alcohol and cheap chemicals, supporting Simon Pegg and Rich Hall – that’s quite the debut gig – he avoided comedy for close to twenty years. It was inevitable he would return to try his hand again at stand-up and thankfully this time his return was a little less chaotic and maturely handled.
Since returning to comedy Julian has featured on BBC1, Radio 4 and BBC Newcastle. He’s taken a show to Edinburgh, also called Jokebox, and has been runner-up in the UK Pun Championships twice (as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival). He’s been described by those within the industry as a’gag machine’, a ‘sharp and droll one liner merchant’, ‘a wordsmith of real invention’ and the ultimate peer compliment ‘so good I was quoting your jokes to the wife last night’.
Since the Lockdown has come in he’s replaced live work with filming weekly jokes videos on his YouTube channel. The feedback he’s received from these has been equally impressive. If you want one liners, funny puns or Dad jokes then the truth is, look no further than Julian Lee.