James Rampton on comedy
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The bald stand-up - hecklers always imagine they are the first ever to think of calling him "slaphead" - generates the same electricity on the live stage, crackling with one-liners and likeability. A former warm-up man on such shows as Have I Got News For You, he has that priceless ability to form an instant rapport with an audience. I once saw him offer to perform a 20-minute set during a technical hitch at a recording of They Think It's All Over - and the audience whooped with delight at the prospect.
Lee Hurst is appearing with Martin Coyote, Boothby Graffoe, Steve Gribbin, Sean Meo and John Moloney in Cutting Edge at the Comedy Store, Haymarket House, Oxendon St, London, SW1 (0171-344 4444) on Tue
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