When comedian Lea was elected by the viewers of the TV series "Stand Up Britain" as outright winner, the world of comedy had a new star. But Lea had been working as a stand up comedian for many years before he finally got his big break. He scooped the title, trophy and a 1st prize of £7,000 on the live final, screened by ITV1 in October 2002. Lea had been up against six other comedians from the 144 who started in the competition, and he won the final with 75% of the total vote, including taking first place in the London, North West, and Yorkshire regions.
With a sporting background (following retirement from professional rugby league - he had played for Halifax RLFC), 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 but following his success on 'Stand Up Britain' he is now carving out a career in comedy much further a field.
Lea's comedy is traditional northern humour, but with a more modern approach. He 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. He then appeared on the ITV variety show "That's Entertainment" with a host of other well known entertainers.
One of the few comedians able to work in both "mainstream" and "alternative" environments, Lea offers a traditional stand up act and appeals to audiences both young and old, with an adult, yet inoffensive act.
A popular entertainer on cruise ships, Lea is equally at home with corporate engagements, and is regularly booked for after dinner entertainment and sporting events.
"Big thanks for booking and confirming Lea Roberts for our Black Tie event on Friday night. He did a great job, was a lovely guest and had people laughing away for nearly an hour." Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Dinner - October 2012