In the ’70s Ian was lead vocalist with two of the top comedy showgroups of the era, The Montanas and Light Fantastic. In the late 70’s Ian went solo as a stand-up comedian and quickly shot to fame with 3 award-winning appearances on New Faces. He was twice voted Midlands Comedian Of The Year and came runner-up to Tom O’Connor in the Club Mirror Awards.
Ian then became a regular member of the popular T.V. Show Tizwaz and this was followed with regular T.V. appearances through the ’80’s and ’90’s on such programmes as The Comedians, Summertime Special, Live From Her Majesty’s, The Patter Merchants, Do I Not Like That etc.
Ian is currently much in demand both as a cabaret act and also as an accomplished after dinner speaker specialising in sporting functions particularly his personal favourites, soccer and golf. Ian is also a member of the Comedians Golfing Society.
Some views of Ian include:
“Fantastic … very original, immediate impact…he’s an incredibly funny man, he has a marvellous technique … very tasteful, one of the funniest men I’ve seen for a long time.”
“Comedy came next in the safe and capable hands of IAN “Sludge” LEES – what a terrific entertainer, he had the whole house literally falling about … very original stand-up patter and side-splitting visual comedy sketches … 55 minutes of terrific audience related comedy and not a blue gag in sight.”