Tickets to Lee Evans' Exeter gig sold out after council workers are given priority.
CITY council staff and councillors were given the chance to snap up tickets to an exclusive comedy night before the event was advertised to the public, the Echo can reveal.
The authority announced in a media release last Friday that Lee Evans would play a one-off warm-up gig for his sellout UK tour in the council-run Corn Exchange next month.
But the 500-seat event had already sold out the night before after council employees and councillors had received an email the previous day, telling them about the event and giving them the chance to buy up to eight of the £25 tickets each. The tickets sold out within hours of the email being sent.
The decision to alert council employees to the gig before the general public was branded "foolish" by one councillor yesterday as tickets were hawked online for double their face value.
One member of the public said he was extremely angry about the situation.
"The Corn Exchange is, after all, owned by the public and the council which organised this event is paid for with our money. It has effectively become a corporate event for the council."
My comment: Couldn't put it better myself. Joke for Lee, what do you call a comedian hosting an event for councillors and council staff? A straight man! After all they are the real comedians, always wanting to take the piss out of the public.
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