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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 May, 2005, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
Lenny Henry to quit sketch shows
Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry said he planned to continue with stand-up comedy
Comedian Lenny Henry has said he plans to give up making TV sketch shows after almost 30 years.

The 46-year-old said his new series of The Lenny Henry Show - which starts on BBC One on Friday - would "probably" be his last.

He said he intended to concentrate on stand-up comedy and developing new sitcoms instead.

Henry rose to fame after winning the New Faces talent competition in 1975, at the age of 17.

To be allowed to do this for 30 years has been insane
Lenny Henry

He went on to anchor the Saturday morning children's show, Tiswas, from 1978 to 1980 and later joined the hugely popular sketch show, Three of a Kind, alongside Tracey Ullman.

Lenny teamed up with the Comic Strip in 1980, when he met comedienne Dawn French, who would later become his wife.

The Lenny Henry Show first appeared on screens in 1984 and ran for 10 years before he wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom, Chef.

In the latest series of The Lenny Henry Show, he turns his hand to spoofing stars like Beyonce, Kelis and OutKast.

Henry told BBC Breakfast News that making sketch shows was a "tiring" process and said he had other projects he wanted to try.

'Last chance'

"I think it will probably be the last show of this type that I will do because I have been doing it for 30 years and it is good to go out with a bang.

"To be allowed to do this for 30 years has been insane.

"But they say making sketch shows is a young man's game, and new guys like Little Britain are just brilliant.

"I'm never going to give up stand-up, but this will be the last chance to see this kind of stuff from me."

Henry said he planned to work on developing a new sitcom, work on new drama, and continue his involvement with Comic Relief.

The new series of The Lenny Henry Show starts at 2030 BST on Friday.

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