Internet prankster Lee 'Discoboy' Marshall once went viral for invading the stage during a PDC World Darts Championship final, but his days of chasing clout through public capers are a thing of the past.
Many darts fans first learnt of Marshall at the crescendo of the 2017 World Darts Championship between Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. The faux fan—who was one part of the notorious 'Trollstation' prankster group—had to be tackled by security after hoisting the Sid Waddell trophy.
Many of his loyal followers might have hoped to see 'Discoboy' reappear at Alexandra Palace in future. However, the odds of the character being revived appear slim following Marshall's confession.
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"We're constantly changing and evolving and want different things; I definitely do now," he told his 104,000 YouTube subscribers in a recent post titled 'I'M DONE'. "When I look back on a lot of the videos I used to do, I just think 'I would not have the bottle to do those sort of videos now.'
"And as much as people want 'em, you've got to be true to yourself. Just because people are like, 'When is there more Discoboy videos coming,' it's not me anymore, honestly. I look back and think I've done so much 'clouty' stuff and created a great name for myself at the time, which I was proud of. . .but it's just not me anymore."
Marshall was also once convicted of assaulting a night manager while filming a 2018 prank at an Asda in Fareham. The News reported he 'led a group of people dancing and raving at the shop, taking in speakers and dressed in wigs' before a scuffle broke out with staff.
The comedian—who has performed on stage, both as 'Discoboy' and his actual self—suggested he had an epiphany during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, however. That time to reassess his priorities led Marshall to believe it was time to ditch his alter ego.
"When people come up to me and say, 'Aw, you're a nutter, blah blah blah,' I think, 'I was, but I'm not that person anymore,' and that's perfectly fine to think like that," he continued as tears built up while talking to the camera. "I think lockdown affected a lot of people; it definitely affected me so much. You sort of work out who you are during lockdown. . .yeah, it hit hard."
The former DJ was speaking from New Zealand and asked his followers to contribute ideas for future videos during his travels. Discoboy's days at the darts may be over, but Marshall is eager to stay in the public eye having rediscovered his own identity.
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