Spend a minute with Jack Dee ahead of his visit here with the BBC's legendary I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, the self-styled antidote to panel games, on Sat 30 Jan.
You've proved yourself as a brilliant host since taking over from Humphrey Lyttelton on ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’. When did you first hear the show and what did you like about it?
I’d always been aware of it but started paying much more attention to it about 20 years ago. For me the show became a constant reminder that great comedy is a kind of structured silliness and a complete lack of self-importance.
What are your favourite rounds?
I prefer the longer rounds as I can concentrate on my Sudoku.
Are there any rounds you'd want to join in?Mainly the one after the show in the bar.
Will Samantha be on tour with the show?
Samantha very much plans to be with us. In fact she’s travelling to Brighton a day early to visit a gentleman friend in Hove and says she’ll probably go down in the car later that evening.
Was Samantha upset by the recent controversy or did she take it lying down?She made her position clear and helped us all to rise above it.
Will you be kind to Colin Sell at the piano?Yes. So long as he doesn’t try to play it.
Who is your second favourite of the regular players?
As host it would be improper to declare any likes or dislikes. People can sometimes mistake this for a complete lack of interest in the games or those playing them.
How do you think radio comedy has changed over the 40 years that Clue has been running?
I like to think that it’s more sunny and optimistic and that that’s mainly down to me.
Have you played the Brighton Dome before, and what do you think of our local audiences?
I’ve played the Dome many times with many different shows and always loved the Brighton buzz. Why wouldn’t the audience be great when they live somewhere like Brighton?