James Rampton on comedy
Friday 30 August 1996
The bald stand-up - hecklers always imagine they are the first ever to think of calling him "slaphead" - generates the same electricity on the live stage, crackling with one-liners and likeability. A former warm-up man on such shows as Have I Got News For You, he has that priceless ability to form an instant rapport with an audience. I once saw him offer to perform a 20-minute set during a technical hitch at a recording of They Think It's All Over - and the audience whooped with delight at the prospect.
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