Robin Ince is back on the road

FUNNY Robin Ince
FUNNY Robin Ince
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Radio presenter and rib-tickler Robin Ince is back on the road with another comic exploration of the human condition.

Ince is best known for co-presenting Radio 4’s award-winning science series The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox and last year went on a sell-out tour with the physicist.

His new show In Happiness Through Science asks whether you can be happy and rational at the same time. He’ll be at The Spring, Havant tomorrow. But first we caught up with him ahead of the show.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I have no idea, but I do remember the joy of doing impersonations of Rik Mayall’s wonderful creation Kevin Turvey and, when I was about four, putting on shows which were basically me wearing my dad’s shoes and falling over.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

I really have no idea. I always wanted to write and perform and never put a thought into reality. Probably running a bookshop.

Name three things that make you laugh.

Laurel and Hardy – because from the moment they have a good idea you know it’s going to go wrong but go wrong so beautifully. Their work is comedy as beauty and buffoonery. The Music Box is just one of many classics.

Steve Martin’s The Jerk – utter stupidity done perfectly.

Most recently a sketch on Harry and Paul set around Question Time made me weep, two great character comedians creating embarrassment, fury and stupid voices.

Tell us a joke.

No, but you can have a punchline – ‘now that is how to wave a towel’.

Who’s your biggest hero?

All my heroes are those who exude passion, compassion and curiosity – so among them are John Peel, Carl Sagan, Eric Sykes and Richard Feynman.

· Robin Ince’s show begins at 8pm tomorrow. Tickets are £12, £10.80 or £10.20 for members. Call (023) 9247 2700 or visit thespring.co.uk.