Often referred to as ‘the seventh Python’, Neil Innes has an impressive comedy CV.
As well as collaborating with Monty Python for albums, films and concert tours, he was one of the stars of Do Not Adjust Your TV Set alongside Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, David Jason and Denise Coffey.
He also had his own 18-part TV series called The Innes Book of Records.
Considering himself a musician above a comedian, he has performed in Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Beatles parody The Rutles.
His current tour, A People’s Guide to World Domination, is a wry, poignant, humorous and topical one-man show, spiced with anecdotes of Neil’s life and times in the worlds of media and show business.
It’s a potent mix of fine musicianship and enlightened lyricism, packed with sharp observations celebrating the absurdities of modern existence.
Ahead of his appearance at the Ashcroft Arts Centre, he took five minutes to answer our questions.
n When did you first realise you were funny?
n What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
An urban spaceman.
n Which three things make you laugh?
Tree surgery, tree juggling and tree cookery. Oh, you said ‘three’...
n What’s your favourite one-liner?
Once upon a time there were two Irishmen. Now look how many there are.
n Who’s your hero?
King George V! I’ve just seen the movie.
n See Neil Innes at the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham tonight from 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £15 from 01329 223100 or ashcroft.org.uk.