Described by Time Out as “one of the strongest emerging comedy talents we’ve seen in a long time”, Joe Lycett makes his TV debut next month as part of BBC One’s new Saturday evening show, Epic Win, alongside host Alexander Armstrong and regular panellist Micky Flanagan.
Joe was named Chortle Best Newcomer accolade in 2010, following such names as Russell Kane and Sarah Millican to claim the title, and will return to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer as part of the Pleasance’s prestigious Comedy Reserve.
We caught up with Joe to find out what he likes to watch to relax between shows…
Favourite TV show to cheer you up:
“It has to be Glee. No show goes close to the feel good effect of Glee. It’s infectious!”
Favourite TV show to watch before going to sleep:
“I try to watch something on BBC iPlayer in the BBC Four category; normally something sciency, in the hope that the knowledge will be absorbed by my brain as I sleep.”
TV show that reminds you of being a teenager:
“I started watching Six Feet Under when I was in my mid-late teens and it has had such an effect on my life. It is so wonderful and intelligent and profound.”
Favourite “guilty pleasure” TV show:
“Will & Grace is brilliant – I say it’s a guilty pleasure because its reputation is a low-rent American sitcom, but I think it’s actually very clever and people forget how groundbreaking it was to have a mainstream show where half of the main characters were gay.”
TV show that you find most addictive:
“I find This Morning very addictive because Phil and Holly are so brilliant together and also because you think ‘I’ll watch till the next ad break and get dressed’ and then they tell you they’re interviewing a man who has the largest collection of sex dolls in the world and you find yourself glued again.”