COMEDIAN Griff Rhys Jones will be asking “Where Was I?”, which is the title of his latest show.

But despite his apparent absent-mindedness, there’s no doubt at all that Griff is set to perform at The Everyman in Cheltenham, on July 2.

A spokesman said: “For one night only, join the star of Not the Nine O’Clock News, Alas Smith & Jones and Three Men In a Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling – down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen!

“It’s a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map.”

Griff, in fact, was never meant to be a regular on Not the Nine O’Clock News, but fate intervened, as it will.

He filled in with several minor roles on the show but soon became a regular and popular fixture; and his face to face conversations with Mel Smith became one of the show’s most memorable highlights.

Griff was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1984 (1983 season) for Best Comedy Performance in Charley’s Aunt and in 1994 (1993 season) for Best Comedy Performance for his performance in An Absolute Turkey. He also played Toad in The Wind in the Willows at the National Theatre in 1990, as well as a number of other theatre roles. He provided the voices on the series of short cartoons Funnybones, for which he also sang the theme tune.

The spokesman added: “Griff Rhys Jones is arguably one of the UK’s most popular comedians and broadcasters. His career has seen him presenting, acting and writing but it was comedy that first made him a national icon as he found his way into the country’s hearts and funny bones with Mel Smith, appearing on stage, in films and on television together for over 20 years.”

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