Clueless at the Keys

 

I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue’s much maligned pianist Colin Sell talks and sings at the keyboard in an evening of anecdotes about his life in comedy and music – on radio, in cabaret and on stage, working with the likes of Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Dora Bryan and Nicholas Parsons among many. The ear-bashing challenges of accompanying Jeremy Hardy induce our sympathy, plus he describes the gorgeous world of Samantha, and the versatile radio skills (including silence!) of Humphrey Lyttelton. He also performs his own and others’ comedy songs – Flanders and Swann, Paddy Roberts and George Formby – and for a grand finale shares his fascination with silent cinema by accompanying a Buster Keaton comedy film: all in an attempt to redeem his reputation!

Stand aside, Jack Dee!

Colin Sell – some history

Colin Sell is a British pianist who has appeared on the radio panel games “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.” He has become famous mostly for his long service on the latter show.

He was born on 1 December 1948 in Purley, Surrey, and grew up in Croydon. He did not get a degree in music but instead received a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Bristol in 1971. He wrote music for the University’s revues in the early 1970s, leading to performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where Simon Brett saw Sell perform and offered him the pianist position on Clue. He also appeared with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre TIE company in the early 1970s, which included two other well-known names, Elizabeth Estensen and Clive Hornby, both long-standing members of the Emmerdale cast.

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