Being an outspoken type of chap, Julian Clary has never been known to mince his words... er hang on, that came out all wrong... oops, so did that. And that's the problem when even mentioning this man's name and repertoire - he brings out the smutty side in all of us. Entendres? Make it a double. His previous shows include 'The Mincing Machine' and 'My Glittering Passage' and Channel 4, in all their ground-breaking and controversial glory for the time, allowed the comedian to name his TV gameshow, 'Sticky Moments with Julian Clary'.
And we probably shouldn't mention the time he appeared at the 1993 British Comedy Awards, proclaiming that he had "just been fisting Norman Lamont" (the then Chancellor). But we just have. More importantly, the doyens of civil liberties and all-things-decent The Daily Mail, leapt up and down and made a big noise and tried to restrict his movements (fnar fnar), probably on the same page as some latest sex scandal. Fuel to Julian Clary's fire.
Currently in his 52nd year, Clary shows no signs of slowing down and why should he - there are far too many people out there who weep in hysterics at his outrageous humour. To prove this, he has a 2012 tour planned. Entitled, 'Position Vacant - Apply Within' (you see? He just can't help himself...), this new show sees the lovelorn Julian looking for love.
To quote his press release, "Because I'm still considered to be quite a catch and because your town is noted for its heterosexuals on the cusp, there's bound to be stiff competition", says Julian. "Therefore I'll be hosting ruthless elimination games. You can be sure of one thing. By the end of the evening, we'll all be celebrating my new partnership."
The tour will include Barnstaple, Truro, Norwich, Crawley, Sheffield, Perth, Cardiff and many other far-flung romantic locations, concluding with two shows in Shepherd's Bush on 22nd and 23rd November. Prices range from £20 upwards.