Bradley Walsh is known for his fantastic sense of humour, and it’s clear from his laughing fits on game show The Chase that he has a hard time controlling it.
His intermittent giggling as he asks the questions has now become the stuff of TV legend (they even have their own Youtube channel), changing his life and career as he becomes known to a whole new generation of fans.
"It's fantastic," he enthuses. "I just can't help the hysterics. I have a very juvenille sense of humour, you see.
"The question setters know this and deliberately put in double entendres and foreign words they know I might have difficulty with.
"I don't get to see the questions before I read them out, so I never know what's coming. The Chasers love that! Apart from the opening lines and a few links, there's no script, either. It's all off the cuff. I love it – we have such a laugh. We've made over 1,000 episodes now with more than 4,000 contestants whi've been brilliant, funny and inspiring."
Belly laughs aren't the only reason Bradley thinks The Chase has been so successful though.
Friendly intimidation from The Chasers has played its part, too. "The Chasers – Anne 'Frosty Kmickers' Hegerty, Alan 'The Beast' Labbett, Shaun 'The Barrister' Wallace, Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha and Jenny 'The Vixen' Ryan – are all out to get you.
"They want to win at all costs and will employ intimidating tactics to do so.
"It's really intense. When one of them gets beaten, Twitter goes mad. All the guys on the circuit take the mickey out of whoever's lost. It's like 'The Beast got beaten by a guy in his 20s – what a joke!' They can't bear it and stomp off the set. It's like they've lost a penalty shootout in the World Cup.
"I LOVE taking the mickey out of them.
Even scary 'Frosty Knickers' Anne? "Especially Anne," Bradley laughs. "She has this repartee with me now. If I stumble over a question she'll go 'Been speaking long?' I'll say 'Oh Anne you're looking lovely today' when she's really looking like Miss Trunchbull in the Roald Dahl film, Matilda. She knows I'm taking the mick and will come back with. 'Shut up! Just get on with it!'
"I love bringing them down a peg or two because they come across so pompous. They are lovely people though, when the cameras stop rolling."
- Words and interview by Alison James
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Did you know...?
- Bradley Walsh is married to former dancer Donna Derby
- Bradley has been a team captain in the quiz sports show Play to the Whistle as well as anchoring Tonight at the London Palladium
- He first thought he might be an entertainer when he saw Tommy Steele in Hans Christian Andersen at the Lonfon Palladium when he was 14
- He appeared in his first Royal Variety Performance in 1993 along with Joe Pasquale and Darren Day
- In 1981 Bradley was working at Rolls Royce in Waford as a sheet metal worker but he was always the joker on the shop floor. He got his big break when he came second in a talent competition and the winner dropped out of the winning deal to play at Bailey's Nightclub and he was spotted by an agent