So, second on Celebrity Weakest Link and an appearance on QI – are you a closet intellectual?

I also won Celebrity Mastermind, not that I like to talk about it, and I’m frankly horrified that you brought it up (although could you mention that I got the highest score of all time?). Still, we comedians are obviously not proper intellectuals because not all of us have beards.

Do you think it’s a healthy thing for a comic to marry another comic?

My husband and I entered into our marriage purely as a scientific experiment. He’s 6 foot 5 and I’m 4 foot 11, so we’re already messing with evolution. We are seeking to create a race of humorous overlords who will sweep all before them with their ability to pun at will or improvise a comic song.

The blurb for this year’s show promises personal revelations and Gary Wilmot. Are the two directly linked?

Sadly, I’ve never met Gary Wilmot, but I think he’s an amazing talent. The thrust of my argument is that I wish he was still on TV. Many of the greats of Light Entertainment have been overlooked for the status of National Treasure and I think he truly deserves it. Although some of the TV and radio stars of the past were morally dodgy, in my experience 99.9 per cent of them were just incredibly gifted and lovely.

And home brewing?

Yeah, my husband is a keen home brewer and I’ve picked up the bug. It’s great to be in Edinburgh, where the entire city often smells like my house.

Words: Kate Copstick

Lucy Porter: Consequences, Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 August (not 15, 22), 5.30pm

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