Fears of a clown … why Scott will not try stand-up
RADIO 1’s Scott Mills may have had the nation in fits of giggles but he has ruled out a career in comedy.
Last week, the DJ was challenged to bring the funny (and money) to Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day with a 24-hour on-air ‘LOLathon’. And Mills, with co-host Chris Stark, raised a whopping £275,263.
His favourite joke? ‘What do you call a singing computer? A Dell.’ But don’t expect to see Mills having a stab at stand-up. ‘Absolutely not!’ he exclaimed during an exclusive chat with Guilty Pleasures On TV.
‘I admire anyone that goes on stage and tries to be funny, and even though there is an audience when I’m doing it on the radio, the key thing is I can’t see them.’ Despite describing the LOLathon as ‘the best thing I’ve ever done’, Mills confessed there were plenty of ups and downs — literally.
‘I had a moment at about 4am where I was like, “I need to get out of here”, because you’re in that studio for so long,’ he said. ‘I rode up and down in the BBC lifts from the ground floor to the eighth, just staring into space.
‘You can’t prepare for the psychological part of it at all — it ended up being 27 hours on air.’
Various guests swung by to help the pair, including Ricky Gervais, Harry Hill and Russell Brand, and the money raised will go towards helping the young homeless.
‘I went to a shelter in south London,’ said Mills. ‘There was a girl who had some family problems and, because of Comic Relief, she’s got somewhere, for now, to be.’
Mills will host a live version of Innuendo Bingo during tonight’s Red Nose Day broadcast, which kicks off on BBC One at 7pm.
Author: Tom Stichbury