Paul Sinha, ‘the first openly gay British Asian doctor turned comedian and quizzer’, is best known for his role as a chaser on the tea-time quiz show, however, performing stand-up comedy is the ‘first string’ to his bow.
For more than a decade Paul has performed comedy shows across the globe, from Aberdeen to Auckland, winning a number of awards.
On March 28, comedy fans in Worthing will have the opportunity to see him in action when he performs his Paul Sinha is a Stand-Up Comedian show in the St Paul’s Arts Centre in Chapel Road.
“It’s my life, it’s how I came to be in the position I’m in now, doing a job I didn’t really like to being a television quizzer,” said Paul.
“It’s story-telling with jokes, stories about my clashes with binge drinking Britain and being the first openly gay British Asian doctor turned comedian and quizzer.”
Before he forayed into the world of comedy and professional quizzing, Paul was a qualified GP, working in Norfolk A&E and doctors surgeries in London. In 2007, Paul said he discovered, and became part of, the ‘underworld’ of weekly and monthly quizzing.
When producers of The Chase were looking for a fourth chaser in 2011 Paul’s name was put forward and the rest is history.
Paul, or ‘The Sinnerman’ as he is sometimes referred to on the show, said he does feel constant pressure to know the answers to questions but it is worthwhile as he is doing something he ‘generally loves’.
He said he is able to find the time to improve his knowledge because being a stand up gives you ‘a little bit more spare than most’.
“I was actually just learning stuff as you rang me, it’s a constant process,” he said.
“There’s no time to stop and think and reflect, I’m always focused.”
Paul is equally as focused when it comes to keeping his emotions in check as he denies contestant after contestant the chance of winning thousands of pounds in prize money.
“The rules are the rules and the money isn’t theirs until they win it. They tend to be nice people, I sympathise with them if they have done nothing wrong but it’s not really my job to sympathise.”
Paul’s Worthing show will be two hours long, one hour 30 minutes of stand-up followed by a Q & A session.
He said: “If people can be prepared with good questions that would be great.”
n To win two tickets to Paul’s show on March 28, email your name and contact details to [email protected] with Paul Sinha as the subject matter, before 12pm on Wednesday, March 26. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted the same day.