Random 8

Spencer Jones

The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk. Herbert Clunkerdunk (Spencer Jones)

One random comedian, eight random questions; it's the ultimate test of funny person and fate. This week we welcome a frank Spencer, revealing stuff left, right and centre.

Yes, it's Spencer Jones, who's about to lurch back onto our screens with a brand new series of his commendably barmy show The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk. So what can we expect from Clunkerdunk Part Deux, on BBC Two?

"We taped my daughter to a wall," Jones reveals. "Vic Reeves does a cameo. We have some very fine acting talent. It's the weirdest thing I've ever made. Each episode has so much music in it that it is bordering on being a musical. Pretty sure I fractured my elbow on the last day, and it still hurts now months later."

No doubt that's a bit of an occupational hazard in the prop-heavy physical comedy business. But how is 2022 shaping up, otherwise?

"So far in 2022 I have built a chicken house with reclaimed wood, had my first wear of all my new Christmas socks (so now they are just socks) and my daughter shouted 'penis' repeatedly at me in the playground in front of her whole school when I went to her pick up."

Could be worse. Spencer Jones, your Random 8 await.

Who was your childhood hero - real or fictional?

As a kid I had so many people to look up to. My dad not being about, I found other father figures. Murdoch from The A-Team, Dirty Den from Eastenders, and Rocky Balboa. If you stick to the combined ethos of these fictional characters, life will turn out okay.

What's your favourite device, ever?

The Boss RC 505 loop station. Allows me to make music very simply and quickly. Dirty Den had one in prison and it kept morale up with the other inmates.

The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk

Do you have a favourite shop?

I love art shops. Where they have expensive paints and paper and pens. Lino print cutting, water colours, oil pastels etc. It's like opening your mum's full fridge and thinking 'the possibilities are ENDLESS!'.

Ever met a particularly great or awful famous person?

Famous people are all either particularly great or awful, none are in between. That's why they get famous. I try to keep away from them all, unless I have to because they are working on the same job as me. I get incredibly nervous around famous people. I have had the option to meet a few and every time I hide in the toilet. I'm not giving any names. DM me.

What's the weirdest thing you ever saw?

The second series of The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk.

Do you have a signature dance move?

No, if you've only got one signature dance move please get off the dance floor. If a song's good I will dance, hard and varied (like Rocky makes love I'd imagine. And then regret it when I strain myself. I pulled a muscle wiping my arse three days ago. Just like Murdoch from The A-Team did in that strange episode that got deleted.)

The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk. Herbert Clunkerdunk (Spencer Jones)

What's your favourite phrase or expression?

Well done. Try saying it to someone who is not expecting it, but they actually deserve it. Goes down a treat with me. I like being told well done. Who doesn't.

(But be careful as it can feel sarcastic if not done carefully, unlike Rocky's wife Adrian, she does it well.)

When were you most embarrassed?

When my daughter shouted 'Penis'. But I was also very proud. She used to call me a cock!

The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk is on BBC2 from Wednesday January 26th.

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