Humph was chairman for a total of three hundred and seventy-two shows. That was every show except six in the first series, where he alternated the role with Barry Cryer, till the end of series fifty. Originally enthusiastic, over the years he came to portray someone who would rather be doing anything else than chairing the show. His comments in this persona were as funny as that of the ‘professionals’.

Series 44 Show 01

" … as the little Dutch boy of destiny sticks his finger in the dyke of fate, and the former BBC Director-General asks him not to … "

Series 43 Show 06

"And so, ladies and gentlemen, I notice it's the end of the show, and sooner than any of us could imagine, it's the end of another series, and how poignant it is to reflect back on the six weeks of wild applause and gales of laughter …the teams had hoped to get … "

Series 43 Show 05

"Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to end the show. If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this programme, please write to the BBC Helpdesk, Broadcasting House, London, taking care to mark your envelope 'basket case' … "

Series 43 Show 04

"… as the boiling water of fate is poured over the ant of time, and the insecticide of destiny is sprayed over the Dec of doom … "

Series 43 Show 03

"And now, ladies and gentlemen, before we end the show, I'm advised that there have been some complaints from listeners about a short break in transmission. We really are very sorry - it wasn't nearly long enough … "

Series 43 Show 02

" …as this edition of the show draws to a close I'm required to assure listeners that no animals were harmed during the making of this programme.' [Sound of a cat being shot] 'Until now, that is.' "