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’.
"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 "
"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' "
"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 "