Paul admitted that he loves tuning in to episodes of Family Fortunes before he takes to the stage.
The revelation came about when the star was asked by a fan to name his favourite American TV shows of all time.
Paul said: “Well, you know it depends what genre. I mean, if it’s a series then I liked Breaking Bad a lot. And then game shows? I like Family Fortunes!.
“I nearly always have that on in the dressing room before a show because you don’t have to think too hard and it’s not depressing. You know, whereas if you’ve got the news channel something could come on that can makes me think, ‘Oh, my God!’ And then you’ve got to try and do a show!
“So, I like Steve Harvey in America doing Family Fortunes. I just like guessing at, you know [does impression] ‘100 men, were asked what…’
“And I like trying to get the top answer! I just think it’s a fun show, you know. So that’s nice and light. And then as I say, series probably Breaking Bad and I like Veep, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She’s very funny and I think it’s a hilarious look at her being the Vice President. It’s very like the British series The Thick of It.”
The game show – which is based on the American version Family Feud – ran on ITV from 1980 to 2002, before being revived by the same channel in 2006 under the title of All Star Family Fortunes.
The game involves two families providing answers to everyday questions that were surveyed by 100 members of the British public before the show to win cash prizes.
The top answers are displayed on a large electronic board, known as “Mr. Babbage”, which famously sounds a wrong answer “Eh-uhh” sound effect and its accompanying X to signal the strike, as well as a “ding” for a right answer.Past presenters include Bob Monkhouse, Max Bygraves and Les Dennis.
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