But who is the man behind the snazzy shirts and quick-fire puns? Here’s everything you need to know…
Who is Joe Lycett?
Born in Birmingham in 1988, Lycett first became one to watch on the comedy scene when he was won the Chortle Student Comedian Award in 2009 after studying at the University of Manchester.
Even if you haven’t seen Lycett’s stand-up shows, you could well have spotted his perfectly punny titles: his debut tour in 2012 was the brilliantly named Some Lycett Hot (he followed it up with the equally magnificently named That’s The Way A-Ha A-Ha Joe Lycett).
His routine sees him recall anecdotes with ‘difficult people’, using his own sharp tongue to deliver a series of scathing and waspish insults – such as the now-viral story below about contesting a parking ticket.
Where have I seen Joe Lycett before?
As well as appearing on Live At The Apollo, Lycett is a regular guest on panel shows, having appeared on Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Would I Lie To You?
He also appeared on series four of Dave’s Taskmaster in 2017, winning two tasks but ultimately losing out to Noel Fielding.
Lycett cut his presenting teeth in 2018 when he fronted his own prime-time BBC1 game show titled The Time It Takes.
The show saw a series of contestants attempt to answer questions during the time it takes to do a fairly mundane household chore. The challenger who answered the most questions right in their given time were one step closer to winning a dream holiday. The person with the lowest score went away with nothing but a Time It Takes tea towel.
He has since also hosted Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, presenting alongside Tim Lovejoy and filling in for Simon Rimmer.
But while Lycett is a dab hand at presenting, he admits he finds it more difficult than his usual stand-up routine.
“At the minute stand up is easier as I have been doing it for so much longer,” he explained. “With presenting it’s a lot more to think about, and you don’t get the immediate response until it airs. They are two very different things really, but I enjoy both!”
What will Joe Lycett be like on The Great British Sewing Bee?
Previous presenter Winkleman may have been a Sewing Bee favourite, but what Lycett lacks in fringe and eyeliner he more than makes up for with his light-hearted and silly approach.
If you want to do some sewing in a warehouse in South London while I distract you with stupid questions then this is the thing for you https://t.co/jnoQ4vC8bp
“I was a bit confused because I didn’t really know anything about sewing, and I was a bit like ….are you sure?” he said. “I think they wanted someone a bit vague about sewing so it might be funnier, and I hope that is the case.
“It felt like home very quickly. Patrick and Esme were so welcoming, we met before filming and looked at the set to get a feel of things. They have both been so lovely and patient with me when I didn’t know what I was doing, both so supportive.”
Why is Claudia Winkleman not still presenting Sewing Bee?
Having previously fronted the first four series of The Great British Sewing Bee, Winkleman has since stepped down from the show, having been tied up with other commitments.
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