Colin Sell playing piano for the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Christmas Special 2007 at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
(1948-12-01) December 1, 1948 (age 65)
Colin Sell (born 1 December 1948) is a Britishpianist who has appeared on the radio panel gamesWhose Line Is It Anyway? and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. He has become famous mostly for his long service on the latter show, where the opening credits are "At the piano is Colin Sell, and your chairman is Jack Dee", in the manner of the show none of the panelists are credited at the start or end on the credits, but are introduced by the chairman, usually in a sarcastic manner ("the foremost available comedians. I'm sorry. The four most available comedians"). He is frequently the butt of the host's jokes, and cannot reply because as he said in an interview with the BBC "I can't answer back, I don't have a microphone". The jokes are usually based around his inability to play the piano and suggest other roles he takes as part-time jobs to make up for this. He is an accomplished musician but this is an in joke of the show.
Sell has also accompanied Barry Cryer and Willie Rushton in their stage show Two Old Farts in the Night. After the interval he played (and sang) a solo: "We are the Boys in the Band". In 2013 he appeared with Barry Cryer in Richmond, Yorkshire, as part of the Swaledale Festival, performing jazz and blues and songs of his own composition.