There’s Something About Gary and it is that he likes to write and perform jokes, an awful lot of them, which you can tell by his gag-laden Twitter feed.

Gary Delaney’s last tour was extended four times and took in over 240 dates. His current tour, There’s Something About Gary, will once again showcase exactly why he is seen as the premier gagsmith of his generation.

Through Twitter and TV he’s become one of the most quotable comedians in the country. He loves each and every gag; he’s like a cheeky schoolboy who can barely hide his glee with each and every punchline.

Here he discusses all of the jokes with us.

Where did your grow up?

Solihull. We're the only people in the whole country who lie and say we're from Birmingham in an attempt to sound more interesting.

Were you always interested in comedy?

From about the age of 13. I used to work on Saturdays cleaning up at a garage in Sparkbrook, Birmingham. Mopping the floors and so on. The guy who worked the till was called Sarfraz. He always listened to Adrian Juste’s show and therefore so did I.

Who were your favourite comedians growing up?

Kenny Everett, Cannon and Ball, Les Dennis and Dustin Gee; and Graham Griffin who accidentally did a poo in the playground when he was 5 years old and carried it with him for 20 years. The story, not the actual poo, though to be fair I didn't check.

How did you get into it?

I was always keen to do stand-up but never had the confidence. I didn't know at that time that funny people are very rarely loud and confident. I used to organise conferences for a living and go to a lot of comedy on my own to watch. An old college buddy of mine (Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert guy off the telly) dabbled in stand up mid 90's.

I helped him write jokes. I wrote him one about nurses (too rude to print here) and said "Do this, it's great". He did. It didn't work. I said "You're doing it wrong”, he said "Do it yourself then!"

Describe your comedy?

Jokes. Lots of jokes. No stories, no tedious politics or opinions, no sad and sensitive bit in the middle. Plus quite a few pictures, which are also really jokes.

Where do you find inspiration?

Mostly from listening to the idiots who phone talk radio late at nights, also from generally being a bit of a smart arse. Usually when people are talking to me I’m not really listening to what they’re saying, I’m picking apart how they said it to look for gag potential.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

I sometimes laugh on stage (very unprofessional but I'm enjoying myself). Once, I was doing a summer afternoon gig in a big tent for a load of hairy bikers. It was going really well. Then about 20 minutes in it went ballistic. I was getting the biggest laughs and cheers ever, the crowd were on their feet. I thought I was a genius and had finally discovered the secret of comedy.

However, I hadn’t as the sunlight was bright on the tent wall behind me and unknown to me a drunken biker had slipped out of the gig and, seeing the queue for the portaloo, had craftily popped round the back of the tent to relieve himself. He didn’t realise that with the sun behind him he was making the perfect shadow puppet of a weeing man on the canvas right behind me. If you’ve ever seen the Mannekin Pis in Brussels it was like that, but six foot two with a beard and leather jacket.

Still well done to him, he nailed that gig, in fact I think he’s going to be on the next series of Britain’s Got Talent.

If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?

I'd be the funny one in the office. Or the annoying one in the office depending on your point of view. Chandler basically.

What is the worst a show has gone?

I once did a gig in English to a crowd in Berlin who, I was assured, had excellent English. They did indeed speak English but not well enough to grasp the subtleties of wordplay. I got fewer laughs than the German comics, which is really saying something. Still at least I can now proudly say that, like my Grandad, I have also bombed in Germany.

You write a lot for other comedians and shows, how does it differ to writing for yourself?

I keep all the best ones for me. Unless anyone I write for is reading this, in which case I keep them all for you.

Which do you prefer?

Writing for other people is easier, as ultimately they have the final say and edit. Writing for yourself is more rewarding. Standing on stage and getting a laugh from a brand new joke is really exciting. Also they pay me in money, I pay myself in kind.

You are married to a comedian, Sarah Millican, is it a joke a minute at home?

About one an hour, we take it in turns. We do a laugh a lot at home, but it's not usually because we're trying out jokes, it's usually because of normal domestic stuff like the dog farting along with the Eastenders theme tune.

Do you ever get competitive?

No, I'm the best at not doing that.

How old are you?

43, so nearly old enough to play a teenager in Grease.

Where do you live now?

In a nice quiet house in the country with two cats, a dog and a wife. I'm currently writing my answers to these questions in the garden.

There’s Something About Gary, Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ, Thursday, April 27, 7.45pm, details: 020 8807 6680,