Davidson returns with new play but past routine still haunts
10 March 2011 Last updated at 04:29 GMT
Jim Davidson, the man who went from shelf-stacker, window-cleaner and pub drummer to television host and fund-raiser for the Tory party, fell out of favour years ago.
It wasn't so much his face that didn't fit as his idea of what was funny.
Now he's written and co-stars in a play about a washed-up, racist comic who sees the light.
Mr Davidson spoke to the BBC's Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight.