His love of harmonicas, a soft spot for the Segway human transporter and his unlikely romance with a Cheeky Girl marked out Lembit Opik as one of Westminster's more light-hearted characters.
Now, after the surprise of losing his seat at the election, the eccentric former MP has decided to try a career as a stand-up comedian.
The Bangor-born 45-year-old, who suffered a huge swing in losing Montgomeryshire, will make his debut at a small gig in London next month, where he promises his 10-minute routine will boast an “observational” brand of comedy. “I'm going to give it a go. I enjoy performing,” he said.
“I have already done some after-dinner speeches, so am used to that. I have also appeared on Have I Got News For You, which is completely unscripted.
“Life's too short not to take the breaks when they come along,” he said.
The former politician’s first performance will be a short routine in front of a maximum of 70 people at the Backstage Comedy Club, in Leicester Square, on June 2.