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Mark "Bill" Bailey, (born 1965, Bath, England.) is an English comedian, actor, and musician known for appearing on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI: Quite Interesting and Black Books as well as his stand up comedy. He is a self proclaimed "confused hippie" and "part troll" Bailey spent the majority of his childhood in Bath, where he attended King Edward's School. He excelled in music, but also claims to have been good at sports, which often surprised his teachers. It was here that he was given his nickname Bill, when a history teacher once sang the old wartime song Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey in class.
He spent his early years listening to Monty Python records, and rehearsing with a band called the "Famous Five", which he himself confesses were rubbish. However, he is a classically trained musician and received an associateship with the London College of Music. Despite this, he has said that he always had the temptation to be silly with music, a trait that influences his stand-up shows.