It is hard to tell if British comedian Michael McIntyre is kidding or being humble.
In a telephone interview with Life! to promote his show here on Nov 12, the highest-grossing comedian in the world asks this reporter: "Where am I playing? Can you help me put people in it?"
Expressing concern at whether people would actually turn up to see him perform in Singapore, he adds: "Are there a lot of British people there?"
Not that he expects to perform just for a British audience in Singapore. He is just worried that Singaporeans do not know him at all.
"I'm going to need somebody to show up for my show, it's a bit late to convince the locals. That should help, you know, the Brits."
His show next month at Star Theatre is his first solo performance in Singapore.
The last time he was here was nearly 10 years ago, as part of a small comedy show in a bar for an expatriate crowd.
A lot has changed for him since then.
McIntyre, 37, is now one of the highest-earning stand-up comics in the world, filling up the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena in London for 10 nights straight last year.
According to British reports, his first DVD Live & Laughing (2008) was the fastest-selling debut stand-up DVD of all-time, which was later surpassed by Hello Wembley!, his 2009 release which sold more than 1.4 million copies.