"I've always been a fan of those great British panel shows and that style of entertainment," Joel confesses, "and I've always loved talking about science and the fun aspect of science that I don't always get the chance to talk about.
"In a former life I have done stand-up comedy, and theatre and acting. This show's something I always wanted to do and I finally had the chance to do it, starting last year and bringing it back again this year."
The show takes Joel around a hundred hours to research, write and prepare. The games, questions and associated audio visual cues are all the culmination of a year's worth of the biggest and oddest science stories. While he's not disclosing any secrets yet on which quirky science stories we have in store this time, Joel reveals his favourite from the 2014 show was the salmon cannon story.
"This is a very serious problem, which is how do salmon cope as dams and other obstructions are built into their waterways when they have to go upstream to spawn. It sounds almost ridiculous, but this company has built what is essentially a cannon for shooting salmon upstream... it's just glorious to watch a salmon flying through the air out of a cannon."
Given the amount of experimentation involved in science, it's bound to get wacky sometimes, whether an experiment fails, or in the salmon cannon's case, actually works. If you're not familiar with the salmon cannon, perhaps this clip from John Oliver can help.
Meet the Panel
While he won't reveal the topics of this year's games and questions, he will tell me all about the exciting Brisbane panellists. The first of which I ask about is Venom Doc Dr Bryan Grieg Fry, who, according to his website, 'has led expeditions to almost 40 countries, been bitten by 26 poisonous snakes, stung by three stingrays - and survived a near-fatal scorpion sting while deep in the Amazon jungle'.
"He's had several near death experiences," Joel continues, "He has a lot of interesting stories and he's just put out a new book."
"Lucy works in medical physics helping to manage and helping design medical imaging devices and so forth," Joel says, "She comes from a very 'industrial science' kind of background."
"Wally has done a lot of different things in his career and brings with him a wealth of biochemical knowledge, which may or may not be useful on the night - that remains to be seen! He's a great entertainer as well as being a brilliant scientist, so that is why he's on our panel this year."