” When I was a teenager, I met a comedian who I admired, and he was very rude to me. That’s why when people come up to me I try not to be rude. I don’t want to name who he is, but it really put me off watching his stuff since. “


” My teeth are all right, but they are not American teeth, and my hair is not thick and luscious. Los Angeles is dense with beautiful people, and most of the men who are aspiring actors are 5ft 5in, so I tower above them. “


” I know that this sounds grand, but I don’t try to compete with other people. I like to think there’s enough pie for everyone. The kind of people I’m competing with are my heroes – Woody Allen, Billy Wilder – who I know I’m going to fall short of. “


” I’m too tall. I am 6ft 7in, so I’ve been most people’s height at some point in my life, and 6ft 4in is the best. You’re tall, but you don’t have to bend when you go through a door. “


” It never really occurs to me that I’m doing cringe comedy. It’s something that people tell me afterwards, and I say, ‘Again? Really? I never set out with that intention. “


” There’s this way pop culture has been rammed down our throats that people think that if they were just in the right place at the right time, they’d be married to Heidi Klum. “


” People think all fame is the same, but being on BBC Two from time to time does not make you Warren Beatty. I honestly can’t impress that upon people enough. “


” People don’t mind insulting the tall. We’re supposed to be fine with being awkward and skinny. I’m very easy to psychoanalyse. I was a gangly, awkward teenager who could make people laugh and thought that was a way to be socially more comfortable. “


” When I started to mention to people who know about such things, ‘I’m doing this game, ‘Portal 2’, they got very excited, suddenly. More excited than anything I’ve ever done before, weirdly. Gamers are incredibly enthusiastic about the stuff they love. “


” My heroes – people like Woody Allen – were stand-up comedians. Therefore, I always felt I should give it a go. “


” I was trying for years to woo people through humour, but it seems flash cars are much easier. “


” When we did ‘The Office,’ no one knew who we were, so it was easy to champion us, you could own us. Once you become successful, people don’t have that any more, so it becomes more polarised. Some people want to champion you, and others want to slag you off. It doesn’t concern me. “



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My teeth are all right, but they are not American teeth, and my hair is not thick and luscious. Los Angeles is dense with beautiful people, and most of the men who are aspiring actors are 5ft 5in, so I tower above them.
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People think all fame is the same, but being on BBC Two from time to time does not make you Warren Beatty. I honestly can
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When I started to mention to people who know about such things,
My heroes - people like Woody Allen - were stand-up comedians. Therefore, I always felt I should give it a go.
I was trying for years to woo people through humour, but it seems flash cars are much easier.
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