” A lot of my comic influences are distinctly American: Woody Allen and Bob Hope, for example. They were always the underdogs who were using wit to sort of battle their way through. And it seems to me that a lot of contemporary U.S. comedies are shot through with losers. None of the characters in ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ for instance, are studs. “


” I’ve always been a fan of physical comedy. It kind of hits you in a different way, it bypasses the intellect and hits you in the gut. “


” 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. “


” I’ve jokingly said that everything I’m doing now is filling up the hours before I die, but I do feel that slightly. I have no religious beliefs so this is the ride. This is it. So I’m just like anyone, I suppose, trying to fill out the days in the most interesting way possible. “



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