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What I don't like is dance music or hip hop or any of that sort of thing.

Hacking into a victim of crime's phone is a sort of poetically elegant manifestation of a modus operandi the tabloids have.

Most of all I don't want to be bored. That's why I'd rather do something that has some sort of ambition, that risks failing, rather than make safer, more comfortable choices.

If you are a great dramatic actor then you often don't know if people are enjoying your stuff at all because they are sitting there in silence. But with comedy it's a simple premise. If it's funny, people laugh. If it's not, they don't.

I try to not make safe choices, but I also like to do stuff which is interesting and is sort of exciting in some way and accessible.

But with comedy it's a simple premise. If it's funny, people laugh. If it's not, they don't.

I did not become successful in my work through embracing or engaging in celebrity culture. I never signed away my privacy in exchange for success.

I don't go to premieres, unless I'm contractually bound to.

I find impressionists slightly annoying, really.

I happen to have a public profile. Ditto newspaper editors. It's a result of what I do, not an end.

I want my work to be judged, not me.

The great thing is that the funny side of getting old is fuel for my comedy.

The best feeling in the world is performing in front of a live audience who like what you're doing. I can understand why people become dictators just because of the thrill they get making the speeches.

When you tour you become more intimate with your audience. It's like I need reassurance that they like me or at least find me relevant. And that I can still do it.

If you chase something too desperately, it eludes you.

If you start to disrespect the character you're playing, or play it too much for laughs, that can work for a sketch, it will sell some gags, but it's all technique. It's like watching a juggler - you can be impressed by it, but it's not going to touch you in any way.

The trick is always to write in pairs because if at least two people find it funny, you've immediately halved the odds of it not being funny.

Even great people are always slightly disappointing, which is generally what makes them interesting.

Me, myself, personally, I like to keep myself private. I have never said I am a paragon of virtue, a model of morality. I simply do what I do.

I've always been drawn to discomfort and that limbo of unease you get between comedy and tragedy. Making people laugh one moment and the next making them feel really uncomfortable.