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Black Books adheres to a more old fashioned, traditional sitcom format, which I think works, because in its own way, it's quite theatrical.
I don't go to different countries to criticise their political system and tell them what they should be doing - what do I know?
America is this incredible mosaic of immigrants, so people really want to be anchored in some kind of culture as well as the one they are living in.
I don't really think of myself as an actor.
I quite fancy the 1940s. I like the trams and the trousers.
Showing off seemed to me to be a highly valuable and necessary activity when I was 20.
The characters can't be wittier than people are in real life. They have to be character witty.
The East is very mysterious to Westerners. Even post-Cold War, it's still an unknown entity.
We are both drawn to surreal situations so the writing was a joy.
You're not going to learn anything if you're not prepared to go flat, so I'm very happy to go flat.
A lot of the fiction I read growing up was post-war American, and not all of it centers on Manhattan, but around people of the Mad Men generation, people like John Cheever and, in more modern times, Don DeLillo, who I always mention.
I never really had a career, to be honest with you. I never in my life sat down and planned it. I have thought, 'Oh, I'd like to do this,' like anybody would. But I'm not the type that says, 'If I do this, it will lead to that.'
I suppose the best comedy shows do have the rock n' roll feeling - if it's a great night, and the roof is raised... yeah, it's a similar feeling, sure.
I write all the time, but you just want to be careful what you put out. That's all. You want to have the confidence that you've done what you need to do to it, because otherwise it's an exercise in vanity.
I've always been a big consumer of American journalism over the years and had an interest in the history of it and of the press in America; how it has changed.
What I prefer is an audience who listen. And are intelligent. Which I try and assume every audience is. And that if something goes wrong, it's generally my fault and not theirs.
You try various things when you're growing up. I was an attache in the Foreign Service for a while and then I drove a bulldozer, but neither of those panned out for me so it had to be stand-up.
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