I know I’d be an absolutely horrendous politician.
I knew I was going to go into the field and make fun of people to their faces. I knew what I was getting into.
I find it hard in my general life to think further than the week ahead.
I feel non-stop Brit shame!
Every empire has to get sucked down the drain. As a British person, I know how it feels.
Armando Iannucci is one of my heroes. As I was growing up, he was probably the most influential comic voice that I had.
A Southern accent is not a club in my bag.
The disconnect between America and its military is shocking.
The British press are a group of unremitting scumbags. And sometimes they use that scumbaggery to good ends, and often not.
It really helps a comedian to be an outsider.
Americans just don’t understand dry wit.
You have to do stand-up quite a long time before you learn how to do it well. It was probably years before I was confident enough in stand-up that I was able to talk about the things I wanted to talk about, the way I wanted to talk about them.
You don’t really know when stand-up material is TV ready; it’s just at what point you’re willing to let it go and not work on it anymore. I’m not sure there is a point at which you think: ‘And that is finished.’
My family is from Liverpool, so I have some of those vowel sounds, I’ve got the slack tone of someone from Birmingham, and then I was raised in Bedford, which is just north of London. So my accent, if it’s possible, makes even less sense to a Brit than to an American.
If you’re asking me, would I have voted for Mitt Romney, the answer is absolutely not. Emphatically not. I cannot envision a world in which I would have voted for Mitt Romney unless I sustained a massive concussion.