On my first day in New York a guy asked me if I knew where Central Park was. When I told him I didn't he said, 'Do you mind if I mug you here?'.
I looked at longevity in show business when I was about 13, and the people who seemed to have longevity were the ones who'd spent quite a bit of time learning about what they were doing before they made it.
The thing about improvisation is that it's not about what you say. It's listening to what other people say. It's about what you hear.
Well, sanity, I suppose, is getting people to see the world your way.
My school days were the happiest days of my life; which should give you some indication of the misery I've endured over the past twenty-five years.
I remember being fascinated by the very nature of comedy from the age of 10; why is this funny, and that isn't?
When I was nine I spent a lot of my time reading books about the history of comedy, or listening to the Goons or Hancock, humour from previous generations.
I was trying to organise my DVDs into a sort of chronological order, and I am afraid that it all trailed off after the Sixties.
When I wake up on a Monday morning and I realise I don't have to go and work at the civil service, I really think I've won.
When I turned about 12 or 13, I realised that being funny wasn't about remembering jokes. It was about creating them.
I've never been disappointed by politicians. I've never invested that much in them in the first place.
I really don't take any interest at all in contemporary comedy.
In fact, I don't watch a lot of contemporary comedy for fear of being influenced by it.
And like the old stereotype, I overcame my shyness by making my friends laugh.