CT: What is the most unusual idea you’ve had, and what is the most unusual show you have produced?
I’ve done some pretty weird stuff. The first big show I directed was a live stage adaptation of the Robin Williams film Hook with a cast of 20 comedians. That was quite nuts. I wrote a play called ‘Computer Boy’ about a boy who wished he was a computer which featured a scene where Luke McQueen slowly grated broccoli onto honey spread on his chest.
Also, I recently performed an evening of Only Fools and Horses inspired performance art. There was another time where we did after dinner speaking in a curry-house on Brick Lane — the best bit being that we hadn’t told the restaurant.
CT: What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?
Don’t concentrate on breaking into the business. Concentrate on making something interesting. I have a day-job which pays the bills; it means I can properly enjoy being on stage.
CT: What’s next for you?
I’m writing a pantomime for Christmas. We do it every year. We raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital charity and generally have a lot of fun. I’m also writing a new show for Leicester too — it’s called ‘There my hat’.
Oh and the Harry Potter thing**, obviously that’s going to be incredible.
CT: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
All members of Fugazi, because they’re incredible. I’d keep the meal vegetarian and invite Morrissey too; then, to make sure it doesn’t stay all too serious, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson from Broad City. Maybe I’d invite the rest of the Weirdos down too — depends if they have rehearsals.
CT: If you opened up a fortune cookie what would it say?
‘I believe in miracles. Where you from? You sexy thing.’
CT: How would you describe your comedy in 80 characters?
A less talented and less likeable version of Rik Mayall makes things out of cardboard and ropes his friends into creating chaos onstage.
Apple Pie or Chocolate Cake? Apple Pie
Snape or The Dark Lord? Snape (obviously)
Step Brothers or Bridesmaids? Step Brothers
Stand-up or slapstick? Slapstick
St Petersburg or Bali? Bali
Marauders Map or Invisibility Cloak? OMG BEST QUESTION EVER! (Invisibility Cloak)
**The Harry Potter Thing:
I wrote the Harry Potter thing because . . . I love Harry Potter . . . look a bit like him and wanted to write something about the wilderness years that I felt hadn’t really been captured by Rowling (basically what happens after book 7, but before the happy ending bit in book 7).