Prison widens your circle of friends. In my stand-up, I can now talk about things that no one else has the right to touch.
The inventory process and stepping back in your life can sometimes be a very dark process. But it also can be extremely funny and surprising.
It's evolve or die, really, you have to evolve, you have to move on otherwise it just becomes stagnant.
I have a stepladder. It's a very nice stepladder but it's sad that I never knew my real ladder.
I'm busy and that's the way I like it - when I have too much downtime I get into trouble.
I've been very lucky, this is my 30th year on TV.
There was never any career plan. When 'Red Dwarf' started I thought we were doing a curious little sitcom on BBC2, I didn't think I was becoming an actor. I didn't see that 21 years later I'd still be talking about it, let alone filming a new one. For me everything's always been an accident.
Critics called me 'egregious' - I had to look that one up - and 'creepy', but now I don't read them, I weigh them.
You've got to take the positives.
For me, everything has always been an accident.
It's not supposed to be easy, if it's easy, it's no good, that's the way I look at it.
I've got wealth and fame but I haven't changed my roots.
My life has been, I suppose, the most incredible series of highs and lows.
Once journalists have been rifling through your dustbins, you do try and keep them at arms' length.
We were the only black family in an estate with 1,000 white families. Liverpool being quite racist in the Sixties, it was a bit grim growing up.
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