STEPHEN FRY, QI
It’s a little surprising that you haven’t been snapped up for a guest role on House.
to mood, really. I sometimes think ‘ Well, if I concentrated on one thing, if I decided to be just a writer or decided to be just a comedian or just an actor’, I might have had more conspicuous kind of success but I don’t regard success as meaning anything. Happiness is the only success I’m interested in, really, and QI’s just something that is fun. It gives pleasure to people in a very particular sort of way. I like the fact that taxi drivers talk about it – they say ‘ Oh, I thought it was going to be too poncy for me …’ And, of course, people love telling me that I’m wrong.
Your former comedy partner Hugh Laurie has appeared on the show, and he was reportedly quite nervous.
Oh yes, indeed he was. He’s always nervous, Hugh, mind you.
Alan said he was worried that Hugh wouldn’t be able to keep up with you.
That’s nonsense! He can keep up with me – I mean, he’s so brilliant, Hugh. And also, of course, he has so much charm that he’s always absolutely brilliant anyway. Well, funnily enough, when I talked to him he said ‘ You’ve got to come and do an episode’. I said ‘ I’d like to be the visiting doctor from London who’s even nastier than you are. Who makes you look like a pussycat’.